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Longmont, Co. was founded in 1871 by a group of Chicagoans who had decided to found a new town in Colorado. Originally called the Chicago-Colorado Colony, the men sold memberships in the town and with the proceeds purchased the land necessary for the town. As the first planned community in Boulder County, the city streets were laid out in a grid plan in a square mile. The city began to flourish as an agricultural community after the building of the Colorado Central Railroad line arrived northward from Boulder in 1877.

The word "Longmont" comes from Longs Peak, a prominent mountain named for explorer Stephen H. Long that is clearly visible from Longmont, and "mont" from the French word for mountain.

Town Known For: In addition to historic and cultural highlights, Longmont maintains more than 1500 acres of parks and open space and is privy to Boulder County's extensive hiking and biking trails. Nearby Union Reservoir is popular for windsurfing, fishing and camping.

Map: Longmont

Region: Northern Front Range Regional Information

County: Boulder

Proximity to other towns: Located 6.1 miles from Niwot, 9.6 miles from Berthoud, 9.7 miles from Erie, 11 miles from Frederick, 11.6 miles from Lyons, 12.2 miles from Firestone

Population: 86,000+

Elevation: 4,942 feet

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