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Founded by farmers and pioneers, Severance was born during the United States’ western expansion in the 1800s. The future of the small, peaceful, and friendly town is being shaped by its recent discovery as an ideally located bedroom community for several of Northern Colorado’s bigger cities.
A Perfect Location on Northern Colorado’s High Plains
Severance is 10 miles east of Fort Collins, 10 miles northwest of Greeley, and 20 miles northeast of Loveland. Windsor, another fast-growing town of 30,000+ people, is only 3 miles away to the southwest. Rocky Mountain National Park is just under 50 miles away, and the land around Severance is peppered with fishing-friendly lakes and reservoirs. It’s only 8 miles to either I-25 or Highway 85. On top of all that, Denver is just over an hour away. All in all, Severance’s location makes it a perfect choice for homeowners looking for a small-town feel adjacent to city conveniences and adventure-worthy natural areas.
A Rich History of Agriculture… and Oysters?
Severance, founded in the 1880s by pioneer settler David Severance and incorporated in 1920, began as an agricultural community. Farmers have raised sugar beets in the area for more than 100 years, establishing a domestic sugar source to supplement cane sugar imported from the tropics. The town’s historic post office has been in operation since 1894. Bruce’s Bar and Restaurant, opened in 1957, has brought the town a truly unique place in history: The establishment originated Rocky Mountain Oysters back in 1959 and still serves up the battered, deep-fried delicacy today.
Growing Amenities for a Growing Community
In the early ‘90s, Severance had fewer than 200 residents. Now, the population is estimated to be around 5,500. As Severance has grown, so have the amenities, services, and future plans required to attract and retain the town’s growing population.
In 2019, the brand-new Severance High School joined Severance Middle School and Windsor’s Skyview Elementary School to serve the community’s educational needs. Site plans are in the works for two new shopping venues, Market Place Shopping and Dollar General, and the town’s government is considering proposals from a range of grocery store chains. (Currently, the closest grocery stores are in nearby Windsor.) The community is proud to support a range of local businesses, including our coffee and ice cream shop, brewpub, family restaurant, meadery, salons, day care, bank, auto repair shop, and the venerable Bruce’s Bar and Restaurant. Severance’s five existing parks will soon be supplemented by a new park and recreation center. Plans are well underway to connect Severance’s walking and bike paths to Windsor’s existing trail network. In particular, the Great Western Trail will run for 10 miles along the abandoned rail bed of the Great Western Railway.
Nearby hotels include Windsor’s AmericInn by Wyndham and Fort Collins’ Hilton Garden Inn. The nearest hospital, UCHealth’s Greeley Emergency and Surgery Center, is approximately 10 miles away. Loveland’s Budweiser Event Center hosts hockey, basketball, football, rodeos, concerts, trade shows, stock shows, and other events, like the annual Larimer County Fair.