For tourists travelling from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park one of the routes currently available despite the devastating flooding that occurred in September, 2013 is through the town of Longmont. The town has a quirky history all its own.
The area, once the hunting grounds to several tribes including the Arapaho and Cheyenne, was a planned community for white settlers. In 1870, a group of prominent businessmen from Chicago decided they would start a new town in Colorado. After selling memberships for the Chicago-Colorado colony, the men purchased 60,000 acres in northwestern Colorado and built the town by 1871 out of barren land making a grid pattern off of a main street. The tallest mountain, Longs Peak (now part of Rocky Mountain National Park and named after explorer Major Stephen Long), was seen from a distance and the town decided on the name of Longmont.
The soil was rich but needed irrigation so large ditches were built to divert the surrounding streams. The town initially had an agricultural economy. There were flour mills, a vegetable cannery and a beet sugar factory to name a few.
But Longmont’s agricultural economy suffered with the rest of the nation during the Great Dust Bowl in the 1930’s as dried out soil from prolonged drought blew over the plains. At one time black clouds of dust once strangled Longmont.
But even in the1950’s, the economy was still largely agricultural and Longmont’s population, though diverse, was only about 8000. It is now over 80,000. What made the boom?
As the agricultural business declined (the cannery and sugar factory closed in the 1970’s), the technology industry grew in Longmont. Besides major tech businesses that developed in and around Longmont, the federal government built an air traffic control center in Longmont.
Despite its population growth, Main Street in downtown Longmont was dead during the 1980’s. With urban renewal projects the last two decades, however, the downtown is experiencing a revival. Old Town boasts shops, restaurants and brewpubs and the town holds summertime festivals, concerts and artwalks. Longmont is also a bicycle friendly community.
Unfortunately, Longmont also suffered during the recent flooding caused by unprecedented rainfall in September, 2013 when the Saint Vrain River and the Left Hand Creek overflowed. So much rain fell that it was labeled the millennium flood as in a once in a thousand chance of occurring. With the same spirit as the original town planners, rebuilding has already begun. [source]
Whether you are a foreigner visiting the city or a resident of Colorado want to seek some fun at its various entertainment venues or want to explore the natural or cultural treasures of the region, Denver will never disappoint you. It is full of the things to grab your attention whatever is your interest and period of stay there. Its abundance of tourist’s attractions makes it a perfect venue for summer holidays as well as winter holiday and during vacations millions of visitors take Denver flights to take a memorable tour. But the most notable thing is that its attractions are not only confines to entertainment and history but the city is home to many business and financial centers that are making it prominent among business travelers too.
Rocky Mountains Trip: A day trip to Rocky Mountains is one of the most opted Denver tours. It’s a full day activity that starts from Cherry Creek Shopping Center, passes you through different interesting sites and finally brings takers of flights to Denver at mighty Rocky Mountains 11,314 feet above sea level. These are perhaps one of the highest mountains in the world.
It contains about 265,000 acres that is also home top Rocky Mountains National park. It provides many options for things to do there such as; hiking, backpacking, fishing, horseback riding, mountain biking, skiing, mountain climbing, photography and sightseeing. Mountains and hills are present in many of the areas worldwide what distinguishes flights to Denver it from other hilly areas is that it is without all sorts of commercialization that provides cheap Denver flights takers an opportunity to experience nature at its purest as well as its best.
Central City and Black Hawk: This is the place that is host of vaudeville and minstrel shows and is also the site to witness the well-preserved remains of two precious mining dating back to nineteenth century. Central City and Black Hawk are two attractive sites adjacent to each other. These offer an out class architecture in red color that turns into white in peak winter season because of snow falling. Visitors taking cheap flights to Denver visit it for its serene beauty as well as to explore the interesting history of its. During summer its museum can also be visited. [source]