Hunt for history across Littleton

City's story is subject for day of sleuthing


Entertainment, antique cars and costumed historic characters will appear on Main Street in downtown Littleton soon. Historic Littleton Inc. will stage its third annual Scavenger Hunt on Sept. 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Families and individuals are encouraged to become sleuths for an hour or two and learn some of the city's story.

The starting point is at Town Hall Arts Center, 2450 W. Main St. — a particularly appropriate spot as a local historic landmark.

The Italian Renaissance-style Town Hall, a historic gem, was designed by architect J.J.B. Benedict and completed in 1920 to house Littleton's city offices. Eventually, the city's needs required a larger building, constructed at 2255 W. Berry Ave., and in 1983, Town Hall began a new life as a busy arts center.

To participate, one picks up a clue list with questions about history and architectural details at Town Hall between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The scavenger hunter proceeds to participating merchants, which will be marked and noted on the clue list's map. A history of these locations will be posted on individual buildings, and clue lists will have queries about people and events.

Questions about Littleton history will be answered at each location, with images of the event's mascot dog, Sleuth, holding needed information.

Cornices, corbels, iron work, doors, windows, signs … participants will also need to look closely for architectural details on historic buildings to find another set of answers.

A completed clue list is to be returned to Town Hall at any time before 3 p.m. (perhaps there's time here for a bit of refreshment in one of the many nearby locations while judges read the clue lists.) Answers will be checked for correctness, and correct ones will be entered in a drawing for prizes: $500, $300, $100, $50. (There will be additional prizes from businesses.)

Winners must be present at the drawing to receive a prize.

An additional objective, of course, is to encourage familiarity with the range of interesting, highly individual businesses in the unique, somewhat quirky downtown historic area — with the hope that discoveries of clues will mean discovery of new favorite places to shop and to enjoy coffee, beer, meals, tea, ice cream, chocolates and more.

Information is on the website.


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