The Town of Bennett is a Statutory Town located in Adams County and Arapahoe County, Colorado, United States. The United States Census Bureau estimates that the town had a population of 2,536 in 2005. The Bennett Post Office has the ZIP Code 80102.
The highest temperature ever recorded in the State of Colorado was 118°F (47.8°C) at Bennett on July 11, 1888.
Bennett is located at (39.753604, -104.428580), at the intersection of State Highways 36
, just north of Interstate 70
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.1 square miles (8.0 km²), all of it land.
As of the census
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/sq mi (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
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.
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. One critic was quoted as saying "I think it glorifies Satan in some way." 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. She noted that "I know I'm not accepted here, that I'm not welcome here by the parents." Residents in local community have implied that she is a Satan-worshipper, and a lesbian which she denies.
Rocky Mountain News http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news/2006/feb/22/teacher-who-showed-faust-video-awaits-her-fate/
Colorado Spam King
, known also as the "Colorado Spam King" operated an illegal spamming company, Power promotions, from July of 2002 through April of 2007 from a home in Bennett where he had a large network of computers and servers, federal authorities said in a press release.
Davidson and "sub-spammers" he employed possessed hundreds of thousands of e-mail addresses they used to send massive amounts of spam, Troy Eid, United States Attorney, District of Colorado, said in a news release. 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.
Davidson was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $714,139 to the Internal Revenue Service.
Some of the e-mailed pitches were used to dupe stock investors and manipulate the market, federal authorities said.
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, CO.
Kiowa Crossing and Train Wreck
Until 1878, the town was known as Kiowa Crossing. In May 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.
The story of the lost locomotive inspired Clive Cussler to write Night Probe!
; His nonprofit NUMA
later searched for the locomotive.
Seldon and Bacon were married to sisters whose maiden name was Bennett. The town was renamed in their honor.