Weld County brothers John, William, and Thomas McKissick was in the St. Vrain Valley Home Guard. While John and Thomas went on to serve as the Weld County Sheriff, William discovered coal in southwestern Weld County, leading to the McKissick brothers purchasing railroad land to establish a coal mine. In 1872, they opened the McKissick, Colorado’s first production coal mine, located where today’s Saddleback Golf Course is in Firestone. In 1907, the Denslow Coal and Land Company purchased 160 acres of Thomas McKissick’s land from his widow. Later that same year, Ohio investors bought Denslow out and started the Firestone Coal Company, establishing Firestone coal mine.
They platted a town next to the mine named Firestone in 1908. Everything was named for Jacob Firestone, one of the Ohio investors. Firestone was the third coal mining town of a trio of towns northeast of Erie, along with Frederick and Dacono, commonly referred to as the Tri-Towns or the Carbon Valley.
Five coal mines operated in Firestone until 1947, when the coal mines closed. During its production, Firestone’s Grant Mine produced 2,070,686 tons of coal, enough to fill a coal train 200 miles long. Where the old train track bed was is now the Firestone Trail. More than 12 miles long, the Firestone Trail connects a variety of neighborhood and regional parks, the St. Vrain Legacy Trail, and the Colorado Front Range Trail.
Firestone remained a small town until its boom began in 2000. During that time, the population soared from 1,908 to 10,147 in 2010. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the Town of Firestone had a growth rate of 431 percent during that time, making it the fastest growing community in Colorado.
Source: Town of Firestone, www.firestone.gov
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Firestone is located just 20 minutes north of Denver along the Interstate 25 corridor, minutes north of the Northwest Parkway and ExpressToll Highway 470 with direct access to Denver International Airport.
Denver International Airport: 30-minute drive
Southwest 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, sports venues, and recreation. Commercial and industrial sites are available, and large tracts of undeveloped land provide the 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
Firestone rests on the Interstate 25 corridor at one of the busiest intersections in Northern Colorado at the exit of Colorado Highway 119.
North/South demand: Interstate 25
East/West demand: Colorado Highway 66, Colorado Highway 52, Colorado Highway 119
|Population 25+ by Educational Attainment, 2016|
|Less than 9th Grade||1.9%|
|9th-12th Grade, No Diploma||2.3%|
|High School Graduate||18.2%|
|Some College, No Degree||29.1%|
|St. Vrain Valley RE 1J District Statistics
ENROLLMENT BY SCHOOL: 2016-2017
|Prairie Ridge Elementary||480|
|Coal Ridge Middle School||771|
|Carbon Valley Academy K-8||231|
|Imagine Charter K-8||567|
|Thunder Valley K-8||860|
|Frederick High School||960|
|Mead High School||1,023|
|STAFFING INFORMATION: 2015-2016|
|Average Teacher Salary, Fall 2014||$52,941.08|
|Average Student/Teacher Ratio||23.9/1|
|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|
- American Furniture Warehouse
- Home Depot
- King Soopers
Key Traffic Counts
- 33,800 at Colorado Highway 119 and Interstate 25
Firestone has a strong focus on business and economic development in an effort to provide new jobs, additional goods, and services for Firestone residents. Economic development also increases the Town’s tax base, which helps keeps taxes low while providing necessary public services. Town staff is here to help new businesses get a start in Firestone by answering questions, being a resource, and facilitating the proper paperwork and permits to get your doors open for business.
For additional information, contact:
Director of Community Development