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Greeley, Colorado Agriculture

June 30th through July 4th 2006: Greeley, Colorado (50-miles north of Denver).

We are in Greeley RV-Park N40° 23.590' W104° 40.311' phone: 970-353-6476. They have gravel interior roads and gravel pull-thru sites with mature shaded trees; 50-amps, water and sewer, $24.00 per-night. We like to stay in PPA (Pass Port America) Campgrounds for their 1/2 price savings but we did not see one near Greeley.

We have chosen Greeley as our place to "lay-low" over the 4th of July when everyone that has an RV in North America decides to use it. We have found that on national holidays if we are not safe and secure in an RV-Park we will find ourselves without a place to stay. We knew Greeley was having a Stampede and thought it would provide some entertainment over the 4th but had no idea how much entertainment.

Agricultural Greeley, Colorado
Agricultural Ggreeley Colorado


As we headed north out of Denver we quickly encountered agriculture on a grand scale. By the time we approach Greeley we are firmly ensconced in agriculture, later at the local history museum we learned they were one of the top 10 agricultural counties in the United States.


Greeley, Colorado Agriculture

agricultural Greeley Colorado








Machinery and Wheat Feild Greeley, Colorado




I think this wheat field was in Ault a small farming community north of Greeley.


Farm Tractor changing fields near Greeley, Colorado

Farm Tractor changing fields near Greeley, Colorado




Away from downtown you are as likely to encounter farm machinery on the road as you are another vehicle.



Wheat Field north of Greeley, Colorado

wheat field Greeley Colorado



At one time Greeley was the number one agriculture producing county in the world then they dropped to number one in the United States and now reside as number seven. According to literature in the history museum they are the only non-citrus producing in the top ten agriculture producing counties in the United States.

Years ago sugar beets was the top crop now the sugar refinery has closed and sugar beet production is on the wane. Beef is what keeps them ranked at number 7. The local Swift slaughter house is supposedly processing 8,700 head of cattle per-day in a 24/7 operation. Wow! That is a lot of beef going through a single slaughter house in one day. There is also a sheep processing plant in town.

The individual that was providing the slaughter house information used to work at the plant and knew a good bit about it. They said all cattle entered the plant via 18-wheeler cattle trailers with 40 head in each. My mind quickly determined that would be 218 truck loads of cattle per-day entering the plant and unloading. That would mean that in a 24-hour day they average unloading 9 semi-truck loads of cattle per-hour every hour of the day and night.

Greeley did not hold much significance for us except that it was the setting for James Michener's epic Centennial from the 1970's which was made into a movie or TV-series in the mid-late 1970's. On one of our earlier trips we listened to Centennial as a book on tape and it was so fascinating. Now we are experiencing some of the places and things that we read about. We even visited the Centennial Village & Museum in Greeley and it was a really good stop.

Grain Elevators north of Greeley, Colorado

Ggrain Elevatgor Greeley Colorado



No matter where you drove you could see the unmistakable evidence of agriculture. Check out our Travel Adventure covering Greeley Grain Elevators.


Here are some of our other Travel Adventures near Greeley:

Ault, Colorado Agriculture ** Greeley Parade in 2009 ** Greeley Stampede Parade 2009 ** Commanche Peak Wilderness **

Fort Collins and the Poudre River ** Poudre Canyon Scenic Drive ** Poudre River Scenic Drive ** Greeley Agriculture **

Greeley Feed Lots ** Greeley Grain Elevators ** Centennial Village ** Longhorn Cattle in Greeley Parade ** Greeley's 2006 Parade

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Until next time remember how good life is.

Mike & Joyce Hendrix

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