Greeley

Greeley
November 16, 2011

When Horace Greeley, famed editor of the New York Tribune, said, “Go West, young man,” his namesake city of Greeley was one of the results.

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Pawnee National Grassland

Pawnee National Grassland near Greeley
November 16, 2011

Staff writer The Pawnee National Grassland is located in the South Platte River basin in a remote area of Weld County between Greeley and Sterling. It includes 193,060 acres between Colorado 14 and the Wyoming border. The grassland was withdrawn from farming after the Dust Bowl. It contains several hiking trails, including one allowing access on foot to the Pawnee Buttes, the grassland’s most visible geologic feature. Bird watching is…

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University of Northern Colorado

University of Northern Colorado graduation
November 16, 2011

Staff writer The University of Northern Colorado was established in 1889 as the State Normal School of Colorado to train teachers. Today, UNC maintains a strong presence in teacher education and offers more than 100 undergraduate programs and 100 graduate programs to more than 12,000 students. A Visitors Center is located on the central campus at 1862 10th Ave., near the corner of 10th Avenue and 19th Street. Tours are…

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Greeley Freight Station Museum

Greeley Freight Station Museum
November 16, 2011

Staff writer The Greeley Freight Station Museum includes more than 600 railroad artifacts in its facility near the main line of the Union Pacific Railroad. A highlight is the 5,500-square-foot model railroad where visitors can watch the trains, surrounded by mountains with thousands of tiny, handmade trees. Details Greeley Freight Station Museum 680 10th St. Greeley CO 80631 (970) 392-2934 Website

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Meeker Home Museum

Meeker Home Museum in Greeley
November 16, 2011

Staff writer The Meeker Home Museum is a two-story adobe home from 1870 where Nathan Meeker, formerly agricultural editor of Horace Greeley’s New York Tribune, lived after coming to Colorado Territory in 1869. Meeker started the utopian Union Colony and invited others to “go west, young man,” as Greeley had suggested, and join in the colony. The home, listed on the national, Colorado and Greeley historic registers, has been restored…

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Greeley History Museum

Horace Greeley
November 16, 2011

Staff writer Greeley History Museum is located in a 1929 building that formerly housed the Greeley Tribune newspaper. The 34,000-square-foot museum is on both the Colorado and national historic registers. “Utopia: Adaptation on the Great American Desert” is a permanent exhibit of Greeley’s history. The Hazel E. Johnson Research Center at the museum offers resource materials. Details Greeley History Museum 714 8th St. Greeley, CO 80631 (970) 350-9220 Website

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Centennial Village Museum

November 16, 2011

Staff writer The Centennial Village Museum, located in Island Grove Regional Park, is an outdoor museum with more than 30 structures set on eight acres. It depicts the history of the settlement in Greeley and Weld County from 1860 to about 1920. The museum opened on July 4, 1976, and was named Centennial Village in honor of the nation’s bicentennial and the state’s centennial. Highlights include miniature farm animals, pony…

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Island Grove Regional Park

Island Grove Regional Park
November 16, 2011

The Staff writer Island Grove Regional Park, site of the Greeley Independence Stampede facilities, is located on the Poudre River. It also features beautiful lawns and century-old trees and the Centennial Village Museum. The 145-acre multi-use events complex is owned by Greeley and Weld County. Details Island Grove Regional Park 501 N. 14th Ave. Greeley, CO 80631 (970) 350-9392 Website

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Greeley Independence Stampede

Greeley Independence Stampede
November 16, 2011

Staff writer The Greeley Independence Stampede is a fair and rodeo that starts in late June and reaches its finale on the Fourth of July. Its mission: “To celebrate our nation’s independence and preserve our Western heritage.” Started to honor the area’s potato farmers, the stampede has since grown into a festival attracting over 250,000 people a year. The Stampede Arena, an outdoor facility built in a horseshoe shape, holds…

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Greeley history

Greeley sugar beet grower
November 16, 2011

Before it was a city, Greeley was a stagecoach station built in 1862 and known as Latham, or Fort Latham, after Milton Latham, a senator in California (this was before Colorado became a state).

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