Loveland is located about 45 miles north of Denver, CO, and it is the home of approximately 72,750 residents. This town is named after William A.H. Loveland, who was the president of the Colorado Central Railroad. Sugar beets and sour cherries were the agricultural crop that kept this town thriving through the first half of the 20th century.
However, through a series of droughts and seasons of freezing temperatures, this crop industry was destroyed. During the second half of the 20th century, the economy became more diversified with the arrival of such companies as, Hewlett-Packard and Teledyne.
As of the 2000 census, there were more than 50,000 people living in Loveland. At that time, the average household income was approximately, $47,000.
Valentine re-mailing program
Sponsored by the Loveland Post Office and the Loveland Chamber of Commerce, this program has been in effect for generations. People from all around the world send their Valentine’s Day cards to Loveland, CO, in order to be stamped with a special postal cancellation, a cachet and a verse. This program was begun in 1947 by Elmer Ivers and Ted Thompson.
Mr. Ivers, the postmaster at the time, received over 30 Valentine’s Day cards requesting that the envelopes be postmarked from Loveland, for an extra special romantic touch. Both men, along with the Chamber of Commerce, agreed that this would be a great way to advertise the town.
The first message used said, “A Valentine Greeting from Sweetheart Town, Loveland, Colorado”, with an image of a heart pierced with an arrow displayed over the Rocky Mountains. This image and verse was used two times, and then began the tradition of holding a contest, to have a new verse and image each year.
Benson Park Sculpture Garden
Located between Beech and Aspen Streets, this amazing outdoor exhibit was formed in 1985. There are more than 155 permanent sculpture displays throughout the park, and a park guide is available for a nominal price. In addition to being a lovely place for an afternoon stroll, this is also a great location to host a wedding. For more information, please call, 970-663-2940.
The annual event, “Sculpture in the Park” began with 50 local artists, and now has grown to more than 1,200 participants, that display abstract sculptures using a variety of mediums, such as wood, glass, bronze, metal, and stone.
Colorado Cherry Company
This fourth generation, family-owned business is located at, 1024 W. Highway 34 in Loveland, and it is by far the best place to get some delicious cherry cider, as well as pickles, jams, candies, and other great edibles and souvenirs.
Some very notable people came from Loveland, CO, including former U.S. Senator, Wayne Allard; Olympic gold medal winner, Alexi Grewal; author Meredith Hodges; TV and film actor, Kyle Howard; former general manager of the Washington Redskins, Scot McCloughan, and comic, Marilyn Martinez.