Looking at the city of Lafayette Colorado today, you would never have guessed that it started its humble beginnings as a coal mining town. In 1884 coal was discovered on the farm of Mary Miller. In 1887, the first mine (the Simpson mine) was established and in 1888, a second mine (the Canon mine) was established. With the development of the mines came miners and their families. The miners needed a place to live and this started the construction of houses. Mary Miller designated 150 acres of her farm for the town of Lafayette (her late husband’s name was Lafayette Miller) thereby formally giving the community its name of Lafayette.
As with many small coal towns, Lafayette went through years of boom, bust, recovery and downfall until finally in the 1950’s, natural gas effectively replaced the use of coal causing the end of Lafayette’s coal mining days. All is not lost: Lafayette re-invented itself as an agricultural community. But with time and residential growth, Lafayette evolved and became a city known for commercial small industrial and manufacturing enterprises. Today, some of the major area employers include University of Colorado, IBM, Oracle, Level 3 Communications, and Seagate Technology.
If you are looking for homes for sale Lafayette Colorado, try to coordinate your visit with some of the local event such as the Peach Festival, the Oatmeal Festival, the Brew Festival, and more cultural events.