Looking west on Grandview Ave. (Main St.)- 1908
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The first documented gold discovery here occurred on June 22, 1850. A prospector headed for California, Lewis Ralston, dipped his gold
pan into a stream. His return was a $5 gold nugget. In 1858, Ralston brought a group of prospectors back to the site of his first discovery.

Farmers soon arrived in order to sell supplies to miners. The railroad was built through the area in 1870. The settlers, needing to establish a
town so that the railroad stop could have a name, filed a town plat. The town was named Arvada after the brother-in-law of one of the

Although now considered a suburb of Denver, in the 1800's Arvada got its start as an agricultural community. Today, a blend of historic and
modern architecture makes for a suburb mindful of its small-town roots.

The Arvada Historical Society provides a tour of old downtown, including the 1926 Arvada Flour Mill, now on the National Register of Historic

Olde Town Arvada Is a national Main Street community.

                                                              Yak & Yeti Restaurant

                                                     7803 Ralston Road - Arvada - 303-431-9000 -

Above photo from:  ~ (the previous restaurant that had occupied the space)

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VIDEO: Ghost Haunting Metro Area Restaurant?

A restaurant in Arvada hired a paranormal investigator to find out if a ghost is really haunting the eatery

August 6, 2008

ARVADA  --  We've all heard of ghosts haunting houses. But what about a restaurant? A group of paranormal investigators is looking into
claims of spirits inhabiting an Arvada eatery. Click on the video clip to check out some of the investigators intriguing findings.

                                   Did someone say ghosts?

August 10, 2008

For those who do not yet know, the Cheshire Cat Brew Pub in Arvada is gone. In its place, the Yak and Yeti moved in to give local diners a
new and different treat, and a haunted experience. Apparently, sometime between when the old occupants left and the new ones moved in,
ghosts appeared.

The outside looks the same, as does the interior, and someone is still brewing beer, but now there are guests at all hours of the day. One
employee was very sincere relating her experiences in the back room at night. She heard doors banging and pans hitting the floor. She
thought it was the work of ghosts. I right away thought of the raccoons that frequent in the neighborhood. She went on to tell of chairs
moving and other seemingly normal happenings that she was certain were supernatural visitations. Yes, it is a creepy, old building better
suited to the Addams Family than to a restaurant, but the ghost stories left me unconvinced. So, I tried the food.

Readers will remember the visit to the Yak and Yeti in Westminster just a few short weeks ago. As is customary, I try to visit a restaurant a
few times before reaching an absolute verdict, and even that is not always on the mark. Fortunately, for Yak and Yeti, their menu of dishes
from India and Nepal is suited perfectly for just such sampling. Even vegetarians can choose from a wide variety of options and not settle for
just a few selections. On this visit, we went with the Dinner Club.

With only five in attendance, I still was able to get rulings on five separate dishes while trying a couple of new ones myself. We sampled the
Vegetable Biryani, the Chicken Tandoori, the Shrimp Curry, the Vegetable Momo, and, for me, the Vegetable Vindaloos. I went for the
Vindaloos because it is supposed to be hot and spicy and that is the way I like food. I ordered mine extra spicy against the caution of others.

I liked the Vindaloos, especially since it did not have the cream sauce of some of the dishes I tried before, but it was not as spicy as I was
hoping. I added some of their hot sauce, and that made all the difference. Overall, it was my best experience yet with Indian food. This
cuisine is still not my favorite, but I am still learning about what I like and do not like.

I also tried another Indian beer, the Flying Horse. It was good, but the Taj Mahal beer I had before was better. What was really impressive
about this restaurant on this visit was the attentive, appreciative and cooperative wait staff. They were adorable. They really made us all feel
welcome and comfortable. All around, it was a very good experience at a very good price and all topped off with a belly dancer. I do not
know if belly dancers generally accompany Indian food, but I do know you do not usually find that type of cuisine in a brewpub either, so
what the heck?

This belly dancer was a bit thin, relatively speaking, but she danced well and did not linger long at any one table. It took customers a while to
join in the fun, but, by the time we left, she was sporting a new outfit made of tips. It was fun.

On this visit, I will bump Yak and Yeti up to an “A”. Although I did not check the condition of the restrooms, the rest of the restaurant was
very clean.  Everyone was pleased with the food and we all enjoyed the evening. After all, the most important reason for dining out is to
enjoy the evening. Ghost stories will always attract customers, and, even though I did not see a ghost, I am happy they are on the menu.
Offering ghosts, belly dancers and plenty of menu options, Yak and Yeti might just be able to make a go of it in Arvada.

For more info: The "new" Yak and Yeti Arvada 7803 Ralston Road. 303-431-9000

Most entrees in the $8.00 to $12.00 range.  Also serving a variety of appetizers and Indian breads.  Fresh brewed beer available too.

History of the Cheshire Cat Brewpub

In 1864, Eli Allen built a "one-story frame house (24' X 27') with a board floor and cellar under the house." This cellar appears to still exist
under the east side of the present house, today known as the Cheshire Cat Brewpub, a basement 24' X 27'. Eli Allen was the second
postmaster of Arvada, having taken over from Benjamin Wadsworth in 1882. He operated that Post Office from his home until 1889, when
the structure was described as "a lovely home" at the location of present day Ralston Road and Yarrow Street. The Allen family also
maintained race horses in a large stable on the property, and were instrumental in the development of the Highline Canal, giving them water
to irrigate their crops as early as1863.

Eli's son, C. Irwin Allen, took over the property in 1891 and, in preparation for his upcoming marriage, upgraded the existing house, or
perhaps built an entirely new two-story, brick structure on its site. Irwin passed away unexpectedly at the age of 28, leaving the unfinished
house and property to his new bride, Jennie. Photographs of the house from period show the distinctive fish-scale shingles, windows, roof-
pitch and carved barge boards still visible today.

In 1894, the independently wealthy Elias W. VanVoorhis came to Colorado for health reasons. While on a buggy ride along Ralston Road,
he and his young bride Cora spotted the house, and later bought it from the widow Allen. They completed the construction, and hired a
Denver architect to design an addition to the west side of the house, which was completed in 1895. The two sides were joined at the tower,
creating the basic look of the house today (see photo above).

Cora and Elias had twin daughters, but only Elizabeth, called Betty, survived. Betty married Milton "Nic" Nicholson, part of a well-known family
of masons and builders, who were involved in the construction of several of Arvada's churches. Cora VanVoorhis's sister, mother and uncle
Ned lived with the family in this house, and Uncle Ned used to take refuge from all the women, reading in what is now known as the tower
room, which he called the "Sanctuary." Ned, Cora's mother, sister, and husband Elias eventually passed away, leaving Cora living in the big
house with Betty and Nic, and their daughter and son.

In 1929, a fire was started by baby mice playing with wooden matches (so said the Arvada Fire Marshall), which caused extensive damage
on the east side, including the destruction of the balconies. Cora saved the sleeping children by wrapping them in wet sheets and carrying
them downstairs through the smoke.

Nic and Betty used to celebrate their birthdays together each year (Nic's was September 1, Betty's was September 2), with an all-night party,
beginning with a stuffed pork chop dinner in the upstairs dining room, then off for dancing until midnight at the Trocadero Ballroom in Elitch
Gardens, and back to the house for date cake. Bridge parties were also common in this room, and Betty's orange embroidery is still visible
on the wall.

Cora died in the 1940's, from injuries suffered in a fall down the stairs. Nic and Betty's daughter Katie (Katherine) reported visits from Cora's
ghost after the funeral, and stories tell that Uncle Ned is also still roaming the halls, but both are said to be friendly.

After the death of her mother, Betty divorced Nic, cut down the trees and modernized the house. She subdivided the 33 acre homestead
and sold the lots, then turned the big house into apartments. She expanded the quarters by dragging the old chicken coop across the yard
and attaching it to the rear of the house, where it today houses the kitchen and restrooms. Katie lived in an apartment in the old barn when
she graduated from college.

Over the years, the house became run-down, and increasingly in need of major repairs, but since the money wasn't available, it was
eventually gutted and made ready for demolition. However, in 1997, a group of investor/contractors bought the property and spent three
years of their own labor restoring it and converting it into a restaurant/brewpub. They kept the original room layout as much as possible.
Katie's old bedroom is now the office, and her brother's room is known as the "Owner's Room" today. The original 1895 hardwood floors are
preserved in many areas, and what is now the smoking room was once Cora's washroom and summer kitchen, where she put up her famous
canned peaches.

                   Yak and Yeti offers Indian, Nepalese with a pub fare flair

                   Restaurant reaches out to former Cheshire Cat regulars with cuisine

By Megan Quinn, Arvada Press

The scents of coriander curry and ginger waft from the yellow Victorian house on Ralston Road. That's because Yak and Yeti, an Indian and
Nepalese restaurant, has taken up residence in the old Cheshire Cat building. The restaurant, which opened in early July, used to serve
pub food and tall pints of beer. Now, in the same yellow house, diners can expect steamy spiced samosas and large plates of creamy saag.
The most popular aspects of the Cheshire Cat — micro brewed beer and some of the English pub treats such as shepherd's pie and fish
and chips — will stick around on the new Yak and Yeti menu. It's a good marriage. In England, pubs have English food and a few Indian
items. Here's it's just a flipside,

Business is picking up as new customers wander in for a lunch hour or stop in after seeing the red, angular Nepalese flag flying from the
side of the building. ..

Yak and Yeti Restaurant serves Indian and Nepalese cuisine including masala, saag and tandoori dishes served with baskets of fresh naan
bread. Look for shepherd's pie, fish and chips and bangers and mash along with beer brewed in-house. Yak and Yeti is open 11 a.m. to 10
p.m. daily at 7803 Ralston Road. For more information, call 303-431-9000.

                         Arvada Historical Society ~ Annual Cemetery Tours


                                                                         Held in late September every year

Historic Olde Town Arvada  ~ (H.O.T.A.)  


Arvada Historical Society

7307 Grandview Avenue
Arvada, CO 80002

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