Loveland’s early history is closely tied to the railway that was extended between Denver and Cheyenne in 1877. In fact, it was named after William Austin Hamilton Loveland, then resident of the Colorado Central Railroad. For almost a century, Loveland was a sweet little town built by farmers growing sugar beets. By the time the industry faded in the 1980s, farmers were replaced by artists, specifically sculptors.
“It has turned out to be one of the great success art stories in the country,” said John Villani, author of “The 100 Best Art Towns in America.”
The Loveland Arts District is situated along the railroad corridor in the heart of downtown Loveland. The district will be themed to celebrate the railway history and the arts, with the intent of attracting artists, galleries and other businesses to the area.