Introduction to Thornton, Colorado
Thornton, Colorado, in Adams county, is 8 miles N of Denver, Colorado. The city is conveniently located inside the Denver metropolitan area. There are an estimated 82,384 people in Thornton.
Until 1953, the area now known as Thornton consisted primarily of farmlands. Sam Hoffman purchased land off of Washington Street in 1953 and planned what would eventually become Thornton. It was the first planned community in Adams county. The town was named in honor of Colorado Governor, Dan Thornton. Thornton was incorporated as a city in 1956.
Thornton and nearby Attractions
- Forney Museum of Transportation
- Colorado Governor's Mansion
- Denver Zoo
- Grasmer Lake
- Holly Park
- Park Hill Golf Club
Things To Do In Thornton
During a stay in Thornton, one can visit the historic sites in Denver like the Colorado State Capitol, the Colorado Governor's Mansion and the Denver Mint. Those interested in the regional history can pay a visit to the Forney Museum of Transportation, which has some interesting exhibits of antique automobiles, carriages, bicycles and locomotives. Golfers can spend a day at the Park Hill Golf Club. In addition, the city hosts the Harvest Fest every September and the Winterfest every December.
Buckley AFB Airport is close by.
Thornton Higher Education
ITT Technical Institute is the closest school providing adult education opportunities. For higher learning, one can also enroll at Front Range Community College or Regis University.