Sometimes we visit new places in Colorado that we have never been. It’s one of the “perks” of the job really- this built in ability to explore. Every day we come in contact with new people who need answers to their moving and storage questions as well as tangible aid in moving from point A to point B. But we are always pleasantly surprised to find out that there are so many cities in our great State that provide such carefully thought out communities. This week we decided to highlight a place on our Colorado State map which is both little known and widely loved. This Fresh Place Friday is dedicated to an area called Highlands Ranch.
The History of Highlands Ranch
Originally populated by nomadic Native American tribes including the Arapaho Indians, the area that is now considered Highlands Ranch was sold to the US in 1803 as part of the Louisiana Purchase. There were no permanent settlers to the area until the issue of water supply was solved in 1870. Remaining a group of random farms and ranches strewn throughout the area just a few miles south of Littleton CO, parts of the area were bought and sold over the next 175 years but very little was actually organized or developed. But in 1978 the Mission Viejo Company purchased the area and the first homes were built in 1981.
Highlands Ranch Today
Today Highlands Ranch is a thriving metro district that includes over 95,000 residents making it the most highly populated city in the US that is still unincorporated. It exists and is developing as a “master planned community”, and is 23.5 square miles in size. This year the area is proud to celebrate its 30th anniversary. Sometimes called a “bedroom community”, Highlands Ranch is often the living place of choice for those who work in larger cities nearby because of its proximity to them.
The community of Highlands Ranch has been created with the central idea that an active approach to both your health and your environment is a very positive thing for life. Boasting state of the art recreational facilities, 23 parks and 70 miles of trails, there is no shortage of natural wonder. And with well known opportunities to be active such as the Backcountry Wilderness Area, the Open Space Information Center and various environmental education programs available to its residents, the focus on nature is clear. And with programs such as the “Healthy Steps Program”, dedicated specifically to encouraging the community to adopt a more healthy and active lifestyle in addition to the myriad of sports offered including football, soccer, rugby, baseball and tennis, there is always something to do .
For the high quality of life enjoyed by so many of the people that are fortunate enough to live in this community, it’s no wonder Highlands Ranch continues to receive national recognition for being one of the best places to live in the United States.
Getting to know the great state in which we live and work is important to us. As Colorado’s premier moving and storage company and one of the most trusted locally owned companies in the industry, we take pride in our surroundings. We enjoy getting to know the locals as well as moving our customers from areas we know and love into areas that we are interested in knowing more about.
Currently, Exodus has offices and storage facilities in both Fort Collins and Denver. For the most part, this holds up what is considered the Northern Colorado portion of the state map. But in an effort to educate others and to highlight other fascinating places, this week we would like to showcase another wonderful city within our state lines. This Fresh Place Friday is dedicated to the city of Colorado Springs.
Colorado Springs History and Location
Colorado Springs is located in what is considered to be the South Central part of Central Colorado just over 60 miles south of Denver. The township was originally established in 1871 and was designed to be the first stop on a new Denver & Rio Grande Railroad route from Denver to Mexico City. Its founder, William Jackson Palmer, created Colorado Springs to be a mini resort town, a tourist destination of sorts. And by the end of the 19th century, he had accomplished just that.
Today Colorado Springs is one of the largest cities in El Paso County. Situated near Pikes Peak, this township is more than a mile high at an altitude of 6,035 feet and is the second most populous city in all of Colorado. Boasting a mild climate as a result of its close proximity to the Rocky Mountains, the city is a fantastic location for both vacationing and living.
The People and Culture
Brimming with life and art and opportunity, there are many reasons why Colorado Springs is such a popular place to live in Colorado. Fashion fairs, health events and cultural exhibitions abound including award winning Conservatory Theater and countless community based drives, dinners and donation opportunities in addition to fascinating museum offerings. Whether you are seeking family events, excellent dining or live performances, original calendar events are in constant development in “The Springs”. With its large military community as home to the prestigious United States Air force Academy , Colorado Springs boasts a historical Native American population, several Olympic sport teams and a thriving high-tech industry. With this type of diversity of opportunity and population, it’s no wonder this city is such a popular destination.
At Exodus we are proud to move people to and from Colorado Springs for both residential and commercial moves.
For more information about this vibrant city check out: http://www.coloradosprings.com/
As a premier Colorado moving and storage company we have the pleasure of active travel. Not only is there never a dull moment in our buzzing offices in both Denver and Ft Collins, we are in constant motion, with movers in the field who are helping our clients to relocate their belongings and their lives. Part of our commitment to the community extends to those that surround us. As a result, we become involved in rotary clubs, chambers and other organizations that seek to improve conditions within a township or metropolitan area. This Fresh Place Friday is dedicated to the lovely city of Loveland.
Named after William A.H. Loveland, a renowned American railroad entrepreneur, the city of Loveland was founded in 1877. A result of the construction of the Colorado Central Railroad, the city was known since its inception for its agricultural offerings including sour cherries and sugar beets. Encompassing over 25 square miles just South of what is now Ft Collins, this part of the Front Range Urban Corridor is now home to more than 67,000 Coloradans. Known today for its unique public art collections and exhibitions, Loveland attracts sculptors from around the world to visit its bronze casting foundries. This in addition to a host of outdoor recreational opportunities, it’s no wonder why Loveland is a great place to visit or move to.
As a result of its unique name, since Valentine’s Day of 1947, this city participates annually in a massive re-mailing program. People from all over the US send their mail to the Loveland post office where it is then opened and re-sent having been stamped from the “land of love”. Each year, the city also selects a high school senior girl to represent this tradition and to act as the official “Miss Loveland Valentine.”
Exodus is proud to partner with the Loveland Rotary, an organization that exists to provide humanitarian service and encourage high ethical standards in business and ultimately in the world. With the organizational creed of “Service Above Self”, the Rotary is lead by President Cynthia Guldy.
Proud to be the “Arts and Hearts” capital of Colorado, the Loveland Chamber of Commerce is another thriving force in the business community. With a strong focus on Advocacy, Connections, Education and Visibility, this organization works with it’s over 16,000 members to strengthen business and forge strategic alliances in the community. At Exodus we are happy to be aligned with such a focused group of people.
At Exodus, we are happy to be premier Colorado movers. Because of this we get to see so many wonderful parts of our state. In a continued effort to showcase the beauty offered by this place, this week we are highlighting a city in Colorado that some people call, “the city nestled between the mountains and reality.” It’s a unique place that continually ranks highly in various national studies that cover a multitude of things that people look for when they want to create a happy and fulfilled life. This area is renowned for combining its outdoor recreation offerings with a myriad of metropolitan opportunities.
Our Fresh Place Friday this week is all about Boulder Colorado.
Just off highway 36, Boulder Colorado sits 5,430 feet above sea level. Located at the base of the Rocky Mountain foothills, the city is primed for outdoor adventures of all kinds and the main area spans just over 25 square miles. With 300 miles of hiking and biking trails flourishing beyond the hustle of the center and an estimated 300 days of sunshine per year, it’s no wonder why so many people flock to this city for some action packed open air experiences. Add to this rock climbing, skiing and fly fishing and you have a nature lovers paradise.
The Southern Arapaho Indian tribe were the first people known to inhabit what is now called Boulder. In 1861, when Colorado became its own territory, the city of Boulder began to grow as a result of the miners who would set up base at the foot of the mountains before going hiking in to search for gold. Seeing a need to build stores, lodging, restaurants and bars to support this new influx of fast fortune hopefuls, Boulder rapidly developed. With the eventual completion of a functional highway to Denver, the city of Boulder has now grown to over 100,000 residents.
Because of its location and history, the city of Boulder has developed a very unique personality. The people enjoy fantastic food and shopping, art, music and theater as well as award winning spas. In 2010 Portfolio.com voted Boulder the “Brainiest City in America.” Bon Appetite Magazine voted it the “Foodiest” town in the US last October and in 2009 Forbes Magazine voted it the best place in the country to “Live Well In”. Known for personal health consciousness, committed to waste reduction and supporting a vast amount of fine microbreweries, Boulderites are happy to have you come for a visit or even make the move to Boulder.