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  • Chronological History of Jeffco – the 1960s
     

    February 9, 1960

    Adolph Coors, III murdered. 

    August 1, 1960

    First phase of Westland Shopping Center opens at Colfax and Miller Street. 

    October 16, 1960

    Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport dedicated as Jefferson County Airport. 

    1961

    Broomfield incorporated. 

    January 11, 1963

    All time coldest temperature in Jefferson County of -56 degrees recorded in Buffalo Creek. 

    July 1963

    First county courthouse at 1501 Washington Avenue demolished. 

    1965

    Floods hit Clear Creek, Tucker Gulch and South Platte, causing major metro area damage. 

    1966

    Hall of Justice at 18th and Arapahoe in Golden completed.

    Construction of Interstate 70 in Jefferson County begins at Sheridan Blvd.

    March 10, 1966

    Villa Italia Shopping Center opens at the southeast corner of Alameda Parkway and Wadsworth Blvd.

    1967

    Rockmont College, now Colorado Christian University, moves to Lakewood. 
     
    Toll taken off of the Denver Boulder Turnpike. 

    Construction of Interstate 70 between Sheridan Blvd. and Wadsworth Blvd. (2 miles) completed.

    1968

    Construction of Interstate 70 between Wadsworth Blvd. and Kipling St. (2 miles) and between Kipling St. and Ward Road (1.7 miles) completed.

    September 4, 1968

    Golden Post Office collapses while under construction, killing one and injuring four.

    1969

    Lakewood incorporated.  

    Westminster annexed into Jefferson County, including Standley Lake.

    Construction of Interstate 70 between West Colfax Ave. and State Highway 26/U.S. 40 Junction - entrance to Mount Vernon Canyon (2.9 miles) completed.  (Construction began in 1967.)

    June 17, 1969

    Wheat Ridge incorporated.