The Denver Pacific Railroad (DPRR) from Cheyenne reached the present LaSalle town site on May 11, 1870. By 1875, LaSalle had a depot, section house, and coal chutes, but it wasn’t until 1881 that a town began to develop as the Union Pacific bought out the DPRR and extended a line 151 miles southwestward from Julesburg, meeting the Cheyenne to Denver line at LaSalle. The most likely theory about the naming of LaSalle is that it was named after the LaSalle railroad station in Chicago, named for the French explorer, Robert Cavalier Sieur de la Salle (1643-1687).
In 1886, the LaSalle Post Office was established, and the town was platted in 1891. In 1909, the railroad built a four-stall roundhouse to turn train engines, a rail car repair shop, and a 60,000-gallon-water tank, and the town grew to provide major passenger and freight service. LaSalle was incorporated in 1910.
LaSalle’s bridge over the South Platte River was built in 1936. The final portion of the first concrete highway in Colorado was opened between Greeley and LaSalle in September 1954. UPRR received a protest in 1955 from the coalition of Greeley, Eaton, and LaSalle about a plan to discontinue local train passenger services between Cheyenne and Denver, but eventually the service was closed.
Source: Weld County 150, City of Greeley Museums staff, Nancy Lourine Lynch.
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LaSalle is a farming community located just 3 miles south of Greeley along U.S. Highway 85, 40 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||8.1%|
|9th-12th Grade, No Diploma||8.5%|
|High School Graduate||30.2%|
|Some College, No Degree||21.4%|
|Weld County RE-1 School District
ENROLLMENT BY SCHOOL: 2016-2017
|Pete Mirich Elementary||403|
|North Valley Middle||265|
|Valley High School||606|
|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 LaSalle 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. LaSalle considers each business, commercial, and industrial opportunity on an individual basis.
For additional information, contact:
128 North 2nd Street
LaSalle, CO 80645