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CITY OF LOVELAND, COLORADOLoveland City Limits Sign

500 E. Third Street, Loveland, CO 80537 (Map It)
(970) 962-2000       TDD: (970) 962-2620

Coordinates:   +40.394052; -105.070375
                        
+40° 23' 38.59", -105° 4' 13.35"

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HISTORICAL NARRATIVE:

The City of Loveland was founded in 1877 along the newly-constructed line of the Colorado Central Railroad, near its crossing of the Big Thompson River. It was named in honor of William A.H. Loveland, the president of the Colorado Central Railroad. The City was founded one mile (1.6 km) upstream from the existing small settlement of St. Louis, the buildings of which were moved to the site of Loveland.

For the first half of the 20th Century the town was dependent on agriculture. The primary crops in the area were sugar beets and sour cherries. In 1901, the Great Western Sugar Company built a factory in Loveland, which remained as a source of employment until its closure in 1985. During the late 1920's the Spring Glade Orchard was the largest cherry orchard west of the Mississippi River. At that time the cherry orchards produced more than $1 million worth of cherries per year. A series of droughts, attacks of blight and finally a killer freeze destroyed the industry. By 1960 cherries were no longer farmed in the area. In the late 20th Century, the economy diversified with the arrival of manufacturing facilities by Hewlett-Packard, Teledyne, and Hach, a water quality analysis equipment manufacturer. The Medical Center of the Rockies has added a substantial amount of employment in that sector as well.

The City is south of Fort Collins, its larger neighbor and the county seat. The two cities have been steadily growing towards each other over the last several decades and are considered to be a single metropolitan area by the U.S. government. The establishment of county-owned open space between the two communities in the 1990's was intended to create a permanent buffer to contiguous growth.

Loveland has aggressively expanded its incorporated limits eastward to embrace the interchanges at Interstate 25 (I-25). The I-25 & Crossroads Boulevard intersection and the I-25 & U.S. Highway 34 intersection are both being developed with retail and commercial properties filling in nicely. In the last decade, the I-25 & Hwy. 34 intersection has become a primary commercial hub of northern Colorado, with the construction of shopping centers such as the Promenade Shops at Centerra and the Outlets at Loveland, and the addition of the Budweiser Events Center. The Medical Center of the Rockies has also been built near the Interstate 25 and U.S. Highway 34 interchange. This area is known as Centerra (see more info below). The interchange is shared with its smaller neighbor Johnstown, of Weld County. Johnstown also shares the intersection of Interstate 25 and State Highway 402 with Loveland.

CLIMATE & WEATHER DATA:

  • Loveland on Weather.com
  • Monthly Averages for temperature and precipitation
    (graph with optional record highs & lows)
    July is the average warmest month;
    December is the average coolest month;
    May is the average wettest month.

TRANSPORTATION:

  • Denver International Airport
    (DIA) is 70 miles to the southeast of Loveland
  • Fort Collins-Loveland Municipal Airport
    located to the east side of Loveland near I-25
  • City of Loveland Transit (COLT) Bus System
  • FLEX Regional Bus Route
    (connected to Fort Collins, Berthoud, and Longmont)
  • Highways-
    • Interstate 25 (I-25) runs north & south through Colorado. Loveland is just west of I-25 between the Crossroads Boulevard and State Highway 402 interchanges.
    • US Highway 34 (US-34) runs east & west through Colorado, and goes straight through the center of Loveland. It becomes Eisenhower Boulevard in the City. Loveland's two main zip codes (80537 and 80538) are separated by this highway.
    • US Highway 287 (US-287) runs north & south through the Colorado front range and through the center of Loveland. It becomes Cleveland Avenue as you travel to the south through downtown Loveland; Lincoln Avenue as you travel north through downtown Loveland; and becoming Garfield Avenue at the north end of Loveland.
    • State Highway 402 (SH-402) runs east and west from US Highway 287 to Interstate 25, exit 255. It is a 4.2 mi (6.8 km) long highway. It continues to the west side of Loveland as 14th Street SW, and to the east of I-25 as Larimer County Road 18; then further east as Weld County Road 54.
  • Recreation Trail-
    • The City of Loveland's Recreation Trail is currently 18 miles long, and it is planned to run an entire circle around the City someday.  The circle is almost complete, except for a few sections along the west side of the city.  Learn more about the trail plans on the trails web page.
      The trail is maintained through the Parks & Recreation Department, and is used all year round for exercise & play, or as an option for easily commuting to work or shopping.  

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EVENTS & HIGHLIGHTS:

The City of Loveland offers MANY great annual events which highlight the area's diversity. You may want to check these Event Calendars for activities to attend while in the area.

 

 

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