Canopies of Cottonwoods and meadows carpeted with thick grass lured the first homesteaders to the Little Thompson River bottom in the 1860s. In 1873, Lewis Cross set the stage for the valley’s first settlement when he claimed a homestead that would later be on the course of the Colorado Central Railroad. After the line was built in 1877, a cluster of buildings were constructed on the Cross homestead, which was named Berthoud. The name honored Capt. Edward L. Berthoud.
Berthoud’s location on the river bottom proved unsuitable, and in the winter of 1883-84, the town was moved one mile north to a new town site platted by Peter Turner. At that location, the town flourished and became an important agricultural center of southern Larimer County. By the early 1900s, Berthoud sported a bustling business district on Third Street at Massachusetts and Mountain avenues. Agriculture in the Berthoud area also flourished. Farmers diverted water from the Little and Big Thompson rivers into a network of reservoirs and ditches that irrigated the arid uplands. The town grew as merchants and shopkeepers set up businesses to serve farmers and ranchers.
Source: Berthoud’s Beginnings, Berthoud Historical Society President, Mark French.
- Retail Climate/
- Economic Development/Business Assistance
Berthoud is centrally located in the northern Front Range four miles west of Interstate 25 on Colorado Highway 56 (Exit 250).
- BNSF Railroad with rail spur access
- Denver International Airport: 49-minute drive
- Ft. Collins/Loveland Airport: 15-minute drive
South Weld County
With a population estimated to reach 82,435 by 2020, the southern region of Weld County has experienced some of its fastest growth recently. Offering an attractive small town/rural quality of life with abundant new homes, excellent schools, and majestic mountain views, the region is strategically located just north of metro Denver and east of Boulder, which has fueled booming residential growth. With 23,764 households who have an average median disposable income of $55,028, the region is poised to see continued growth. The average median household income is $68,011, the average median home value is $243,539, and the subregion offers a wide range of educational opportunities, sport venues, and recreation. Commercial and industrial sites are available, and large tracts of undeveloped land provide opportunity for future growth. East/west access is provided by Colorado Highway 52, which connects to Interstate 76 and Interstate 25. North/south access is provided by Interstate 25 and U.S. Highway 85, which connects to Interstate 70 in Denver and Interstate 80 in Wyoming. Denver International Airport is 20-30 minutes away.
Major Highway Access
- North/South demand: Direct, non stop access to Interstate 25 (Exit 250)
- East/West demand: Colorado Highway 56
- Western town boundary: U.S. Highway 287
|Population 25+ by Educational Attainment, 2016|
|Less than 9th Grade||0.3%|
|9th-12th Grade, No Diploma||2.7%|
|High School Graduate||17.3%|
|Some College, No Degree||32.2%|
|27J School District
ENROLLMENT BY SCHOOL: 2016-2017
|Ivy Stockwell Elementary||315|
|Turner Middle School||480|
|Berthoud High School||720|
|STAFFING INFORMATION: 2015|
|Average Teacher Salary, Fall 2015||$46,886.32|
|Average Student/Teacher Ratio||18.8/1|
|Community College Enrollment Fall 2016|
|Aims Community College|
|All Campus Locations||7,107|
|Front Range Community College|
|Boulder County Campus||5,406|
|Larimer County Campus||5,321|
|University Enrollment Fall 2016|
|University of Northern Colorado||12,260|
|University of Colorado Boulder||30,789|
|Colorado State University||33,198|
Key Residential Subdivisions/Home Builders
- Hammond/The Landhuis Company
- Heritage Ridge/Arbor Capital Partner
- Heron Lakes/Hillside Commercial
- Heron Pointe/Journey Homes LLC
- PrairieStar/PrairieStar Inc.
- Rose Farm Acres/Rose Farm Acres LLC
- Vantage/Access Land Colorado, LLC
- Hays Market
- Fast food chains
- Sit-down restaurants
Key Traffic Counts
- Interstate 25 at the Berthoud interchange: 75,000 ADT
- Colorado Highway 56 & 1st Street in Berthoud: 500 ADT
- U.S. Highway 287 and Colorado Highway 56: 16,000 ADT
- Wilson Ranch: A 1,600-acre mixed use development located at the Berthoud Interstate 25 interchange. Fully serviced and zoned.
- Ludlow Farms: A 300-acre mixed use development located at U.S. Highway 287 and Colorado Highway 56. Fully serviced and zoned.
- Heron Lakes: TPC golf course with residential pad sites available.
The town of Berthoud is pro-growth and prepared to handle company needs, and will do what can reasonably be done to reduce development/start-up costs of businesses looking to locate or expand. Berthoud considers each business, commercial, and industrial opportunity on an individual basis.
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