Greeley's 150th Anniversary


April 6th, 2020 marks 150 years since Greeley was incorporated as a city. Our founder, Nathan Meeker, named the new town “Greeley” after his New York newspaper editor Horace Greeley who popularized the phrase “Go West, young man, go West”. The settlement was carefully situated at the delta of the Cache la Poudre and South Platte Rivers to support an agrarian economy and way of life. In addition, the new transcontinental railroad made Greeley a perfect halfway stop between Denver and Cheyenne and promised good access to goods, travel, progress, new ideas, and more newcomers.

From its start with 480 residents, Greeley is now home to over 112,000 people. Greeley is a home rule municipality, the county seat, and the most populous community in Weld County. Early Greeley set out to be a “utopian” community founded on solid values and principles. Its agricultural heritage has continued to mark its culture, values, and economy as it ranks today in the top ten agricultural producing counties in the nation.  Early on, Greeley distinguished itself as a leader in water development and management and was key to the development of the Colorado Water Doctrine.

With its foresight, resource management, talent, and civic leadership, Greeley enjoys attractive development, a high quality of life, and a diverse economy that includes abundant local innovators and Fortune 500 companies with a strong work ethic and strong appreciation for recreation, culture, and taking care of our neighbors.

As Greeley celebrates its 150th anniversary, it also tips its hat to other centennial community partners such as the University of Northern Colorado, the Greeley Tribune, Greeley Area Chamber of Commerce, the Greeley Independence Stampede, and Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra, to name just a few.   Together, we have built an amazing community and have chosen some special ways to celebrate throughout the year.  We hope you’ll join us! 

(dates and events subject to change due to COVID19 management)

Calendar of Events


19Greeley Day at the Capitol; recognition of Greeley’s 150th Anniversary


17Mayor’s Proclamation Recognizing 2020 as Greeley’s 150th Anniversary
 City’s 150th Event Home Page created


6Annual City Council Member Reunion Luncheon (Postponed)
7Reception/Birthday Cake and City Hall Time Capsule Reveal (City Center South, 5:00 – 5:45 PM) (Postponed)
18Greeley150 Opens at the Greeley History Museum (714 8th St, 10 am - 4 pm) Closes December 27th (Postponed)
25Arbor Day (40th Anniversary), Award, tree planting, special events (Lincoln Park, 9 am - noon) (Canceled)


14Historic Preservation Month - Commemorative Poster
 Historic Preservation Month event: Syntax Distillery - Greeley Historic Trivia (6-8 p.m.), 700 6th St
19Greeley Area Chamber hosts Greeley State of the City Address (UNC Campus Commons, 11:30 – 1:00 PM)
28History Brown Bag at the Greeley History Museum – Peggy Ford Waldo, “Union Colonists and Notable Pioneers of Greeley” (714 8th St, 12 pm – 1 pm)


8Walking Tour: “The Old Normal and the New Normal” 6:30 p.m., starting at 931 16th Street
10Confluence, Greeley Water Board/Public Art Book Reveal (Lincoln Park, time TBD, in conjunction with Union Colony Pioneer Society)
18Big Boy Steam Engine Stop in Greeley (Union Pacific Depot/10th Street, noon) Special Presentation by “Mr. Moffat” (Moffat Train Fame) – tentative (10AM Union Pacific Depot)


11Free Day at the Meeker Home Museum (1324 9th Ave, 10 am – 2 pm)
13“Where it All Began” Lawn Talk (part of walking tour series) at the Meeker Home, 1324 9th Ave, starting at 6:30 p.m.
27“Greeley AI: Agriculture and Irrigation” – starting at the Meeker Home, 1324 9th Ave, 6:30 p.m.


10“Inside Sacred Spaces – Historic Church Tour” starting at the Meeker Home, 1324 9th Ave, 6:30 p.m.


12Potato Day at Centennial Village Museum (1475 A St, 10 am – 4 pm)
19DDA Octobrewfest, 2nd Time Capsule Reveal (Lincoln Park, time TBD)