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Before 1870 and the development of the northern coal fields, settlers living beside Coal Creek scratched out a living as farmers or merchants. The first commercial coal mine, Briggs Mine, was established in Weld County in 1871, at the same time the original plat for Erie was filed. In the same period the Boulder Valley Railroad made a branch of tracks that cut through Erie to utilize the area's rich coal supply.

Now Erie is a small town of 23,000 people. Extending the option for a rural country life style with easy access to larger more populated cities, this is a prime location for people looking for a quiet way of life.

Erie is part of the St. Vrain Valley School District with a local, elementary, middle, and high school in town. There are also several univerisities and more primary schools located within a twenty mile radius.

Erie's colorful and diverse community is home to an array of outdoor activities. The annual Balloon Festival is one of the better known ones, but miles and miles of open space trails and a new 41 acre community park are also enticing elements of this fun and active community.

For more information on Erie and an extensive list of restaraunts, shops, and lodging options please visit the links below.


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The newest city in the Boulder area, Broomfield was established in 2001. With a population of 59,471 people, Broomfield is a growing suburban area situated conveniently inbetween Boulder and Denver off of Highway 36.

Originally a small farming community called Zang's Spur, the city of Broomfield aquired it's name in the early 1900's from the abundance of it's major crop, broom corn. There are four elementary and three secondary schools in the Broomfield area, with a per pupil cost of $12,185 (Boulder Valley School District) to $9,068 (Adams County School District). Vocational training and higher education institutions are located in Boulder and Denver, with over 13 private and public colleges to choose from in a 50 mile radius.

Eleven neighborhood and community parks comprising 700 acres give Broomfielders plenty of room to relax in aesthetically and environmentally pleasing surroundings. The city-sponsored Recreation Center houses a collegiate-size swimming pool, sunbathing deck, and gymnasium, with a wide range of activities offering structured as well as free-time programs.

The Police Department contains 200 employees, 149 of whom are sworn officers, and the fire departments lists 107 regular and 46 volunteer fire fighters.

The Jefferson County Airport, located adjacent to Broomfield is capable for handling lighter aircraft and small jet traffic. For full commercial service, Denver International Airport is just a stone's throw away.

Boulder and Denver newspapers service the area's news needs, with the weekly community Enterprise serving as a update for local news and events.

Three medical centers, open 12 hours a day, offer complete medical and dental care facilities for area residents. For more serious health care, St. Anthony's in North Arvada and the two Boulder hospitals are just 10 and 11 miles away, respectively.

For more information on Broomfield and an extensive list of restaraunts, shops, and lodging choices, please visit the web sites below.


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In 1888 Lafayette became a recognized city after Mary Miller, a local, platted a 150 ace town and named it after her late husband. Lafayette began as most cities in Colorado, with an economy based on coal. As Boulder and Denver began to grow larger, Lafayette began to expand as well and has grown to a population of 26,784 inhabitants.

If you are looking for the type of town with strolls down Main Street to pick up a few necessary items are interrupted constantly by friendly chats with all the neighbors, then drive your stake in Lafayette. With well kept neighborhoods and an endless display of beautiful landscaping, this city has single family homes that range from $300,000 to 1,500,000 plus. Apartments, condos, town homes, and four mobile home parks are also available housing options. Lafayette has acres of planned city parks and open space throughout the city limits that allow for a variety of outdoor recreation activity throughout the year.

The Boulder Valley School District oversees four elementary schools, two secondary education schools, and three private schools. There are also more than a dozen top notch universities located within a 50 mile radius.

Lafayette has over 140 acres of developed parks and 12 acres of undeveloped parks. The Bob L. Burger Recreation Center has a gymnasium, racquet ball court, running track, dance studio, fitness atrium, three pools, and an outdoor skating rink. The YMCA, Cultural Arts Center, Indian Peaks Golf Course and Miner's Museum are all located within Lafayette as well and provide for a very active and interesting community. There are also a boundless number of big name performers, symphony, and opera performances throughout the year. The new library opened in 1997 and is a 30,000 square foot facility adjacent to a 2 acre community park.

Lafayette has four daily papers, including the Denver Post and the Daily Camera, as well as its own weekly local paper called Lafayette News.

The Exempla Good Samaritan Hospital is open daily and for more extensive care needs the two Boulder Hospitals are just fifteen minutes away.

There are a dozen shopping areas in Lafayette with the vast majority being retail sales establishments, with financial resources being supplied by a commercial and industrial bank, supporting the everyday necessities of a small residential community.

For any other information, city contact numbers, and a variety of other needs please visit the web site below.


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Started in 1878 by a coal miner employed by the Welch mine around the Coal Creek depot of the Colorado Central Railroad, Louisville grew in jumps and starts, attracting people from many nations who originally settled in the Eastern U.S.A. A large Italian population arrived in the 1890's, looking for work in the mines. Soon restaurants were opened bringing an authentic flavor of the "Old Country" to the appreciative coal miners.

Ranked as the Best Place to Live by Money Magazine in 2009 and ranked number one in the book Best Places to Raise Your Family: The Top 100 Affordable Communities in the U.S. in 2006, it isn't hard to see why the population of 19,588 people is growing. The reason Louisville is such great find? The great outdoors. With Rocky Mountain National Park less than an hour away, over 30 miles of trails, and 8 world class ski resorts within two hours, Louisville is hard to beat! The city offers it's residents 27 city parks, extensive open space buffer zones, a Recreation/Senior Center, and a $9 million public library with study rooms, teen areas, and a fireside reading room.

There are six public schools, six private schools, and a broad choice of universities located within a 50 mile radius.

The weekly Louisville Times keeps the community informed of city happenings and the Denver Post and Daily Camera offer a daily look into the state and national news.

The Avista Hospital serves the community with the two Boulder hospitals located close by for more extensive service.

Louisville's historic downtown has tons of unique gift stores, retail stores and great restaurants. The Friday Night Street Fair, with a beer garden, live music, and games for the kids, runs all summer long.

For more information on Louisville please feel free to visit the web links below.


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Officially established in 1877 as a supply center for mining camps and farmers, Boulder offers the benefits of a metropolitan area with the comforts of a small town. Snuggled against the foothills (yet only 35 minutes from Denver), the "Gateway to the Rockies" has quickly gained the reputation of an ideal place to live.

Compact, yet remarkably uncluttered for its population of 103,166, Boulder is designed primarily as a people oriented city. Sidewalk cafes, the beautiful and rustic Pearl Street Shopping Mall, the outdoor 29th Street Shopping Mall, 30 miles of bicycle paths, and an extensive array of city sponsored activities contribute to the growing popularity of Boulder.

The City's Open Space Program, funded by a $.05 tax, has secured 9,600 acres of Greenbelt surrounding the city limits, 178 acres of neighborhood parks, and 434 acres of community parks for the residents' relaxation.

In order to accommodate the influx of people without sacrificing the lifestyle Boulderites have come to expect, Boulder limits the growth of the city as a protective device, ensuring that the integration of new comers is handled effortlessly and realistically. Currently the growth rate is set at 3% annually.

Operating around the clock with professionally trained staff, complete medical facilities are provided by Boulder Community Hospital, Foothills Medical Center, and Boulder Memorial Hospitals. These three facilities provide extensive programs from pre-natal care to psychiatric treatment. The Wardenburg Health Center on the University's campus provides health care to all CU students.

The Denver International Airport, which opened in 1995, is located 42 miles from Boulder. This is the Nation's largest inland airport with service from 18 major airlines. The Boulder Municipal Airport, located NE of the city and Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport, SE of town towards Denver, are ideal for lighter and executive aircraft.

In addition to the Denver Post (daily and Sunday), the Boulder Daily Camera (daily and Sunday), boasts of an unduplicated readership of 70.3%, meaning that the Daily Camera is the only newspaper read by 7 out of 10 Boulderites.

With a significant amount of the County's retail sales being generated in the city, shopping is no problem in Boulder. Over 22 shopping areas, 35 supermarkets, and 11 department stores, plus countless traditional and specialty shops ply their multifarious ware with friendly smiles and warm congeniality. Recognized as one of the featured shopping experiences of the County, Boulder stores offer everything from stained glass to Renaissance musical instruments, to the latest from Paris.

Like a cornucopia of cultural delights, entertainment abounds in Boulder. In fact, it even spills out onto the streets. Every summer heralds the appearance of the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, held in the Mary Rippon outdoor amphitheater on the University's campus. Oktoberfest and Halloween (Boulder goes bananas for Halloween!) are a must for everyone. The CU Artist Series, which imports internationally famous soloist and ensembles, the Boulder Philharmonic, and the nationally recognized summer music festival at Chautauqua, keep their ear finely tuned. Campus-sponsored rock concerts and some of the region's best jazz clubs, disco joints, and nightspots provide the perfect cap for an evening's entertainment.

If it's food your hankering for, Boulder's got it! A wide variety of culinary treats from prime rib to lobster, to exquisite French cuisine to junk food are available to satisfy the discriminating taste as well as the discriminating pocketbook.

For more information on Boulder City information, visit the web links below.


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In 1820 Major Stephen H. Long gazed upon the magnificence of the unbridled land spread before him, particularly struck by the 14,256 foot peak which dominated the view. Later, in 1871, settlers from Chicago purchased 55,000 acres along the St. Vrain River, near the old Burlington stage stop, and Longmont, lying peacefully under the protective shadow of Long's Peak, started growing with pioneers molded from sound, strong morals.

Today, Longmont is home to 89,919 and still growing. Unhindered by the limited growth plans and close enough to enjoy both the benefits of Denver and Boulder, yet far enough away to be called self sufficient, Longmont enjoys a well deserved prosperity, characterized by a casual life-style.

Longmont offers a wide variety of entertainment, including the Longmont Museum and Cultural Center, Doherty Museum, Old Mill Park, and other historical sights. The Longmont YMCA is home to an array of activities and sports teams. Two drama groups and a 60 member orchestra have year round performances. There are 39 parks (eight with tennis courts), and three golf courses and swimming pools. The summer months sport a night time art festival right through the historic down town.

Education is handled by the St. Vrain Valley School District, with numerous primary, secondary, and private schools in the community. There are a variety colleges and universities in the Boulder and Denver areas, as well as Longmont's own Front Range College.

The Longmont Daily Times Call is published seven days a week, reporting on local, regional, state, and national news. The three Boulder-Denver papers enjoy wide circulation in the area as well.

Health care is provided by a full service hospital and emergency unit located at the Longmont United Hospital.

The Longmont Municipal Airport, located 2.5 miles SW of the city, furnishes complete mechanical and charter services for lighter aircraft. Denver International Airport is just 40 miles away for full commercial facilities.

Longmont still has a very rural and friendly atmosphere. It is a bustling city, not as big as Boulder, but close enough to the mountains that it gets the best of country and mountain living.

To get more information on Longmont please visit the sites below.


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Lyons was founded in 1881 by Edward S. Lyon and is now a very artistic and vibrant community of 2,102 people. Bordering on 10,000 acres of open ranch land and situated at 5,375 feet, this mountain hot spot is only 20 miles from Rocky Mountain National Park and bountiful hiking and rock climbing possibilities. The beautiful red cliffs encircle a traditional small town ambience, where charming city parks and an award winning trail system are part of an alluring outdoor atmosphere.

Lyons has some of the best Mountain Biking in Boulder County, as well as its own bike shop located in the down town area. Also taking place down town are the Annual Lyons Art Walk (in May), the High Street Concert Series, and the Planet Bluegrass Festival featuring top musicians. Lyons also features some of the best white water rafting in the area.

Lyons is part of the St. Vrain Valley School District and has its own elementary and middle-senior high schools. Also in Lyons is a private Montessori school. The schools have a 40% out of district student enrollment, attesting to the great education provided at them.

The Lyons Recoder is a weekly local paper that covers all information, news and events in Lyons. The Redstone Review is an award winning Lyons based news paper delivered on a weekly basis. For Daily news there is the Daily Times Call, which offers a broad spectrum of news for the county, state and nation.
Lyons is only 15 minutes away from both the Boulder Community Hospital and the Longmont United Hospital, both of which are full service medical facilities open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Lyons Main Street is full of authentic shops and restaraunts. The whole shopping area is in a central location, making it easy to browse, window shop, and peruze the entire downtown for a day of fun and sight seeing.
For more information on Lyons, places to stay, and general questions, visit the link below.


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Niwot started as a railroad town in 1873. It was named after the left handed Chief Niwot (Niwot means left hand), and soon began to grow into a small farming community. Granges and agriculture were the center of events and social activities. Today Niwot is a humble town with a population of 4,006 people. Niwot is located conveniently between Boulder (10 miles away) and Longmont (5 miles away), and is a quiet get away for people not wanting to live in the hubbub of a larger city, but still close enough to enjoy a busy social atmosphere when desired.

Niwot is home to the locally famous Haystack Mountain Golf Course. The Niwot Youth Sports draws hundreds of people to town in the summer months to watch baseball and softball. The charming downtown historic district is spotted with boutique shops, restaurants, a feed store, and the Grange. Just 20 miles from 11 different museums and 3 state parks, Niwot is close enough to enjoy all the great features of a big city without having to live in one. There are also 9 ski resorts within a 60 mile radius of this beautiful and quaint little town.

A few facts about the people in Niwot: the median age of residents is 31 years old, the average single family home is priced at $649,000 and the median house hold income is $86,914. One third of the residents are under 15 years old, making it a great place to raise kids!

There is one elementary, one middle, and one high school located in town. All three are part of the St. Vrain Valley School District. There is also one private school in town and a couple dozen universities within a 50 mile span.

The town news paper, the Left Hand Valley Courier, provides residents with local news, and the Boulder Daily Camera and Denver Post provide a broader range of news throughout the county, state, and nation.

For more information on Niwot please visit the link below.

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