History of WWW

Houstoun Waring

Houstoun Waring

It all began on July 21, 1928 when Houstoun Waring, editor of the Littleton Independent, held a 40th anniver­sary cel­e­bra­tion for the paper. The event was met with over­whelming sup­port. The com­mu­nity, under the direc­tion of Waring, decided to hold a cel­e­bra­tion in 1929 com­mem­o­rating the 100th anniver­sary of the birth of Richard S. Little, the founder of the Littleton com­mu­nity. The event was named "Homecoming" calling everyone who had ever lived or vis­ited Littleton to come home.

Originally the Homecoming Celebration was set for May 12, 1929, on Richard Little's birthday, but when it was pointed out that rail­road rates dropped in August and there­fore "...people can come from great dis­tances without much expense," the now tra­di­tional August date was set. The first Homecoming began with a play on Friday, August 1, 1929 titled "Adam and Eva" pre­sented by the Littleton Dramatic Club to ben­efit the Littleton Hose company's Christmas Tree Fund.

The cel­e­bra­tion con­tinued with a ball game between the Littleton Hose Company and the Littleton Merchants. The "hose" boys invited local people who wished to dec­o­rate their cars or trucks to par­tic­i­pate in the first parade. Though it rained on their parade, it didn't stop Mayor Louthan from riding on top of the town water wagon dressed in a Prince Albert cos­tume and top hat. The Ford Essex, entered by the Bussard Motor Company was the first place winner in the car divi­sion and the win­ning truck was the Valore Hardware truck.

WWW Grand Parade participant

Early WWW Grand Parade

With the first parade, Mayor Louthan started the tra­di­tion of having a grand mar­shal of the parade. The selec­tion is made by the parade com­mittee and is a person who has made a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to the Littleton community.

In 1962, Homecoming Days was renamed Western Welcome Week. The Chamber of Commerce coor­di­nated the expanded Western Welcome Week activ­i­ties beyond the tra­di­tional Saturday Homecoming celebration.

In 1982 Western Welcome Week, was incor­po­rated to Western Welcome Week, Inc. The board became respon­sible for set­ting policy guide­lines, des­ig­nating char­i­ties to receive grants from the pro­ceeds, and appointing a chairman and co-chairman to orga­nize the event each year.

Today, Western Welcome Week is an eleven-day cel­e­bra­tion with over 40 events. The not-for-profit cor­po­ra­tion has an office staff of two and is run by a 13-member vol­un­teer working board, an event chair, event chair-elect, and liaisons from the City of Littleton, Arapahoe Community College, South Suburban Parks and Recreation, and from city council.