Place:Greeley, Weld, Colorado, United States

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NameGreeley
Alt namesGreelysource: USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS8012633
Union Colonysource: Encyclopædia Britannica (1988) V, 463
TypeCity
Coordinates40.415°N 104.724°W
Located inWeld, Colorado, United States     (1870 - )
Contained Places
Cemetery
Linn Grove Cemetery
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Greeley is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Weld County, Colorado, United States. Greeley is in northern Colorado. Greeley is situated north-northeast of the Colorado State Capitol in Denver. According to the 2013 Census estimates, the population of the city is 109,888. Greeley is the 12th most populous city in the State of Colorado. Greeley is a major city of the large Front Range Urban Corridor.

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Early history

The town was named after Horace Greeley, editor of the New York Tribune.

Latham

Greeley is located in (or just west of) the area previously occupied by the Overland Trail station of Latham (originally called the Cherokee City Station). The Latham station (also known as Fort Latham) was built in 1862 and named in honor of Milton S. Latham, one of California's early senators. The stagecoach station was at the confluence of the South Platte River and the Cache la Poudre River. It is believed that here occurred the birth of the first white child born in Colorado, a girl. Fort Latham was the headquarters of the government troops during the Indian conflicts of 1860-64 and the county seat (the post office being called Latham).

Union Colony

Greeley began as the Union Colony, which was founded in 1869 as an experimental utopian community "based on temperance, religion, agriculture, education and family values." by Nathan C. Meeker, a newspaper reporter from New York City. Meeker purchased a site at the confluence of the Cache la Poudre and South Platte Rivers (that included the area of Latham, an Overland Trail station), halfway between Cheyenne and Denver along the tracks of the Denver Pacific Railroad formerly known as the "Island Grove Ranch". The name Union Colony was later changed to Greeley in honor of Horace Greeley, who was Meeker's editor at the New York Tribune, and popularized the phrase "Go West, young man".

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