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Reminiscent of Paul Revere’s historical ride through the streets of Boston and into history, one Herbert Hast Jr., a young school boy, mounted his steed in 1952 to spread the word through the streets of Commerce Town to deliver election notices to the residents against annexation by Denver. About 300 people assembled at McCoy’s Caterpillar showroom after Herbert’s momentous ride. Much as Revere’s historic ride was the beginning of a nation, so was Herbert’s ride the beginning of a city - Commerce City.

Later that year, Commerce Town voted to incorporate, and 10 years later, in 1962, Commerce Town became Commerce City. A converted army barracks on Forest Drive, just north of 60th Avenue, served as the first home for the city’s municipal government. In 1967, the city’s government operations moved south across the parking lot to a new City Hall. By 1970, the city’s home-rule charter went into effect and, in the process, established the council-manager form of city government. The city’s population then was about 16,000 people.

In the last decade, the city’s population has more than doubled, but the city has maintained its small town atmosphere. According to the most recent census: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division, 53,696 people call Commerce City home, with individuals of Hispanic descent comprising 45.5% of the city’s population. The average median age of residents is 30.7 years old, with a mean household income of $73.577. 72% of residences are occupied by homeowners, with a median home price of $187,300.

Much has changed, and continues to change, since the day Herbert raced through the streets of Commerce Town upon his horse.