Contact Kelly Jones
500 East Third Street, Suite 310
Loveland, CO 80537
Phone: (970) 962-2345
The City of Loveland was established in 1881 and named after the President of the Colorado Central Railroad, William A. H. Loveland. Being located on the railroad helped Loveland establish itself as a shipping hub for agricultural and industrial industries.
The primary crops in the area were sugar beets and cherries. In 1901, the Great Western Sugar Company built a factory in Loveland which remained a prominent employer throughout a good portion of the 20th century. 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 over $1 million worth of cherries per year and why Loveland holds an annual Cherry Pie Celebration. A strong art culture emerged in Loveland during the last quarter of the 20th century. In 1972, Bob Zimmerman opened a metal foundry and eventually began working with sculptors and exists today as Art Castings of Colorado.
The world-class foundries and artists in Loveland have helped turn Loveland into a world renowned Art Mecca. Loveland is now home to, Sculpture in the Park, the largest juried sculpture show in the country and exhibits local, national, and international artists. Loveland was also the first community in Colorado to start an Art in Public Places program which is now home to over 300 pieces of art worth millions of dollars. Recently, Loveland was named won “The 100 Best Art Towns in America” list; Loveland was listed second, behind only Santa Fe, NM. In 1947, the local Postmaster Elmer Ivers along with Ted and Mabel Thompson began the Loveland Valentine Re-mailing Program with a vision to share the romantic name of Loveland with the world. Since then, millions of valentines have been hand stamped with Cupid’s message and re-mailed from Loveland, CO. Because of this program, Loveland has long been described as the “Sweetheart City”.