Introduction to Loveland, Colorado
Loveland, Colorado, in Larimer county, is 45 miles N of Denver, Colorado. It is part of the surrounding Fort Collins - Loveland metro area.
Loveland was founded in 1877. The community was named in honor of the president of the Colorado Central Railroad, William A.H. Loveland. Agriculture was the primary occupation in this area until the first half of the 20th century. Sugar beets and sour cherries were grown in this region. However, a series of droughts destroyed the cherry orchards in Loveland. Manufacturing facilities arrived in the city in the later part of the 20th century. According to an AllBusiness study in 2006, Loveland was the 8th best metro area for women entrepreneurs in the country.
Loveland and nearby Attractions
- Fort Vasquez
- Loveland Museum and Gallery
- Crystal Rapids Waterpark
- Upper Hoffman Lake
- Swetsville Zoo
- Rocky Mountain National Park
Things To Do In Loveland
While in Loveland, one can visit the historic site of Fort Vasquez, which was once the trading center for Native Americans. The Loveland Museum & Gallery showcases exhibits on local history and also has an art gallery. One can also visit the Timberlane Farm Museum to learn more about the regional history and culture. The Swetsville Zoo and the Crystal Rapids Waterpark are ideal places to take children. The city of Loveland also hosts the Old-Fashioned Corn Roast Festival every August.
Fort Collins-Loveland Muni Airport is close by.
Loveland Higher Education
Opportunities for higher education are provided by Aims Community College, the Colorado State University, the University of Northern Colorado and the University of Colorado.