Tucked into a picturesque valley below the iconic Flatirons, Boulder hosts thriving tech and natural foods industries, supports a renowned entrepreneurial community, has some of the region's best restaurants, and is home to many federal research labs and a world-class university. Downtown’s pedestrian Pearl Street Mall includes art galleries, cafes, restaurants and boutiques. The University of Colorado Boulder campus is home to the Fiske Planetarium and the Museum of Natural History, with zoology and anthropology exhibits. It has a population of approximately 108,090 people (2016), which includes 30,000 students enrolled at the University of Colorado.
The first settlement in Boulder County was established at Red Rocks, now known as Settler's Park, by gold-seekers on October 17, 1858. One of the settlers, A.A. Brookfield, organized the Boulder City Town Company on February 10, 1859 from which Boulder City sprang to life. Brookfield became the first president of Boulder City and sixty shareholders divided the 1,280 acres along Boulder Creek into 18 lots apiece. The remaining lots 4,044 lots were laid out and put on sale for $1,000 each, a price that was later lowered in order to attract more residents. By November 1871, the town of Boulder was incorporated.
At 5,430 feet above sea level, acres of vast open space roll into Boulder's quaint cityscape, tucked into the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Come explore pine-scented trails, taste the flavors of "America's Foodiest Town," tour 24 craft breweries, stroll historic Pearl Street and soak up this creative community's laid-back lifestyle.
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