Weld County is home to 31 incorporated communities. In this section the county has been divided into geographical areas to profile each community. All of the communities listed are governed by elected councils and mayors. All employ town administrators and in many cases a clerk and department directors.
Located on Highway 85 just inside Weld County's southern border. Only one industrial park is in Weld County with the majority of Brighton being in Adams County. Brighton serves as the county seat of Adams County.
Incorporated in 1890, Fort Lupton was initially built as a fur trading post. It is a stable community situated in the fertile Platte River Valley in southern Weld County. The community's location on 4-lane U.S. Highway 85 gives ready access to all types of transportation, and Denver International Airport is just 15 miles away. Aims Community College maintains a southern campus here.
Agriculture remains the basic industry of the region, but oil and gas have become important industries in recent years. Extensive dryland farming opportunities are only a few miles east and west, while the valley is mostly irrigated. In the last few years. small industries have located here, many being oil related. A thermal industrial park to the north of the city is the site of a co- generation facility which promises to attract many food-processing industries.
Major employers in Fort Lupton include: Golden Aluminum, Color Star Growers, Amoco Corporation, and School District RE-8.
Located on 1-76, Keenesburg is both a service center for the surrounding agricultural area and a residential community for those who prefer a small town quality of life. Keenesburg was incorporated in 1919.
Eight miles further south on 1-76 is Hudson. Originally established as a water stop for the Burlington & Missouri Railroad, Hudson was incorporated in 1914 and grew to serve as the retail service center for the area east of Fort Lupton. Several industries have made Hudson their home including: DPC Industries, Denver Plastics and M.G. Waldbaum, and with the proximity of the town to Denver International Airport, future industrial growth is inevitable.
On the southern county line lies Lochbuie, 8 miles south of Hudson and 1-76. It is also a residential community with most of its residents working in nearby Brighton or Denver.
Dacono, Frederick and Firestone
Situated in the southwest corner of Weld County, the communities of Dacono, Frederick and Firestone, known collectively as theCarbon Valley(or Tri-Town area), offer a majestic panorama of Colorado's Rockies. Wide open spaces with room to grow, small town atmosphere, close proximity to large metropolitan cities, small acreage ranchettes and large farming operations characterize this rural setting, Industrial and commercial requirements are met through existing business parks. Transportation is a plus as the area is adjacent to 1-25. This prime location ensures that the area will become a major industrial center.
All three communities were incorporated in 1908. In its early days the area was a primary underground mining area. In fact, many of the mine shafts still exist today and can be found intact under the streets of Frederick.
Major employers in the Tri-Town area are: Empire Warehouse, Halleck-Willard, Inc., Ideal Fence Corporation, St. Vrain Block, Western Marble, Defalco Poarch, G&S Contractors, and Meadowlark Optics.
A small, progressive community which endeavors to provide the quality of life enjoyed by past and present generations while ensuring its position for the future within the dynamic Front Range economic corridor.
The unincorporated area known as Del Camino is located at the interchange of Highway 119 and 1-25, and is one of the most dynamically developed areas along 1-25 in Weld County. Numerous hotels, gas stations, restaurants and fast-food establishments have located at this busy interchange to service interstate traffic.
Located nearby is the Del Camino Center, an industrial park which is home to McLane Western, Applied Films, Flextronics, Gerard's Bakery, Specialty Products, and Hauser.
In the far southwestern corner on the county line lies the town of Erie. It is primarily a residential community with its residents working in nearby Boulder or Longmont.
Incorporated in 1874, Erie was one of the earliest communities settled in the area. As with the Carbon Valley communities, Erie was strongly tied to the mining industry. Erie is home to the following employers: Aero Systems, S&M Manufacturing and Erie Precast Concrete Product.
Longmont, Colorado is a city with 22 square miles, over 300 days of sunshine, and a spectacular view of the Rocky Mountains.
Thornton is located just inside the Weld County border on 1-25. The city is primarily located in Adams County.
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Situated on 4-lane Highway 85, Platteville is located approximately 15 miles, south of Greeley Platteville is home to ConAgra's Longmont Foods feedmill. Other major employers include School District RE- I and the Platteville Potato Association. The fertile Platte River Valley has long been known for its excellent crops as well as the quality of its livestock and poultry. Over 200 farms are located in the surrounding area.
A state historic monument, Fort Vasquez (still standing 3/4 mile south of Platteville), was a fur trading post, and was the original site of this community. The town was incorporated in 1887.
Five miles north of Platteville on Highway 85 is Gilcrest. Like its sister town to the south, Gilcrest's major market is the surrounding agricultural area. The leading source of income is agriculture. A ConAgra feeding operation is located nearby, as are Nix Produce and the Milliken Early Potato Association. Gilcrest was incorporated in 1912.
The communities of Johnstown and Milliken are ideally located approximately 3 miles east of 1-25 in west-central Weld County. Situated in a picturesque valley surrounded by fertile irrigated farmland, the area is strongly tied to its agriculture neighbors. Railroad access provided by Great Western Railroad attracts industrial traffic to the area. Major employers include GTC Nutrition, Uniscope, Bumup and Sims, and Zeller Oil.
As with all of these smaller communities, the small-town atmosphere combined with easy access to larger metropolitan areas makes the quality of life a great asset to the stability of the communities. Johnstown was incorporated in 1900, and Milliken in 1910.
Located just one mile west of 1-25, Mead is a traditional farming community. Mead was incorporated in 1906. The area has become increasingly popular to developers interested in capitalizing on the industrial development boom along 1-25. The town has annexed the nearby Sekich Business Park at the intersection of 1-25 and Highway 66. Major employers include Artemis Rubber Technology, Design Conveying Systems, and Mountain Molding.
The central part of the county geographically (and governmentally) is the Greeley area.
The largest city in Weld County with a growing population of over 76,000, Greeley is located an hour north of Denver and 30 minutes from the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
Known as the "Queen City of the Platte" when incorporated in 1869, Evans was the County Seat of Weld County for many years. From a population of around 400 in a true wild west town, Evans has grown to nearly 19,000 residents living in an urban area with a rural feel. For a long time Evans was the only town in the area to allow liquor and gambling, which made it the center of activity in the area!
Today Evans is a community where our residents have a wide choice of housing, great schools, all the shopping and amenities of a large town, and a great quality of life. With over 300 days of sunshine each year and a full four seasons, many people relocate to Evans to experience the best of northern Colorado. Sam’s Club, Palomino Restaurant, the Monfort Clinic, and many other local businesses offer residents a wide range of shopping, dining and service opportunities.
Residents enjoy over 300 acres of parks and open space (including a dog park), several hiking and biking trails along the river and within the town, easy access to the Denver International Airport, and quick drives south to Denver or west to the Rocky Mountains. A local airport has flights around the country leaving daily, the access to I-25, US 85 and US 34 are only minutes away, and the conveniently located Union Pacific Railroad offers opportunities for shipping and receiving materials.
Eight miles east of Greeley is Kersey. Primarily a residential community, it also serves as a service center for the surrounding rural population. Major employers in the area are 5 Rivers Ranch Cattle Feeding LLC (100,000 head capacity) east of town and School District RE-7. Kersey was incorporated in 1908.
The town of La Salle is located just 5 miles south of Greeley on Highway 85. It is primarily a residential community with many residents working in nearby Greeley and in the surrounding agri-business industry. The town was incorporated in 1910.
Located at the approximate mid-point between Denver and Cheyenne, Windsor is centrally located 12-15 miles from Greeley, Loveland and Fort Collins. This central location has made Windsor an attractive residential community with one of the highest annual population growths in the county.
One of the larger towns in the county, Windsor combines the rural charm of Northern Colorado with convenient access to urban amenities. Business opportunity, agricultural excellence, and comfortable living all contribute to the attractiveness of the community.
Windsor is home to Kodak Colorado Division, one of the largest employers in the region, as well as Tenneco Packaging, Metal Container (a subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch), University Forest Products, and ICON Industries. A fully developed industrial park is available for future industrial growth. Windsor was incorporated in 1890.
Much of northeastern Weld County consists of large, dryland farming acreages, and the famous Pawnee National Grasslands. Small rural towns dot the landscape, many of them with populations under 25.
Two communities in this part of the county are population centers: Eaton, 6 miles north of Greeley; and Ault, 10 miles north of Greeley.
Situated on 4-lane Highway 85, Eaton is an attractive, agriculture-based community. Strategically located in the heart of some of the country's richest irrigated farm land, Eaton is also a progressive, commercially developed community.
There are many public amenities and commercial businesses in Eaton. Major employers include Agland, Inc. and Harsh Hydraulics. Eaton is also within 5 miles of the Monfort Beef and Lamb Processing Plants. Eaton was incorporated in 1892.
Just 4 miles north of Eaton lies the town of Ault. Like Eaton, Ault is strongly tied to the surrounding agriculture industry. With its major highway (Ault is strategically located at the intersection of Highways 85 and 14) and rail access, Ault has the ability to transport its products to the rest of the nation.
Ault serves its residents and neighbors well, providing education, retail, and healthcare services to the surrounding rural population. It was incorporated in 1904.
Other communities in this part of the county are Pierce and Nunn north of Ault on Highway 85. And in the northeast corner of the county, Grover and New Raymer are the largest populated communities serving the needs of the surrounding rural population.