Bennett, Colorado

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Town
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Location in Adams County and the state of Colorado
Location in Adams County and the state of Colorado
Coordinates: 39°45′13″N 104°25′43″W / 39.75361°N 104.42861°W / 39.75361; -104.42861Coordinates: 39°45′13″N 104°25′43″W / 39.75361°N 104.42861°W / 39.75361; -104.42861
Country  United States
State  State of Colorado
Counties Adams County[1]
Arapahoe County
Incorporated (town) January 22, 1930[2]
Government
 • Type Statutory Town[1]
 • Mayor Sue Horn[3]
Area
 • Total 5.6 sq mi (14.4 km2)
 • Land 5.6 sq mi (14.4 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation[4] 5,485 ft (1,672 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 2,308
 • Density 415/sq mi (160.2/km2)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code 80102[5]
Area code(s) Both 303 and 720
FIPS code 08-06090
GNIS feature ID 0204738
Website www.bennett.co.us

Bennett is a Statutory Town in Adams and Arapahoe counties in the U.S. state of Colorado.[1] It is part of the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census, the population was 2,308.[6]

History[edit]

Bennett was incorporated on January 22, 1930,[7] and was named for Hiram Pitt Bennet, congressional delegate from the Territory of Colorado and Colorado Secretary of State.[8]

Geography[edit]

Bennett is located at 39°45′13″N 104°25′43″W / 39.75361°N 104.42861°W / 39.75361; -104.42861 (39.753604, -104.428580),[9] at the intersection of State Highways 36 and 79, just north of Interstate 70.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 5.6 square miles (14.4 km2), of which 0.0077 square miles (0.02 km2), or 0.10%, is water.[6]

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 2,021 people, 715 households, and 539 families residing in the town. The population density was 652.3 people per square mile (251.7/km²). There were 732 housing units at an average density of 236.3 per square mile (91.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 94.56% White, 0.49% African American, 0.74% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 0.15% Pacific Islander, 1.63% from other races, and 2.13% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.45% of the population.

There were 715 households out of which 49.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.3% were married couples living together, 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.5% were non-families. 21.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.83 and the average family size was 3.30.

In the town the population was spread out with 34.5% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 34.7% from 25 to 44, 18.1% from 45 to 64, and 5.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 103.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $46,600, and the median income for a family was $50,881. Males had a median income of $38,672 versus $26,354 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,905. About 3.7% of families and 5.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.9% of those under age 18 and 8.9% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people[edit]

Colorado spam king[edit]

Edward Davidson, known also as the "Colorado Spam King", operated an illegal spamming company, Power promotions, from July 2002 through April 2007 from a home near Bennett where he had a large network of computers and servers, according to federal authorities. The spam contained false header information, concealing the actual sender from the recipient of the e-mail. Davidson provided spammed messages for about 19 different companies, prosecutors said. Some of the e-mailed pitches were used to dupe stock investors and manipulate the market, federal authorities said. Davidson was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $714,139 to the Internal Revenue Service.[citation needed]

On July 20, 2008, he escaped from a minimum-security prison. Four days later, he was found dead with his wife and a child, after a shooting was reported near Bennett.[citation needed]

Kiowa Crossing and train wreck[edit]

Until 1878, the town was known as Kiowa Crossing. In May 21 of that year, a heavy rainstorm washed out the railroad bridge to the east of town. A Kansas Pacific Railway train of 25 cars loaded with scrap iron was washed into the stream with engineers Frank Seldon, George Piatt, and John Bacon on board. Most of the wrecked train was recovered, but the locomotive #51 was never officially found. In 1989, archivist Loyd Glasier at Union Pacific found that the railroad had found the locomotive, secretly dug it up, put it back into service, and collected the insurance money in a complex insurance scam.[citation needed] The story of the lost locomotive inspired Clive Cussler to write Night Probe!; his nonprofit NUMA later searched for the locomotive.

Opera controversy[edit]

The town achieved national notoriety in February 2006 when a number of parents of elementary-school-age children criticized a local teacher for showing children a video featuring Gounod's classic opera Faust. Tresa Waggoner, the teacher who showed the video, which featured world-renowned and critically acclaimed soprano Dame Joan Sutherland and three puppets, was required to send a letter of apology for her actions to parents.[12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Active Colorado Municipalities". State of Colorado, Department of Local Affairs. Retrieved September 1, 2007. 
  2. ^ "Colorado Municipal Incorporations". State of Colorado, Department of Personnel & Administration, Colorado State Archives. December 1, 2004. Retrieved August 18, 2007. 
  3. ^ "Town Board". Town of Bennett. Retrieved August 20, 2007. 
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ "ZIP Code Lookup" (JavaScript/HTML). United States Postal Service. January 11, 2007. Retrieved January 11, 2007. 
  6. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Bennett town, Colorado". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved May 1, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Bennett, Colorado". = City-Data.com. Retrieved August 2012. 
  8. ^ "Profile for Bennett, Colorado". ePodunk. Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  11. ^ "Town History". = State of Colorado. Retrieved August 2012. 
  12. ^ Rocky Mountain News http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news/2006/feb/22/teacher-who-showed-faust-video-awaits-her-fate/

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