Littleton

/lit"l teuhn/, n.
1. Sir Thomas, c1407-1481, English jurist and author.
2. a town in NE Colorado. 28,631.

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      city, seat (1904) of Arapahoe county, north-central Colorado, U.S. Parts of the city also lie within Douglas and Jefferson counties. Located 11 miles (18 km) south of Denver, the city arose on the site of a flour mill and granary established in 1867 to serve the gold camps in the Rocky Mountain foothills farther west. Named for Richard Sullivan Little, a hydraulic engineer who purchased a large tract of land and settled in the area, it was designated the village of Littleton in 1872, a year after the railroad arrived there. The local economy was largely agricultural until World War II, when several war-matériel plants were built; many of those were converted to aerospace production after the war. Much of the original city centre was heavily damaged in a 1965 flood of the South Platte River, after which new housing developments were constructed.

      Once surrounded by farmlands, Littleton is now largely suburban and effectively indistinguishable from adjoining communities in the Denver metropolitan area. Alfred (or Alferd) Packer (1842–1907), infamous as a murderer and cannibal, lived in Littleton during the last years of his life and is buried in the city's historic cemetery; his grave attracts many visitors. In 1999 the city's Columbine High School was the site of a mass shooting by two students. The Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad Depot (1887), restored in the 1990s, is now an art centre and gallery. Inc. 1890. Pop. (1990) 33,685; (2000) 40,340.

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