Loveland Colorado History
In an earlier post, I took some time to recount the early 19th century in Loveland, Colorado. Today, Loveless, Colorado, is one of the fastest growing regions in northern Colorado, also known as NoCo.
The city of Sweetheart offers Northern Colorado one of the lowest average home prices, about $1,000 less per square foot than the national average. The city is located in the heart of Loveless County, north of Denver, and is considered a single metropolitan area by the US government. It grew out of a merger between Loveland, Colorado, and Fort Collins, Colo., and has steadily expanded over the past few decades.
Much of the new growth has been seen in the Centerra area, which is part of a business and real estate boom that Colorado has seen in the past decade. Loveland receives a significant amount of pass - through tourist traffic, and its housing market is stable and growing steadily, following the same pattern as the rest of Northern Colorado and the state of Colorado as a whole.
The breathtaking views of the foothills of Loveland is another reason to move to the area on the west side of Loveland. Hikers can start at the Devil's Trailhead and leave Larimer County for a short hike through Rocky Mountain National Park. The paths are interconnected and provide a great connection between the city and its neighboring towns. Green Ride Colorado and Red Lion offer hourly shuttle services to and from DIA, providing an easy way to reach the beautiful areas of Loveland and Fort Collins from the north and south sides of the city and from the east.
The bustle of life approaches the corridor of downtown Loveland and spans the city of Fort Collins and neighboring towns and villages. US Route 34 is one of the most popular highways in the state of Colorado, and I-25 is the highway of choice that runs from the north side of Larimer County to the west and east.
The city is located on the west side of Larimer County, north of Fort Collins and south of Denver. Loveland was designed and completed in the fall of 1894 and is located on Colorado's largest reservoir, the Colorado River Reservoir System. It was first filled with a spring drain in 1895 and is considered the most complete reservoir in Colorado.
The building has undergone several changes over the years and continues to serve as a rest stop for tourists who would have made a day trip to the Colorado River Reservoir System or Colorado State Park. Only through grants and tax incentives provided by the State of Colorado, the City of Fort Collins and the Larimer County government, could FortCollins refurbish so many of the buildings. The Great Outdoors Colorado statewide fund was a testament to how well the Larimer community worked together in sharing taxpayer money, including grants for additional paths and construction.
The Loveland Fire Department has always had a unique responsibility to provide fire protection to the rural areas around the city. The fire service was funded by the state of Colorado, the Colorado Department of Public Safety and the Larimer County Sheriff's Office.
The city of Wellington was a hub for oil, coal and agriculture in the 19th century and became a stopover - away from the stations of Colorado Central Railroad and Union Pacific Railroad. The city was located on the west side of the Loveland River, north of Colorado State Park, and became a stopping point. Colorado Central, now controlled by the Pacific Union, built the tracks in 1878 and later the Denver and Fort Collins Railroad in 1890.
The city remained agricultural dependent and became home to the Spring Glade Orchard, and until the late 1920s it was the second largest orchard in the United States and one of the largest in North America. Named for its location on the Loveland River, north of Colorado State Park, the city's economy was agricultural, with the main crops being sour cherries and sugar beet. It was an important source of food for the city, but also for the farmers and cattle breeders on the spot. From the beginning of the 20th century until the mid-19th century, the city of about 2,000 inhabitants was the third largest agricultural city in Colorado after Denver and Fort Collins.
Corn roast day gave way to the Larimer County Fair, which was held in Fort Collins until September 10, 1912, when it was moved to Loveland. The annual Corn Roast Festival was revived in 1982, according to historical records.
One of the most popular Loveland traditions today was born in 1947, when the postmaster and president of the Chamber of Commerce had the idea of a "Loveland Valentine Re-Mailing Program." Barnes learned that a newly built rail line would run from Denver to Fort Collins and eventually to Cheyenne, Wyoming. Thompson designed the "Sweetheart Town of Loveland, Colorado" Greeting Valentine, "and the image was a heart pierced by an arrow through the Rockies. The "Lovin" Valentine The re-mail program began in 1948, when Ivers received about 30 Valentine's Day messages from individuals asking to have their cards stamped with a loveless romantic addition.