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Eaton—incorporated in 1892—is located just a few miles north of Greeley. It’s named after Benjamin Eaton, a pioneer of irrigation who played a leading role in transforming the arid prairie into a thriving agricultural region with water brought from the nearby Rocky Mountains. Eaton went on to become governor and irrigations systems he designed are still in use today.
The town maintains its small-town feel and is a community with a mix of historic, appealing single-family dwellings and elegant newer homes. Though many people in Eaton commute to the larger Northern Colorado communities such as Greeley, Loveland, Windsor and Fort Collins, it maintains the genial atmosphere found in small towns.
Population: 4,525 (2012 estimate) Its population has almost doubled in the past 20 years
Climate: Over 300 days of sunshine per year.
Geography: 7 miles north of Greeley; 22 miles east of Fort Collins; 60 miles north of Denver. Located on U.S. Highway 85 on the western edge of the great plains.
The Town of Eaton maintains eight public parks covering approximately 40 acres and there are also private golf courses. Eaton’s close proximity to larger communities (Greeley is 10 minutes away and Fort Collins is reached in under 30 minutes) provides near limitless recreation options including tennis, golf, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, rugby, baseball and bike trails. The Rocky Mountains are less than an hour away, so nature lovers will have no trouble escaping to the wilderness. The Wild and Scenic Poudre River is well known for its rafting and kayaking. Or grab a inner tube from a tractor and float down the lower Poudre!
Eaton has elementary, middle and high schools for its young residents. Higher education options are ample in Northern Colorado, and include the University of Northern Colorado, Aims Community College (both in Greeley) and Colorado State University and Front Range Community College (in Fort Collins).
Banner Health Clinic in Eaton provides care for the community and includes two board-certified family physicians and a family nurse practitioner. It is affiliated with North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley. University of Colorado Health has hospitals in Fort Collins, Loveland and Children’s Hospital in Denver. Quality specialists in virtually all areas are available within a short drive.
Agriculture still plays an important economic role, including employment provided by Agland, Harsh International and Northern Feed and Bean in Lucerne. As a bedroom community to Greeley and Windsor, Eaton also depends upon the economies of those larger cities. The major employers of Greeley include JBS USA, the University of Northern Colorado, State Farm Insurance, Startek, Anadarko, Noble Energy, United Agri Products (UAP), Leprino Foods and the North Colorado Medical Center. Major employers in Windsor are Tenneco Packaging, Metal Container (subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch) and Vestas.