History of Firestone
St. Vrain State Park, near present-day Firestone, was originally the location where Fort Junction, a sod fortress, was built. Between 1863 and 1865 Fort Junction was constructed for use during the Colorado War (also known as the Indian War) by the Lower Boulder St. Vrain Valley Home Guard – a volunteer militia organized to protect local settlers from Native American attacks. In 1872 coal was discovered and McKissick Mine was opened, Colorado’s first production coal mine (requiring tunnels, mining equipment, and employees). In 1907, the Denslow Coal and Land Company purchased 160 acres of Thomas McKissick’s land from his widow. They started the Firestone Coal Company, establishing Firestone coal mine. They platted a town next to the mine named Firestone in 1908.
Culture of Firestone
Firestone, CO offers so many can’t-miss things to do. Firestone has a tremendous inventory of existing and planned parks, trails, and open space. In the Firestone Master Plan parks and trials have been identified for the Town's entire potential urban growth boundary. The Firestone parks and trails system map provides specific information on existing and planned parks and trails in the foreseeable future. Beyond the beautiful natural setting, you can spend time attending special events, getting involved in the arts, learning about local history, and dining at independent restaurants. With a weekly Farmer’s Market just south in Frederick, Summer series of Concerts in the park, their spectacular "4th at Firestone" celebration, as well as close proximity to the Foothills to hike and bike and the Denver metro area Firestone is surrounded by fun activities and amenities. Firestone is a dynamic community with multiple recreational and residential facilities, full of a diverse population that continues to respect its heritage.
Location of Firestone
Firestone, Colorado is just 1 miles southeast of Longmont, 22 miles east of Boulder, and 29 miles north of Denver. It has an elevation of 4,970 feet above sea level with a population of 12,917 (2016) and, for those who do not work locally, will find that it is a quick commute to work. Firestone has easy access to Denver, Broomfield, Boulder, Longmont, and Loveland. Frederick is centrally located to all of these metro areas.
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