It was announced on December 24th 1952 that they were going to build a home project north of Denver and this was to be called Thornton. The name was decided after the Denver Mayor Dan Thornton. Homes were being built, community associations and clubs started forming in Thornton. Then on May 26th 1956 Thornton was officially incorporated as a Colorado City. The populuation had climbed to 8,640 people and it was one square mile in size. The state legislature passed a bill into law that legally recognized Thornton as a city making it the 11th largest city in Colorado.
Through the sixty's Thornton continued to grow gradually, hiring a city manager to help with local government. The community continued to evolve and grow up as they selected a city seal and overwhelmingly approved a "Home Rule" for the city which gave the local government more control over running city issues.
The seventy's brought on more population and Thornton began to annex property adding to the size and scope of the city. Things begin to look more and more like an official city as a 500,000 gallon water tower was built, the first rec center and high school were opened. Margaret Carpenter is elected as the first mayor in 1979 and serves for more than 20 years
The seventy's brought on more population and Thornton began to annex property adding to the size and scope of the city. Things begin to look more and more like an official city as a 500,000 gallon water tower was built, the first rec center and high school were opened. Margaret Carpenter is elected as the first mayor in 1979 and serves for more than 20 years. The city saw a massive expansion in residents during the seventy's almost quadrupling the total size of the city in a 10 year period.
The eighty's and ninety's saw continued growth and expansion of the city along with 2 signficant natural disasters. in 1981 saw the worst tornado in recorded Denver history and it landed in Thornton. Then a year later the Blizzard of 1982 hit the metro area wreaking havoc on residents. Through these traumatic events the city enjoyed it's 25th anniversary and saw the building of a senior center and repurposing the North Valley Mall into a business center. Also in 1999 the Thornton Harvest Fest and has become an annual event.
The new century mark was reached and Thornton continued to develop as it had reached 27.2 square miles and 80,000 people. This decade brought a new community festival called WinterFest, an upgrade to the water treatment plant and the opening of Larkridge the largest northern retail center at 963,000 square feet.
Baker Builders is proud to be apart of the fabric of Thornton and northern Colorado. If you are considering a basement finishing project please consider giving us a call.
Once your project is completed, you will receive a signed certificate of completion and warranty letter
Baker Builders had a great deal of respect for our space and sincerely cared about our satisfaction of the project