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Greeley, Weld, Colorado, USA
...The fledgling town of 1200 was founded in 1870 by members of a joint stock colonization company called the Union Colony of Colorado, organized by Nathan Meeker, agricultural editor of Horace Greeley’s New York Tribune. Meeker visited Colorado Territory in October, 1869, and his observations on the people and places in the West were published in the Tribune. Meeker was smitten with the Rocky Mountain scenery, the energy and friendliness of its citizens, and the opportunity to inexpensively purchase or homestead fertile tracts of land in a climate renowned for its pure air, moderate temperatures and “perpetual” sunshine. His dream of starting a utopian community based on temperance, religion, education, agriculture, irrigation, cooperation, and family values was rekindled. He penned an appealing article, “A Western Colony” for the Tribune’s December 14, 1869 edition, in which he encouraged literate and temperance individuals with high moral standards and money to join him in a colony venture in Colorado Territory...

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"Greeley, a post-town of Weld co., Col., on the Cache la Poudre River, and on the Denver Pacific Railroad, 52 miles N. by E. of Denver, and 54 miles S.S.E. of Cheyenne. It is situated in a fertile valley, and has a delightful climate. It has 8 churches, graded schools, 3 banks, and manufactures of flour and lumber. Four newspapers are published here. It has a school-building which cost 5,000, also an irrigating-canal 36 miles long. Pop. 2395."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott

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  • 1870 - Union Colony is established by Horace Greeley and Nathan C. Meeker at Greeley, and first irrigation canal surveyed there. The Greeley Tribune established.

    www.e-referencedesk.com/ resources/ state-history-timeline/ colorado.html

  • 1876 - Greeley's first industry, the tanning of buffalo hides, turns out 12 robes a day.

    www.e-referencedesk.com/ resources/ state-history-timeline/ colorado.html

  • News 1884 - A DREADFUL DEATH Ten Roustabouts Connected with the Anglo-American Circus Perish in the Flames.
    CRIMINAL CARELESSNESS OF THE MANAGERS.
    On the morning of the 29th as the Anglo-American circus train on the way from Fort Collins to Greeley,...Read MORE...


  • 1888 - Union Colony at Greeley completes 900,000 acre irrigation project.

    www.e-referencedesk.com/ resources/ state-history-timeline/ colorado.html

  • News 1897 - Kicked by Horse
    Last Wednesday the little four year old son of Mr. and Mrs. John Klug while playing near a horse at their home on Box Elder was kicked in the head...Read MORE...


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    Gunter Hall, State Teachers College Gymnasium
  • Greeley, Colorado, USA
    The High School
  • 1916
    Greeley, a banking city, capital of Weld co., Colo., on the Cache la Poudre River, 52 miles NNE. of Denver, on the Union Pacific and the Colorado and ...Read MORE...


  • Greeley, Colorado, USA
    1920 advertisement

    Gentry Bros. Circus
  • 1921 - May 21 - Oldest radio station west of Mississippi River licensed in Greeley Co

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  • 1924 - Celebration held in Greeley marking completion of concrete pavement between Denver and Greeley - first two major cities in State to be connected by paved highways.

    www.e-referencedesk.com/ resources/ state-history-timeline/ colorado.html

  • News 1937 - SECOND MAN DIES IN REFINERY BLAST. R. HOUSEWEART, 22, SUCCUMBS TO HIS BURNS. BODIES OF BOTH MEN ARE SENT TO KINDERHOOK, ILL., FOR BURIAL; GARD COLEMAN, 25, OTHER VICTIM OF SOUTH GREELEY EXPLOSION.
    RAY (DOC) HOUSEWEART, 22, of Eaton and Kinderhook, Ill., died at 1:09 a.m. Saturday, slightly more than 24 hours after he had been burned in the...Read MORE...


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    8th Ave. and Business District


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  • 1870 - Union Colony is established by Horace Greeley and Nathan C. Meeker at Greeley, and first irrigation canal surveyed there. The Greeley Tribune established.
    www.e-referencedesk.com/ resources/ state-history-timeline/ colorado.html
  • 1876 - Greeley's first industry, the tanning of buffalo hides, turns out 12 robes a day.
    www.e-referencedesk.com/ resources/ state-history-timeline/ colorado.html
  • News  1884 - A DREADFUL DEATH Ten Roustabouts Connected with the Anglo-American Circus Perish in the Flames.
    CRIMINAL CARELESSNESS OF THE MANAGERS.
    On the morning of the 29th as the Anglo-American circus train on the way from Fort Collins to Greeley,... Read MORE...

  • 1888 - Union Colony at Greeley completes 900,000 acre irrigation project.
    www.e-referencedesk.com/ resources/ state-history-timeline/ colorado.html
  • News  1897 - Kicked by Horse
    Last Wednesday the little four year old son of Mr. and Mrs. John Klug while playing near a horse at their home on Box Elder was kicked in the head... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Greeley, a banking city, capital of Weld co., Colo., on the Cache la Poudre River, 52 miles NNE. of Denver, on the Union Pacific and the Colorado and ... Read MORE...

  • 1921 - May 21 - Oldest radio station west of Mississippi River licensed in Greeley Co
    historyorb.com
  • 1924 - Celebration held in Greeley marking completion of concrete pavement between Denver and Greeley - first two major cities in State to be connected by paved highways.
    www.e-referencedesk.com/ resources/ state-history-timeline/ colorado.html
  • News  1937 - SECOND MAN DIES IN REFINERY BLAST. R. HOUSEWEART, 22, SUCCUMBS TO HIS BURNS. BODIES OF BOTH MEN ARE SENT TO KINDERHOOK, ILL., FOR BURIAL; GARD COLEMAN, 25, OTHER VICTIM OF SOUTH GREELEY EXPLOSION.
    RAY (DOC) HOUSEWEART, 22, of Eaton and Kinderhook, Ill., died at 1:09 a.m. Saturday, slightly more than 24 hours after he had been burned in the... Read MORE...

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