The town of Nantes (1887-1907), situated along the Union Pacific Railway, was failing. A lumber tycoon from Iowa, W. K. Gilcrest, acquired much of the property around Nantes in 1907. He began building a new community on the bones of Nantes, renaming the town after his father, Jacob K. Gilcrest. Keeping with their temperance ideals, all Gilcrest deeds prohibited the sale of intoxicating liquors.
Within a couple years, the Gilcrest park and streets had 1,000 trees planted around them, and a dozen businesses had opened to serve its 300 citizens. Between 1913 and 1977, the Greeley Great Western Sugar Factory operated a sugar beet dump at the Gilcrest railroad station. W. K. Gilcrest became a Colorado state legislator in 1915 and was instrumental in routing the Greeley-Denver Highway (now U.S. Highway 85)through LaSalle, Peckham, and Gilcrest.
Source: Weld County 150, City of Greeley Museums staff, Nancy Lourine Lynch.
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Gilcrest is a centrally located small farming community just 10 miles south of Greeley on U.S. Highway 85, 30 miles north of the Denver Metro area.
Central Weld County
With a population estimated to reach 188,466 by 2020, this subregion is the most populous of the county. With 62,236 households and an average median disposable income of $47,649, it’s the retail core and offers an attractive mix of lifestyles from medium-sized cities to small rural communities nestled amongst some of the most productive farmland in the country. The average median household income is $58,272, and the average median house value is $205,872. This subregion offers spectacular mountain views and a quality of life with plenty of outdoor recreation, excellent schools, and easy access to two state universities. Developed commercial and industrial sites abound, and the region has seen numerous employers locate or expand, which has produced a vibrant, growing business sector. The region has excellent east/west access via Colorado Highway 14 and U.S. Highway 34, which connect to Interstate 25 and Interstate 76. U.S. Highway 85 provides north/south access, connecting to Interstate 70 in Denver and Interstate 80 in Wyoming. Main/short line rail access is ample, and Denver International Airport is about an hour away.
Major Highway Access
North/South demand: U.S. Highway 85
East/West demand: 10 miles south of U.S. Highway 34
|Population 25+ by Educational Attainment, 2016|
|Less than 9th Grade||10.8%|
|9th-12th Grade, No Diploma||15.1%|
|High School Graduate||26%|
|Some College, No Degree||20.9%|
|Weld County RE-1 School District
ENROLLMENT BY SCHOOL: 2016-2017
|North Valley Middle||261|
|South Valley Middle||203|
|Valley High School||550|
|Weld County RE-1 School District
STAFFING INFORMATION: 2015-2016
|Average Teacher Salary, Fall 2014||$46,176.17|
|Average Student/Teacher Ratio||14.42/1|
|Community College Enrollment Fall 2016|
|Aims Community College|
|All Campus Locations||7,107|
|University Enrollment Fall 2016|
|University of Northern Colorado||12,260|
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The town of Gilcrest 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. Gilcrest considers each business, commercial, and industrial opportunity on an individual basis.
For additional information, contact:
Town of Gilcrest
304 8th Street
P.O. Box 128
Gilcrest, CO 80623
Phone: (970) 737-2426