All about Westminster, Colorado

Long before pioneers settled the area, the antelope and buffalo roamed the South Platte River Valley. Travelers gradually came to escape the arid Great Plains because of the vital water source. In 1858 gold was struck in the South Platte River, which brought national attention to the area. 

The Land Act of 1862 promised settlers from the east a 160-acre plot of land to make Colorado their new home instead of heading on to the ever-popular California.

The first permanent settler, Pleasant DeSpain, built his home in 1870 on one of these 160-acre plots. The area became known as DeSpain Junction that eventually attracted other instrumental settlers in constructing the town, including the train depot in 1881. In 1885, a real estate developer, C. J. Harris, from Connecticut, arrived in DeSpain Junction and purchased so much land that the town was renamed, Harris.

In 1891, construction began on the Westminster Castle, a presbyterian university that still stands today. By 1911, the town had incorporated and was renamed Westminster in honor of Westminster University.

 

Young Dentistry for Children in Westminster, Colorado

At Young Dentistry for Children, we specialize in making children comfortable with visiting the dentist. We have a team of kind and caring pediatric dentists that know how to make oral hygiene fun and approachable for children of all ages, from birth to the late teens. 

All of our dentists are board-certified and specially trained in dentistry for children. They maintain the highest levels of accreditation and exceed the annual continuing education requirements. Call to schedule an appointment in Westminster today! We can’t wait to meet you.

 

The Butterfly Pavilion and Young Dentistry for Children

Only a 14-minute drive from Young Dentistry for Children Westminster is Butterfly Pavilion, the first stand-alone, Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited non-profit invertebrate zoo in the world. 

The Butterfly Pavilion is a leader in invertebrate knowledge, inspiration, and connection. They provide unique, hands-on learning experiences, educational programs, new research, and innovative solutions for species and habitat conservation in countries worldwide. Butterfly Pavilion leads the way in ensuring invertebrates are protected for the future.

And if that is not already going above and beyond, it is sure to please the kiddos too. Butterfly Pavilion features five exhibit areas and four indoor exhibit halls, outdoor gardens, and nature trails. Each exhibit features a unique touch experience, live animals, interpretation by our talented staff, and interactive technology exploring science and conservation topics.

The show’s star is no other than Wings of Tropics, a 7,200 square-foot tropical rainforest that serves as a home to 1,600 free-flying tropical butterflies. It also displays over 200 plant species from around the world. Do not miss the live chrysalis camera where you can learn and watch butterflies emerge from their cocoons. Stop here. You won’t regret it.

Meet the famous Rosie the tarantula and numerous exotic spiders, scorpions, and insects in the Crawl-A-See-Em. Dive into the wonder of coral reefs and tickle a horseshoe crab and starfish in Water’s Edge. 

Butterfly Pavilion is a zoo of the tiniest wonders of the world but packs huge experiences for the whole family! Don’t miss it.