Introduction to Wheat Ridge, Colorado
Wheat Ridge, Colorado, in Jefferson county, is 2 miles S of Arvada, Colorado and 5 miles W of Denver, Colorado. The city is located in the Denver metropolitan area. Wheat Ridge has a population of 32,913.
Wheat Ridge History
Wheat Ridge was founded by prospectors in 1859. Initially, Wheat Ridge was a farming community that supported Denver and other neighboring mining communities. The community named Whest Ridge because of the wheat crop that was grown here. Wheat Ridge faced threats of annexation by surrounding counties, which led to its incorporation as a city in August of 1969.
Wheat Ridge and nearby Attractions
- Wheat Ridge Historical Park
- Colorado Governor's Mansion
- Lakewood's Heritage Center
- Children's Museum of Denver
- Colorado's Ocean Journey
- Denver Zoo
Things To Do In Wheat Ridge
While in Wheat Ridge, one can visit historic sites like the Colorado Governor's Mansion, the Colorado State Capitol, the Denver Mint and the Wheat Ridge Historical Park. The Children's Museum of Denver showcases exhibits designed especially for children under the age of 8. The Lakewood Heritage Center, the Museum of Contemporary Art- Denver, the Colorado History Museum and the Museum of Western Art are also close by. One can also enjoy a number of recreational activities during a stay in the city.
Wheat Ridge Transportation
Denver International is the nearest major airport.
Wheat Ridge Higher Education
Emily Griffith Opportunity School, Regis University, Red Rocks Community College, the Colorado School of Mines and Front Range Community College are all close by.