The Union Pacific Railroad line allowed a shipping depot to be built in 1884 at Orr, provided they change the name. Orr was too similar to other station names on that line. The local railroad master, James Kersey Painter, changed it to that of his mother’s maiden name, Kersey. On November 10, 1908, the Kersey citizens voted to incorporate, creating an officially recognized town. Most of Kersey’s settlement was in surrounding farms and ranches, producing everything from sugar beets and potatoes to steers and sheep.
In 1920, Kersey had grown to include a newspaper, butcher shop, bakery, drug store, bank, ice factory, hay mill, livery barn, harness and shoe shop, baseball park, two pool halls (one maintained a cigar factory in back), grain elevators, barber shops, lumber yards, dance halls, doctors’ offices, hotels, cafes, and three grocery stores, plus a brick two-story high school. Kersey churches served Methodists, Baptists, and Evangelists. There were two movies shown every week in Woodman’s Hall, though there were fewer than one thousand Kersey area residents.
For Kersey pre-searched real estate please select the property search tab to the right.
Source: Weld County 150, City of Greeley Museums staff, Nancy Lourine Lynch.
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Kersey is conveniently located on U.S. Highway 34, just 6 miles east of Greeley in rapidly growing Weld County. The town is situated just east of the foothills of the gorgeous Rocky Mountains and south of the Pawnee Buttes. Kersey is only minutes from all the conveniences found in Greeley, Fort Collins, Loveland, and Windsor, and is approximately 1 hour from Denver International Airport and the Denver Metropolitan Area.
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, 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
North/South demand: 8 miles east of Interstate 85
East/West demand: U.S. Highway 34, 15 miles south of Colorado Highway 14
Denver International Airport: 30-minute drive
Greeley/Weld County Airport: 10-minute drive
|Population 25+ by Educational Attainment, 2016|
|Less than 9th Grade||5.3%|
|9th-12th Grade, No Diploma||9.7%|
|High School Graduate||29.2%|
|Some College, No Degree||19.1%|
|Platte Valley RE-7 School District
ENROLLMENT BY SCHOOL: 2016-2017
|Platte Valley Elementary||418|
|Platte Valley Middle School||260|
|Platte Valley High School||358|
|Platte Valley RE-7 School District
STAFFING INFORMATION: 2015-2016
|Average Teacher Salary||$47,595.68|
|Average Student/Teacher Ratio||13.76/1|
|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|
Key Home Builders
- Sharp Construction
- Journey Homes
Key Residential Subdivisions
- Koelher Farm
- Range View
- Family Dollar
- Several Restaurants
- Gas Stations
Key Traffic Counts
- U.S. Highway 34 & Weld County Road 49
- Weld County Road 53 (North)
Opportunities: Platte River Port and Recreation District
The town of Kersey 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.
For additional information, contact:
Town of Kersey
332 3rd Street
P.O. Box 657
Kersey, CO 80644