The Platte River Land Company built a “village on the Platte” along the Denver Pacific Railroad line between Denver and Cheyenne, Wyoming, a temperance colony similar to Greeley’s Union Colony. Named for the nearby South Platte River, the colony town of Platteville was surveyed and the plat filed on July 17, 1871, in Weld County. Lots were auctioned in New York City and Chicago to attract settlers, but only a few actually relocated to Platteville. Platteville grew slowly, becoming responsible for the Fort Vasquez School in 1873.
Platteville took over St. Vrain Post Office in 1875, as the Platteville Post Office. In 1879, the town’s population was just 50 people. The first successful crop in the area was potatoes, and a coal mine began operation in 1887. Platteville remained dry (no drinking alcohol allowed) until the election of 1889 when the “wets ran strong,” and Platteville’s first liquor license was sold for $2,400 for a liquor store.
Source: Weld County 150, City of Greeley Museums staff, Nancy Lourine Lynch.
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Platteville is located just 18 miles south of Greeley, 30 miles north of the Denver Metro Area, and 9 miles east of Interstate 25. U.S. Highway 85 serves as the main north/south corridor and intersects with Colorado Highway 66, which affords traffic counts in excess of 21,000 daily.
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: Interstate 25 and U.S. Highway 85
East/West demand: Colorado Highway 66
Denver International Airport: Approximately 36 miles south of Platteville, providing easy access.
Greeley/Weld County Airport: Approximately 20 miles north of Platteville, providing easy access.
|Population 25+ by Educational Attainment, 2016|
|Less than 9th Grade||8.7%|
|9th-12th Grade, No Diploma||9.3%|
|High School Graduate||29.3%|
|Some College, No Degree||27.9%|
|Weld RE-1 School District Statistics
ENROLLMENT BY SCHOOL: 2016-2017
|South Valley Middle School||203|
|Valley High School||550|
|Weld RE-1 School District
STAFFING INFORMATION: 2015-2016
|Average Teacher Salary||$46,176.17|
|Average Student/Teacher Ratio||15.6/1|
|Community College Enrollment Fall 2016|
|Aims Community College|
|All Campus Locations||7,107|
|Front Range Community College|
|Larimer County Campus||5,321|
|University Enrollment Fall 2016|
|University of Northern Colorado||12,260|
|Colorado State University||33,198|
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The town of Platteville 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. Platteville considers each business, commercial, and industrial opportunity on an individual basis.
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