Originally meant to be an experiment, Greeley was founded in 1869 with the goal of becoming a Utopian community that prized religion, education, agriculture, and family values. It was first known as the “Union Colony”, but the name was later changed to honor founder Nathan C. Meeker’s editor, Horace Greeley, of the New York Tribune

Greeley puts a heavy emphasis on the arts, and boasts one of the largest performing arts venues found in Colorado. Union Colony Civic Center books events – like Broadway musicals and comedy shows – year round. 

In 2015, they set the world record for longest continuous chalk art drawing at the city’s annual “Great Greeley Chalk-A-Lot”. The community gathered to create a chalk drawing as long as 18,761 ft., or 1.5 miles. 

Greeley is often described as a place where country meets city. With a population around 100,000, this quaint city has been ranked as one of the top places to live because of its growing economy, affordable housing market, educational success, and low crime rate.

According to the 2016 Rocky Mountain Section of the American Water Works, Greeley comes in no. 1 for best tasting water in the Rocky Mountain Region. They will go on to represent the region at “Best of the Best”, a national water taste test event held by the American Water Works Association.

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