Louisville is located on the eastern edge of the Boulder Valley with stunning views of the Flatirons and Indian Peaks. This area is known as the Northern Coalfield, an extensive coalfield in Boulder and Weld counties. In fact, one could say that coal miners built the city of Louisville. In 1877 when the Welch Mine opened in Louisville, local landowner Louis Nawatny platted his land and named the soon-to-be town for himself. The Town of Louisville was incorporated in 1882. The Miners Memorial Statue in front of City Hall symbolizes these early settlers to Louisville.
From 1890 to 1928, the Acme Mine operated directly beneath the original town of Louisville. Worked on two levels, the Acme produced nearly two million tons of coal and was one of 171 coal mines in Boulder County. In all, thirty mines were located in and around Louisville. During the peak years of 1907 and 1909, there were twelve mines in operation. The use of coal declined following World War II, and the last mines near Louisville closed in 1952.
Today a highly educated community, most residents leave for all manner of jobs in every direction. In recent years, manufacturing plants have opened within Louisville, providing employment opportunities right in town. The unique history of Louisville and the rich cultural contributions give the community a character not to be found in the new suburbs.
Historic Downtown Louisville is the heart of the city with 100 year old wooden buildings lining Main and Front Streets. Over 100 businesses including restaurants, pubs, unique retail and professional services grace downtown, as do the Historical Museum and a new 32,500 sq. ft. public library slated to open in July 2006. The four square blocks that comprise Historic Downtown Louisville provide residents, workers, and visitors with a true small town American experience.
A wealth of recreational opportunities abound. The 57,400 sq. ft. Louisville Recreation and Senior Services Center was built in 1990. The Coal Creek Golf Course, designed by top architect Dick Phelps, is one of the finest and most exciting 18-hole Colorado public golf courses. The Louisville Arts and Humanities Council and Louisville Art Association work cooperatively to promote the arts in the area, providing instructional programs, exhibits, displays, demonstrations, entertainment and special events.
Louisville real estate is steeped in character, with buildings and homes that celebrate the town's illustrious past. Louisville homes vary significantly, with both older homes, and modern homes built to reflect the town's heritage.