Westminster, Colorado

Westminster Business Signs

Westminster is located in the central part of the current U.S. state of Colorado.  Prior to intervention by the United States, this land belonged to the Arapahoe peoples under the 1851 Treaty of Fort Laramie.  However, during the 1850s, gold was discovered in the area, and United States citizens flooded in.  The Land Act of 1862 caused many settlers to pick Colorado over California, which was undergoing its own gold rush at the time.

The first permanent white settler to arrive in what would become the Westminster, Colorado area, specifically, was Pleasant DeSpain, who built his home there in 1870.  At this time, the area became known as DeSpain Junction.  In 1881, horse breeder Edward Bruce Bowles arrived.  Bowles became instrumental in constructing the town’s train depot.  By 1885, C.J. Harris, who was a real estate developer from Connecticut, had also arrived in the area and began buying up large portions of land.  The town was soon renamed Harris, but it was also known, confusingly, as Darell Park.  The town’s name was finally cemented by 1911, when it was named Westminster, in honor of Westminster University, which had been founded in the town in 1892.

According to a 2010 estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau, the modern-day town of Westminster, Colorado has a total population of 106,114 people.  This makes it the seventh most populous city in the state of Colorado and the 237th most populous city in the United States.  Westminster, Colorado is also considered part of the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, Colorado Metropolitan Statistical Area.  The Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, Colorado Metropolitan Statistical Area, according to a 2015 estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau, has a total population of 2,812,732 people.  This makes it the 21st most populous metropolitan area in the United States.

In July of 2006, CNN’s Money Magazine ranked Westminster, Colorado as the 24th best place to live in the United States.  Westminster, Colorado is home to Western Fuels Association, even though, according to the city’s 2012 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the largest employer in the area is Avaya.  Avaya provides 900 local jobs, while St. Anthony North Hospital is Westminster, Colorado’s second largest employer, responsible for 800 people.

Undoubtedly, though, the most famous landmark in the Westminster, Colorado area is Westminster University itself, the town’s namesake.  Westminster University goes by a few names, in fact.  It is also known as “Westminster Castle”, “The Big Red Castle”, and “The Pillar of Fire.”  Built in 1892, Westminster Castle is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and the Colorado State Register of Historic Properties.

Westminster began as a vision New Yorker Henry T. Mayham had in 1890, when he saw it as becoming “The Princeton of the West.”  Mayham established Westminster, originally, as a Presbyterian university.  It was designed by Stanford White and given its remarkable red aesthetic due to its red sandstone material.  (Which had been mined from the Red Rocks/Manitou area.)  It is a prime example of the Richardsonian Romanesque school of architecture.  Sadly, due to World War One stripping it of all its students in 1917, Westminster University was forced to close its doors.

Westminster Castle, however, was bought by the White Nationalist Pillar of Fire Church in 1920.  It was frequently used for Ku Klux Klan meetings and cross burnings.  Apparently, however, in 1997, the Pillar of Fire Church, which still owns the property, “repudiated its historical association with the Klan.”  Westminster University is now home to Belleview Christian Schools.

The city of Westminster, Colorado is home to no professional sports franchises of note.  It is, however, home to several golf courses such as Legacy Ridge Golf Course, The Heritage Golf Course at Westmoor, and the Hyland Hills Golf Course.

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