Horace Greeley, editor of the New York Tribune popularized the phrase “Go West young man, go West”. 100,000 citizens now call this west community home.
Mr. Greeley’s agricultural editor, Nathan C. Meeker was the one to spearhead the colonization experiments and when the transcontinental railroad was completed in 1869, a spur from Cheyenne to Denver was built and this opened this part of the country for settlement. Creating the agricultural utopia that is now Greeley.
Community leaders back in 1889 convinced the state to place its teacher training college in Greeley – an institution that is now the University of Northern Colorado. A college that is home to 13, 000 students with popular, well-known programs in nursing, business, and education.
In the 1950s, advances in agriculture meant changes for Greeley, notably in cattle feeding and meatpacking. Agriculture is still big business in Weld County. The market value of agricultural products exceeds 1.5 billion and the county ranks in the top ten nationally for amount of agriculture products sold. 30% of jobs in Weld County are related to agriculture.
A city rich in economic, educational, recreational and cultural resources, the city of Greeley has a lot to offer. Greeley Unexpected, which tells the city’s story with people, places and things that exemplify what is unique and interesting about Greeley, and is helping to re-vitalize the beautiful, historic downtown – making it a great place to live, work, and play.
Be sure to look up Colorado's premiere summer western celebration, The Greeley Independence Stampede.
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