From the early 1860s, farmers and ranchers were settling near the Cache la Poudre River. Settlements at what became Windsor were named Cache La Poudre or West Poudre Settlement (1859), Halfway House (1860s), Hiltonville (1873), Wellers (1878), London and New London (1882), and Hollister (1882). With the completion of the Greeley Salt Lake and Pacific Railroad between Fort Collins and Greeley in 1881, land owner and founder Edward Hollister began mapping lots for this townsite.
Research shows that the likely origin for the name is from Hollister’s home town of Windsor, New York. The town of Windsor was platted and named in 1882, then incorporated as a town in Weld County in 1890. Agriculture remained the economic center in Windsor.
Sugar Company’s factory opened and doubled in size by 1909. Prior to World War I (1914-1918), all sugar beet seeds were imported from Germany. When war with Germany seemed likely, local sugar beet farmers began successfully producing their own sugar beet seeds. In the late 1940s, Windsor farmers began growing cucumbers for pickling for the Heinz Company. By 1952, Windsor delivered more pickles than any other station east of the Rocky Mountains.
Source: Weld County 150, City of Greeley Museums staff, Nancy Lourine Lynch.
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The Town of Windsor is a rapidly developing unique community located in the heart of northern Colorado. It is situated between the mountains and the plains, where open sky meets towering peaks. From one center of town to the other, we are 15 miles from Greeley and 17 miles from Fort Collins.
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: Interstate 25 and U.S. Highway 85
East/West demand: Colorado Highway 392
Denver International Airport: From the center of town, Windsor is within an hour’s drive.
Greeley/Weld County Airport: From the center of town, Windsor is a 25-minute drive.
Fort Collins/Loveland Airport: From the center of town, Windsor is a 15-minute drive.
|Population 25+ by Educational Attainment, 2016|
|Less than 9th Grade||1.2%|
|9th-12th Grade, No Diploma||2.2%|
|High School Graduate||17.0%|
|Some College, No Degree||21.1%|
|Windsor RE-4 School District
ENROLLMENT BY SCHOOL: 2016-2017
|Mountain View Elementary||425|
|Range View Elementary||699|
|Severance Middle School||530|
|Windsor Middle School||643|
|Windsor High School||1,385|
|Windsor Charter Academy Elementary School||1021|
|Windsor Charter Academy Middle and Early College High School||1021|
|Windsor RE-4 School District
STAFFING INFORMATION: 2015-2016
|Average Teacher Salary||$48,172.18|
|Average Student/Teacher Ratio||17.78/1|
|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 Windsor’s Economic Development Department exists to diversify, grow, and strengthen the local Windsor economy. Main objectives are to expand the primary employment base and secure retail and service opportunities for residents and industries.
For additional information, contact:
Town of Windsor
Economic Development Director
301 Walnut Street
Windsor, CO 80550
Phone: (970) 674-2414