I’d like to share a bit of information with you about Windsor, Colorado, a ‘sleepy little front range jewel’, and our home since we moved from Ft. Collins in 1998. Here are a few reasons why we chose to live and raise our family in this community.
There are many amenities in Windsor that you would expect in a city of 50,000 – 100,000 – several world class golf courses, senior living facilities, an extensive bicycle/hiking trail system along The Poudre River, excellent playgrounds, parks and recreation facilities, an excellent school system that averages less than 20 students per teacher in a classroom, are but a few reasons we live here.
Windsor, Colorado, a town of approximately 19,000, sits ‘in the middle of’ Ft. Collins, Loveland, and Greeley, the largest cities in Northern Colorado. This central location, and the close proximity to Interstate 25, are two reasons for rapid urban growth during the last two decades, particularly on the western edge of town. The incorporated town limits west of Interstate 25 are now contiguous with Loveland, and are separated from southeast Fort Collins by the Fossil Creek Open Space public lands of Larimer County.
Here Is a Brief History of Windsor
Windsor was originally an agriculture community – wheat and sugar beets were King! The Great Western Sugar Company fueled Windsor’s economy from the early 1900’s through the mid-1960’s, when the factory closed. Eastman Kodak built a manufacturing plant after the beet factory closed. When Kodak opened, economic development in the town thrived, and with it, the population surged as well. Later in the 1980s Metal Container Corporation (MCC) opened a can factory and Deline Box Company opened a factory, which closed in December 2010, that served the Budweiser facility in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Since 2000, there has been significant industrial development on the southeast side of town. Vestas has a wind turbine factory, and several related companies, Hexcel and Ice Energy have headquarters in Windsor. Owens, Illinois has a glass factory that primarily serves the Budweiser facility in Fort Collins, Colorado.
It’s easy to see why Windsor is ranked No. 1 in a study of the “Best Cities to Live in Colorado.” The town’s low crime rate, ideal location and nearby amenities helped it beat out other favorable locations in the state.
Here are a few videos I had my husband Tom create of some of our favorite things to do in Windsor.
If you are interested in learning more about, or moving to Northern Colorado, feel free to contact Rose Merkey at 970-219-4859 for more information. Rose is an excellent, Real Estate leader in the Northern Colorado Region. She has been buying, selling, and building homes in Northern Colorado since 1983.