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Wheat Ridge, Co. occupies approximately 10 square miles of rolling land in the northwest area of metropolitan Denver and is adjacent to the Interstate 70 transportation corridor between Denver and the Rocky Mountains. Although commercial wheat production is a thing of the past, the ridges remain which provide expansive views of the front range.

In 1859 a small group of farmers, some who came to Colorado in search of gold and silver began a rural village in this location. By the late 1800's, good soils and plentiful water led to the development of a small farming community. Until World War II, the Wheat Ridge community was a major supplier of fresh produce to Denver. During the 40's and 50's as the city evolved, carnation production became a major growth industry. Today several carnation greenhouses survive in the northwest metropolitan area. Each year in August the City celebrates this heritage with the Carnation Festival. Initiated in 1970, the festival draws thousands of people to this premier civic event.

The City was incorporated in 1969 as a statutory city.

Map: Wheat Ridge

Region: Metro Denver Area Regional Information

County: Jefferson

Proximity to other towns: Located 6 miles from Denver, 3.5 miles from Arvada, 4.5 miles from Lakewood, 10.8 miles from Golden

Population: 30,979

Elevation: 5410 feet

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