Lafayette Real Estate Information
In the north-central mountainous region of the state, Lafayette, Colorado, is a mid-sized city in Boulder County. Today the town's population is around 25,000, as of 2005 estimates, and growing. It was founded in 1888 by Mary Miller, who named the city after her late husband, Lafayette Miller, and was a mining town during the coal boom of the early 20th century.
The Cannon and Simpson mines were the largest and most productive in Lafayette. One of the city's largest mines closed in 1956, and the town's industry was led back to a more agricultural focus. With the growth that has been seen in nearby metropolitan areas, like Boulder and Denver, Lafayette too has grown as residents choose to move further outside of the cities and commute in. This growth has also refocused Lafayette's economy, giving it more commercial, industrial and manufacturing jobs.
Lafayette is part of the Boulder Valley School District. The institutions operating here include the flagship high school, Centaurus High School, with about 1,000 students, Angevine Middle School and four elementary schools. Also here are the recently established K-12 Peak to Peak Charter School; a K-12 college-preparatory school, Alexander Dawson School; and a bilingual school where instruction is split between both English and Spanish.
A variety of festivals and events are celebrated in Lafayette each year, including the annual Oatmeal Festival, thrown in cooperation with the Quaker Oats Company, a Peach Festival, a Wine Festival and Lafayette Days. Indian Peaks Golf Course is a Hale Irwin-designed course where residents and visitors can enjoy the sunny Colorado day. The town's recreational center offers a swimming pool, workout area and racquetball courts. Arts institutions and organizations that sponsor cultural, musical and artistic events throughout the year include the Lafayette Art Center, Lafayette Cultural Arts Commission and the Lafayette Public Art Committee. The Theater Company of Lafayette and Lafayette Pro Musica conduct performances and shows for the public.