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Thornton, Co. once consisted solely of farmland until 1953, when a lot was purchased off Washington Street about seven miles north of Denver. Thornton was named in honor of Colorado Governor Dan Thornton.

The Thornton Community Association (TCA) was formed in 1954 to help guide the new community's development. By the end of 1955, Thornton had 5,500 residents in over 1,200 homes. The TCA was instrumental in Thornton's 1956 incorporation as a city. Oyer G. Leary was elected the first mayor.

Map: Thornton

Region: Metro Denver Area Regional Information

County: Adams

Proximity to other towns: Located 11.1 miles from Denver, 3.7 miles from Northglenn, 3.8 miles from Westminster, 8.1 miles from Broomfield

Population: 109,155

Elevation: 5342 feet

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