National and State Register

Historic Farms and Ranches of Weld County

Weld County, the third largest in Colorado, is one of the original 17 counties in the state.  Comprised of over 4,000 square miles, Weld County is located on the High Plains in the northeast portion of the state.  Greeley is the county seat, major urban area, and home of the University of Northern Colorado. 

Weld County’s economic and social development was agriculturally based.  The historic farms and ranches of the county fall into three categories representing the primary farming methods used on the High Plains during the late 19th and early 20th centuries--irrigated farming, dryland farming, and ranching.  (Cover documentation accepted by National Register in 1991.)