About Thornton

Thornton Mission Statement

Our mission as a community is to ensure the availability of a broad range of services using all available public and private resources. Thornton will provide for a high quality of life by being responsive to the physical and human requirements of its citizens through innovative leadership and planning.

Thornton Core Values​​​​​​​​​​

These core values were created by employees in 1998:

  • Employees hold the PUBLIC TRUST in high regard.
  • Employees provide excellent CUSTOMER SERVICE to the public, and within the city to other employees.
  • Employees treat PEOPLE with courtesy and respect.
  • Employees COMMUNICATE well with the public and each other.
  • Employees display a cooperative spirit of TEAMWORK.


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City Holidays

Trash and Recycling Collection Delays Due to Holidays

Trash and Recycling Collection will be delayed one day on the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day, January 1
  • Thanksgiving Day, November 28
  • Christmas Day, December 25   ​

Thornton History

The history of the City of Thornton begins on the Eppinger family farm just north of Denver. This is where developer Sam Hoffman bought 400 acres in 1952 to build an affordable but self-sustaining community. When Hoffman launched an open house to showcase the first three completed homes in 1953, actress Jane Russell decorated the interiors of the homes and attended the open house to sign autographs and promote the new community.  Russell's brothers worked for Hoffman, which made Thornton a special place to the actress who would visit several times in the future.  Hoffman promised the newly created neighborhood would be complete with schools, parks, fire station, city hall, shopping center, churches, swimming pool, and water and disposal plants. Unfortunately, few of these amenities materialized under his oversight.  The neighbors, through a spirit of collaboration and ingenuity, decided to take matters into their own hands to create the community they were promised in the middle of this farmland.  Families like the Lambertsons still managed large farmsteads in the area that the city would one day surround, which established a rich agricultural history to the city and the county.