Little Dry Creek (Englewood, Colorado)

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Little Dry Creek[1]
Origin 39°35′27″N 104°52′55″W / 39.59083°N 104.88194°W / 39.59083; -104.88194
Mouth Confluence with South Platte
39°39′36″N 105°00′11″W / 39.66000°N 105.00306°W / 39.66000; -105.00306Coordinates: 39°39′36″N 105°00′11″W / 39.66000°N 105.00306°W / 39.66000; -105.00306
Progression South PlattePlatte
Mouth elevation 5,256 ft (1,602 m)

Little Dry Creek is a short tributary of the South Platte River, approximately 10 miles (16 km) long,[2] in Arapahoe County, Colorado in the United States. The creek drains a suburban area south of Denver and is interrupted by the Englewood Dam. It rises in Centennial, west of I‑25, and flows generally northwest into Englewood. It has historically been used for irrigation and feeds an aqueduct that runs parallel to it. The creek no longer reaches South Platte above ground. The former mouth of the creek is located just northwest of the junction of US 85 and US 285, across from the former site of the Cinderella City Mall.

The Little Dry Creek Trail intersects the Highline Canal Trail in Cherry Hills Village.

The mouth of the creek is noted as the location of the first significant gold discovery in present-day Colorado. In the first week of July 1858, Green Russell and his brothers discovered a gold pocket that yielded several hundred dollars worth of gold. The discovery set off the Colorado Gold Rush in the following year.

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  1. ^ "Little Dry Creek". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2011-01-30. 
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed March 25, 2011