Test your Weld County knowledge. Each Tuesday, a question will be posted on our Discover Weld Facebook page. If you know the answer, respond in the comment section. Then check back on Wednesday on the Facebook page (or this page at the end of the month) for the answer.
This Weld County town grew after the Denver, Laramie and Northwestern Railroad established a station in 1909 between Laramie and Denver by the former Weld County town of Hillsboro. Can you name this town?
ANSWER: In 1909, the Denver, Laramie and Northwestern Railroad established a station named for railroad financial backer John D. Milliken. Milliken Station was located between Laramie and Denver near the Weld County town of Hillsboro. The town grew quickly and soon Hillsboro's business were moved to Milliken, which supported a 16-room hotel, a sugar beet dump and a newspaper.
Of the 31 municipalities located in Weld County, this municipality was the only one to incorporate as a statutory city.
ANSWER: Fort Lupton incorporated as a statutory city in 1890. The other municipalities in Weld County incorporated as either statutory towns or home rule municipalities. The distinction between town and city at the time of incorporation relates to population.
This area, which is one of the oldest parks in the state, was once a major campground used by the Ute and Arapaho Indians. Today, the tradition of using this area as a gathering place continues as several large-scale events are held here annually. Can you name this park?
ANSWER: The area now known as Island Grove Regional Park, was once used by the Ute and Arapahoe Indians as a campground as they followed game across the plains. In the late 1860s, Nathaniel Meeker designated the area as one of two parks in the town he founded, Union Colony. Today the park is owned and managed by the City of Greeley and Weld County and is home to the Greeley Stampede and the Weld County Fair as well as other notable events.
Forty-four years ago this month, this piece of land was dedicated to Weld County for development into a recreation center. Today, it stands as the only park in unincorporated Weld County, and it hosts hundreds of visitors, and campers, each year. Can you name the site?
ANSWER: On June 9, 1972, the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Outdoor Recreation, deeded the Atlas "E" Missile Site (located west of Greeley on 10611 Spur 257) to Weld County for use as a public park and recreation area. The site, which was active from 1961-1965, housed one Atlas rocket and one war head. According to a December 16, 1972, Greeley Tribune article, this site was actually alerted and ready to fire one time during the Cuban missile crisis. Today, the Missile Site Park offers camping and tours of the Missile Site are available by appointment only. For tour and camping details, visit http://www.co.weld.co.us/…/Buildingsan…/MissileSitePark.html
True or False: According to the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center, Weld County has had more tornadoes from 1955-2014 than any other county in the country.
ANSWER: In 2015, Forbes magazine published an article about the “…Most Tornado-Prone Counties in America” using information from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s Storm Prediction Center. The NOAA map lists Weld County, Colorado, as the county with the maximum count of 261 tornadoes during that time period - more than any other county in the country. We’d like to use this opportunity to remind you to sign up your cell phone number with CodeRED, the system Weld County uses to get emergency information to you. As part of the CodeRED system, you can opt-in to receive severe weather warnings for Weld County -- including tornado warnings. Go to www.weld911alert.com to sign up! Learn more about the system at http://www.co.weld.co.us/…/EmergencyNotifications/index.html.
Weld County is the third largest county in Colorado (behind Las Animas and Moffat counties) which means lots of space and lots of roads. How many miles of county-maintained roads are there in Weld County? Put your guess in the comments.
ANSWER: Weld County is approximately 3,987 square miles in size; third behind Las Animas County (4,772 sq. mi) and Moffat County (4,743 sq. mi.), which means lots of space for county roads. The latest report from 2016 by Weld County's Department of Public Works lists a total of 2,954.06 miles of county roads. That's the distance from Denver to Atlanta and back!
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science includes many beautiful displays of Colorado scenes, including two specific to Weld County. Can you name the Weld County areas depicted in two of the museum's wildlife exhibits, which are on permanent display? Bonus round: there is a third wildlife exhibit which, although it doesn't say Weld County specifically, could be a scene from along one of the rivers that flows through Weld County - can you name the river?
ANSWER: The Denver Museum of Nature & Science has two permanent displays specific to Weld County. One display depicts the Pawnee Buttes in spring while the other depicts a fall scene of migrating mallard and pintail ducks in LaSalle. The bonus round: a third scene, which does not specifically name Weld County as its location, depicts bald eagles along the South Platte River in northeast Colorado.
In 1902, the youngest son of Harvey and Mary Parish suffered a ruptured appendix. At the hospital, Harvey told his son to " hurry up and get well" because the town Harvey and Mary had built was going to be named after the young boy. What is the town's name?
ANSWER: In the early 1900s, Harvey and Mary Parish decided to build a town on the land Harvey homesteaded between the Big and Little Thompson Rivers. The town would be built along the Great Western Railway. When the Parish's seven-year-old son, John, was hospitalized with a ruptured appendix, Harvey told him to "hurry up and get well" because the town was going to be named after him -- John's Town. In 1902, Johnstown was established, and John later served as the town's mayor from 1929-1934.
This Weld County town was named by a lumber tycoon from Iowa who acquired property in Weld County and began building a new community; he later went on to become a Colorado state legislator and was instrumental in routing the Greeley-Denver Highway (Highway 85) through Weld County. Can you name the town?
ANSWER: The Weld County town of Nantes was built along the Union Pacific Railway in 1887, but by 1907, the town was failing. W.K. Gilcrest acquired the land around Nantes in 1907 and began building a new community he named Gilcrest, after his father. Later, as a Colorado state legislator, Gilcrest was instrumental in routing Highway 85 through Gilcrest, Peckham and LaSalle.
Along with the American flag and the Colorado flag, the Weld County flag flies above all Weld County Government Offices and this one non-county government location. Can you name the location?
ANSWER: When the commuter parking lot at Fort Vasquez was renovated in 2004, three flag poles were installed west of the majestic Prince of the Prairie statue marking the north entrance to the fort. The American flag and the Colorado flag flew proudly over one of Weld County's original four fur trading forts. The third flag pole, however, stood bare until William Crowley, Operations Manager for History Colorado - Fort Vasquez Museum, reached out to the county commissioners and proposed that the Weld County flag fly on that third pole. On April 14, 2014, the Weld County Commissioners joined Crowley and others to officially raise the county flag over the fort, and to this day, it is the only non-county government site to be allowed to fly the county flag.
Once known as the Colorado State Normal School, this institution has had its name changed how many times?
ANSWER: Started in the late 1880s when the residents in Greeley petitioned the state to create a school to educate teachers in their community, the present day University of Northern Colorado was also known as the Colorado State Normal School, Colorado State Teachers College, Colorado State College of Education, and Colorado State College (five name changes). Today, nearly one-third of the winners of the Colorado Department of Education's Teacher of the Year award are UNC graduates. http://www.unco.edu/about/
This well-known creamery located in Windsor is the only "fresh" source in the Front Range of this delicacy primarily found in eastern Canada and the northeastern and mid-western United States. What is this delicacy?
ANSWER: Visitors to the Longview Creamery’s Cozy Cow store can purchase fresh cheese curds, or squeaky cheese, in a variety of flavors including plain, cajun, garlic and dill, chipotle and several more. Want to get the freshest fresh cheese curds in the Front Range? Sign up to receive text messages from the creamery or follow them on Facebook and Twitter to see announcements of when the curds come out of the vat. Go to www.cozycows.com to learn more and to sign up! And take a peek into the cheese-making process in our video athttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7WjRRmlpGs.
The sugar beet has a long and proud history in Weld County. In fact, it is included in the official county seal. Do you know in which municipality the first sugar factory in Weld County was built?
ANSWER: In 1902 Benjamin Eaton, former Colorado Governor, instigated the building of the first sugar factory located in Weld County. The factory was built in the town that bears his name -- Eaton.
Weld County is home to approximately 501,000 cows, 204,000 sheep and more than how many large carnivores?
ANSWER: More than 400 rescued lions, tigers, bears, wolves and other large carnivores call Weld County home at The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg. The Wild Animal Sanctuary is the oldest and largest nonprofit Sanctuary in the world dedicated exclusively to rescuing captive exotic and endangered large carnivores. http://www.wildanimalsanctuary.org/
Weld County, which leads the state in agricultural production and energy production, is also home to what state park?
Answer: St. Vrain State Park, formerly Barbour Ponds, offers 604 acres of land and 152 acres of water and is a great place to camp, fish, walk, and just enjoy the great outdoors. http://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/StVrain
The Colorado Model Railroad Museum, located in Greeley, takes pride in its one-of-a-kind display including the hand-made trees. How many hand-made trees are there in the museum's 5,500 sq. ft. model railroad display?
ANSWER: There are 28,000 hand-made trees in the museum's 5,500 sq. ft. model railroad display including 16,000 fir trees, 8,000 deciduous trees and 4,000 aspen trees.
When you think of energy production in Weld County, you probably think of oil and gas. But Weld's energy story actually starts with coal. Four towns in Weld County were known for coal mining. Can you name all four?
ANSWER: Frederick, Firestone, Dacono and Erie -- otherwise known as Carbon Valley -- were all coal mining towns located in southern Weld County. From the 1900s to the 1970s immigrants came to work in Weld County’s coal mines from countries including: Bulgaria, England, France, Greece, Italy, Mexico, Scotland and Spain.