Lyons, Co. was founded in 1880 by Edward S. Lyon. He purchased 160 acres from H.F. and Isabelle Sawyer, noticed the potential to quarry out the red sandstone, which had easy access due to the outcroppings. He platted the town in 1881. The town was incorporated in 1891.
The town is almost surrounded by large red sandstone mountains. Its sandstone is considered the hardest in the world, and it has a unique red or salmon color. While E. S. Lyon was one of the first people to help set up the quarrying business in the town, it has gone through several owners and new quarry locations over the years, with Murphy and Brodie and Loukonen being the most noteworthy owners. In the late 1800s the quarries got a big boost when a railroad was brought in to haul out the rock.
In 1910-12 the cement industry killed the sandstone industry, and rock production stopped. The only sandstone construction that went on during this period was the new University of Colorado campus.
Town Known For: A mecca for artists, outdoor enthusiasts and musicians Lyons has a variety of things to offer. Visitors will find a comfortable motel room, lodges and cabins. Plus, 17 restaurants to choose from! Many restaurants and coffeehouses feature live music, too.
Shoppers will find everything from antiques and unique gifts to custom bamboo rods, also a hardware store, pharmacy, florist, three groceries, and other retail services.
Furthermore, Lyons has become popular for its music festivals. Enjoy regional and national acts at Planet Bluegrass where the North St. Vrain Creek winds through the festival grounds making for a cool, relaxed outdoor music experience.
Adventurists alike can mountain bike Hall Ranch, rock climb at Button Rock or kayak the Whitewater Park in Meadow Park. Float on a tube down the North St. Vrain Creek, off road up Bunce School Road near Allenspark or hike around Rabbit Mountain.Take a scenic drive up the South St. Vrain Canyon to the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway and enjoy the Rocky Mountain views.
Region: Northern Front Range Regional Information
Proximity to other towns: Located 11.6 miles from Longmont, 11.1 miles from Jamestown, 11.4 miles from Niwot, 14.2 miles from Boulder, 14.5 miles from Berthoud
Elevation: 5,362 feet
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