Lyons, Colorado

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Lyons is a Statutory Town in Boulder County, Colorado, United States. The population was 1,585 at the 2000 census. Lyons is located at the confluence of the North St. Vrain Creek and the South St. Vrain Creek, twenty miles (32 km) east of Rocky Mountain National Park. Due to its location at the intersection of State Highway 7 and U.S. Highway 36 which lead to Rocky Mountain National Park, it is sometimes referred to as The Double Gateway to the Rockies.[1]



Lyons is located at 40°13′26″N 105°16′8″W / 40.22389°N 105.26889°W / 40.22389; -105.26889 (40.223935, -105.269013)[7].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.2 km²), all of it land.


While some Ute families lived in the area on occasion, the area was settled permanenly by farmers and cattle ranchers only in the 1850-1860s. The area's situation, at the confluence of the North and South St. Vrain Creeks and of the mountains and flat plains, offered settlers a protected environment for growing crops.

The town of Lyons, Colorado was founded in 1880 by Edward S. Lyon. He purchased 160 acres (0.6 km2) from H.F. and Isabelle Sawyer, noticing the potential to quarry out the red sandstone, outcroppings of which offered easy quarrying access in the region. Lyon platted the town in 1881; it was incorporated in 1891.[3] No record survives to account for the added "s" at the end of the town's name.

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