Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Colorado Chronicles : Greeley

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Located on the Front Range of Colorado about 50 miles north of Denver is The Stampede City of Greeley. The city began as the Union Colony " which was founded in 1869 as an experimental utopian community "based on temperance, religion, agriculture, education and family values."[8] by Nathan C. Meeker, a newspaper reporter from New York City." (Wikipedia). Meeker later changed the name from Union Colony in honor of a newspaper editor who was once his boss - Horace Greeley (yes, that Horace Greeley). Today Greeley is a bustling University town of nearly 100,000 people. It's home to the University of Northern Colorado Bears, which boasts an alumnus you may have heard of - James A. Michener. It was at UNC, when Michener was a Social Science educator, that he came up with the idea for his famous novel, Centennial. Although Greeley's climate is basically desert, there is plenty of water around. The city sits near the confluence of the Poudre (pronounced "pooder") and South Platte Rivers. This "moderate" climate lends itself to year-round activities in the Stampede City. Greeley is a neat place to visit with accomodations for every budget, and is just an 80 mile drive to Rocky Mountain National Park. To quote the city's famous namesake, "Go west, young man".

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