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Boulder, Colorado has a rich history and a bright future.
Examining the History of Boulder

The history of Boulder, Colorado begins in the early 1800s. The Southern Arapaho Native American tribe wandered around the foothills of the area. Other nomadic Indian tribes believed to inhabit Boulder in the 19th century include the Utes, Cheyennes, Comanches, and Sioux. When did Europeans first arrive in the area?

This wouldn’t happen until 1858. The gold rush was starting up and European settlers arrived within this part of the “Nebraska Territory.” By 1859, the Boulder City Town Company was formed. One year later, the area opened its first schoolhouse, and then one year after that, the Colorado Territory was created. By the year 1871, Boulder City was an incorporated city. Progress continued throughout the history of Boulder, including the creation of a railroad in 1873 and statehood by 1876. The same year that official statehood was declared, the city opened the University of Colorado at Boulder.

As the history of Boulder continued, gold, silver and coal mining proved to be the most important factors in the city’s economy. Mining fell from prominence in the 1940s. Cleaner industries began to power the economy, including the National Bureau of Standards, which still exists today as the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Streetcars operated from the late 19th century all the way to the early 1930s. Though streetcars no longer exist, there are some lobby groups anxious to restore these culturally significant vehicles. Why not? A great deal of the population walk or bicycle their way to town! Boulder did ban alcohol in the early 1900s, but the repeal of national prohibition in 1933 allowed beer and back into the city. Even today, Coloradoans still love their beer and the state is ranked number one in gross beer production. Boulder, Colorado alone has five breweries.

The history of Boulder is fascinating—and complements the city’s attentive hospitality.

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