Erie, Colorado Real Estate|
A History of Farming
The first settlers to locate in the Erie area were farmers or merchants who lived along Coal Creek. In those days, Erie real estate consisted of widely spaced farms which limited social interaction between families. Attending church, school or grange meetings meant a long ride by horseback or horse drawn wagon. Access to some communities along the Front Range was provided by stagecoach companies who transported mail, freight and passengers.
Spreading the Gospel
Circuit-riding preachers brought the gospel to families once or twice a month. One of these preachers was the Reverend Richard Van Valkenburg, a Methodist preacher from the coal mining towns near Erie, Pennsylvania. Reverend Valkenburg became a civil leader in this little Colorado community, founded the town and named it “Erie” after its eastern counterpart. Erie was incorporated in 1874.
With the development of coal mining in the Erie area in the early 1870s, more people moved to this little community. In 1871, the railroad connected Erie and Brighton with the main rail line that ran between Denver and Cheyenne. Erie’s coal was needed to fuel the railroad’s large steam engines. Soon, coal was shipped by railroad to Denver and distant markets as far east as Kansas City. Coal mining continued in the Erie area until 1979 when the last mine closed.
Erie Real Estate Today
The mid 1990s brought a number of residential developments to Erie, Colorado. Homes popped up quickly and by January 2005, Erie’s population had grown to 12,000. With new homes continuing to be built, Erie’s population is projected to reach 38,000 by the year 2020. Erie has a small regional airport, a championship 18-hole golf course and approximately 600 acres of parks and open space. The new subdivisions are designed around neighborhood parks and open space.
Located partly in Boulder County and partly in Weld County, Erie is approximately 25 minutes north of Denver and 20 minutes east of Boulder. E 470, which is just two miles from Erie, provides easy access to Denver International Airport.
Erie’s availability of new homes in a variety of price ranges, as well as Erie’s short commute to major employment centers, has created a demand for Erie homes. The new subdivision of Vista Ridge, designed around a championship golf course, offers a variety of lovely new homes from starter homes to million dollar custom homes. Many homes have fabulous views of the Rocky Mountain’s snow covered peaks.
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