Greeley, the county seat of Weld County, was established in 1870 by the members of the Union Colony of Colorado, a joint stock colonization company.
The company was headed by Nathan Meeker, the agricultural editor of Horace Greeley’s New York Tribune. Meeker was attracted to the scenic beauty and pure environment of the Rocky Mountains, which he felt would be ideal for setting up a community based on temperance, religion, education, agriculture, irrigation, cooperation, and family values. The town was named after Horace Greeley, who paid the community one visit in 1870 and never returned.
With a population of 2,177, Greeley was incorporated as a second-class city in 1886. The streets were named after trees, the avenues for famous personalities.
The extensive agriculture gave the city the appellation "The Garden Spot of the West." Around the 1900s, sugar beet production was introduced, bringing further prosperity.
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