There were only five show homes built in 1959 in the small community at 104th Avenue and Grant Drive. Ten years later, this growing community in unincorporated Adams County was the focus of a legal battle for annexation.
“It was possible that the city of Northglenn wouldn’t even exist,” said Elizabeth Moreland Candelario, who authored the newly released book “Images of America: Northglenn.”
“Early residents initially voted down incorporation. However, as other cities began to annex parts of Northglenn, residents felt strongly about their unique identity and fought all the way to the (Colorado) Supreme Court for the right to incorporate as a city.”
Candelario spent five months doing research for the pictorial history book, which was published by Arcadia Publishing and went on sale Monday. The book includes 221 images that she gathered from the city, local residents, churches and organizations.
“One of the things I found was that many of the early residents still live in Northglenn,” said Candelario, 34. “I talked with one resident who was one of the first families to move into the community when she was a baby, she remained in Northglenn and is raising her own family in the community.”
Candelario said one of the things that stands out about Northglenn is its ability to revitalize its community, which is important since the city is landlocked. She cited the preservation of the Stonehocker farmhouse and the resurrection of a shopping area at 104th and Interstate 25 as examples.
“When the mall was demolished, the city rebuilt a new shopping center to provide a place for residents to shop,” she said. “Residents came together to save a part of the city’s history when they prevented the destruction of the Stonehocker farmhouse. Not only did they save the house, they were able to restore the house to how it looked when it was built.”
Candelario is no stranger to the area. She was raised in Thornton and moved to Northglenn nine years ago. Along with having roots to the area, Candelario is also a member of the Northglenn Historic Preservation Commission and a history professor at Colorado Christian University.
Candelario said the book is not just about highlighting the well-known figures in the community.
“It’s the every day lives that makes the city. That’s what I hope comes through in the book,” she said.
Northglenn Mayor Joyce Downing said Candelario did a great job capturing the city in her book.
“It has a lot of great photos of people, founding fathers, as well as community leaders and events that happened here in Northglenn throughout the years,” Downing said.
About 95 cities in Colorado have been featured by Arcadia Publishing, many of which are part of the Image of America series, including Craig, Great Sand Dunes National Park and Lowry Air Force Base.
“The Images of America series chronicles the history of small towns and downtowns across the country,” said Suzanne Lynch, sales and marketing specialist with Arcadia Publishing. “Local authors transform dusty albums and artifacts into meaningful walks down memory lane.”
“Northglenn” can be found at online bookstores, local retailers and at www.arcadiapublishing.com.