Gordon McClain owned land along the Weld-Adams County line next to Interstate 80S and developed a 12-acre mobile home subdivision in 1961. It was named Spacious Living, nicknamed Space City. In 1974, to be able to improve their water and sewer systems, residents voted to incorporate, naming their new town Lochbuie. McClain’s grandparents’ ancestral home was Lochbuie, Isle of Mull, Scotland. In Scottish-Gaelic, the spelling would be Locha Buidhe, meaning, “Lake of the Fair-Haired Clan.”
In July 1976, Interstate-80S was renumbered to Interstate 76, which remains a major regional highway along the southern side of Lochbuie. Interstate 76 runs between the western terminus in Arvada and the eastern end at Interstate 80 in Nebraska. Denver International Airport opened in 1995, motivating Lochbuie’s growth to over 2,000 residents.
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Source: Weld County 150, City of Greeley Museums staff, Nancy Lourine Lynch.