Home to over 28,000 people, Lafayette, Colorado is a lush residential community located east of Boulder. Lafayette real estate often offers panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains and proximity to serene Waneka Lake.  Recreation can be found in the 19 neighborhood parks, 20 miles of trails and the Indian Peaks Golf Course – designed by three-time U.S. Open winner Hale Irwin.  Lafayette is served with an award-winning middle school, day-care and preschools, and a K-12 charter school.

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The city of Lafayette was founded by Mary Miller and her husband Lafayette Miller in 1888. They acquired farming land through the Homestead Act in 1871, but moved to Boulder in 1874 where Lafayette owned and operated a butcher shop.  Upon his death in 1878 his wife and six children moved back to their initial farmland and discovered coal on their land in 1887.  This brought in the era of coal mining. One year later, Mary allocated 150 acres to be set aside for the town of Lafayette, named for her late husband. 

By 1914 Lafayette was leading the coal-mining industry and had become a city large enough to accommodate four hotels, two river banks, and brickworks. This industry survived two strikes and almost 40 years, but began to decline in the 1950s due to natural gas becoming prominent and replacing coal as a fuel. It was in this decade that present-day Lafayette defined itself. Its population grew alongside the populations of Denver and Boulder, and its farming industry became small industrial, commercial, and manufacturing.

Art on the Street

Lafayette has the largest art on loan sculpture walk in Boudler Country. This program has become an essential part of this community. Come enjoy Art Night Out on the 3rd Friday, May-September, for breathtaking art, music & community. The heArt Walk map can be picked up at the Lafayette Recreation Center. The map includes a two mile walk through Old Town to view all 16 of the sculptures placed around town. There is no better way to experience art than with your communtiy.

 

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Peach Festival

Lafayette’s annual Peach Festival is a free event featuring live music, children’s entertainment, face painting and, of course, peaches! Thousands of fresh Palisade peaches, as well as peach pie, peach cobbler, and peach smoothies are available throughout the festival. Located in Old Town Lafayette, the festival includes art, craft and food vendors as well as a local farmer’s market. 


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Lafayette Quaker Oatmeal Festival

Lafayette’s one of a kind Quaker Oatmeal Festival was created to encourage a healthy lifestyle. This family friendly event includes a 5K run as well as a health fair complete with screenings, discounted lab tests and many other services that promote physical well being. The Denver Museum of Nature and Science is on site to provide unique educational activities for children. Bonfil’s Blood Center hosts a community blood drive during the event. The festival, sponsored by Quaker as well as other local businesses, also holds an oatmeal baking contest.
 

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Historic Homes

Numerous homes built in the late 1800s and early 1900s can still be found in Lafayette. The city is interested in preserving its rich heritage and many of these homes have been designated historic landmarks.

 


Miners Museum

A tribute to Lafayette’s rich history, the Miners Museum contains artifacts and photos that tell the story of Lafayette through the years. Exhibits highlight Lafayette’s pioneer years and subsequent coal mining era all the way to present day. The Miners Museum is located in a historic miners home on East Simpson Avenue.


Bob L. Burger Recreation Center

With a variety of fitness and recreation amenities, the Bob L. Burger Recreation Center offers activities for all ages. The facility includes an indoor track, pool, aerobics room, racquetball courts, childcare and more at an affordable price. In addition, the center maintains outdoor amenities including sports complexes as well as an inline skating rink. Sports programs, seniors programs and camps are also offered.

 


Lafayette Public Library

 The Lafayette Public Library offers a vast collection of books for every age and interest. Children’s programs, teen programs, homework help and adult reading groups are just a few of the special programs available to the public. Library members also have access to an online database complete with magazine articles, downloadable books and music.

 


Indian Peaks Golf Course

The 18 hole Indian Peaks Golf Course was designed by Hale Irwin to challenge golfers of all skill levels by offering four sets of tees. In addition to the full course, a driving range, chipping and practice greens are also available. Indian Peaks Golf Course offers leagues for men and women as well as golf instruction.


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Home to over 28,000 people, Lafayette, Colorado is a lush residential community located east of Boulder. Lafayette real estate often offers panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains and proximity to serene Waneka Lake.  Recreation can be found in the 19 neighborhood parks, 20 miles of trails and the Indian Peaks Golf Course – designed by three-time U.S. Open winner Hale Irwin.  Lafayette is served with an award-winning middle school, day-care and preschools, and a K-12 charter school.

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