Thornton is north of Denver in north central Colorado and is the site of Heritage Todd Creek, a 55+ community with beautiful duplexes and single family homes. Amenities include a golf course, a salt water pool, tennis courts, planned outings and invigorating Rocky Mountian views.
Spanish explorers first visited this area in the 1500s, and Juan de Ulibarri claimed it for Spain two centuries later in 1706. Eastern Colorado was part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, and the middle section came along with Texas in 1845 when Texas became a state. The western section arrived last in 1848 thanks to the Mexican War.
The state has the highest average elevation in the U.S., with many peaks taller than 10,000 feet and 58 peaks taller than 14,000 feet. Majestic Pikes Peak outside of Colorado Springs was discovered by an army lieutenant named Zebulon Pike in 1806.
Agriculture and mining were Colorado's main industries for many years, but these days the service industry, printing, publishing, electrical instruments, and machinery manufacturing play a significant economic role. Farming is important, too, with livestock, wheat, hay and corn bringing in substantial revenue every year.
Tourists flock to the state for its spectacular scenery, world class skiing, Mesa Verde National Park, Dinosaur National Monument and Great Sand Dunes National Monument. Coloradoans are some of the healthiest, thinnest people in the country, and they love partaking in outdoor activities, everything from bicylcing and rafting to camping and running.
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