Better late than never! Union Colony Company of Colorado follows through on 1871 Company decision to transfer its real-estate interest in the parks, streets, alleys, and avenues within the original Union Colony city limits to the City of Greeley, Colorado. A proclamation, signing, and ceremony marking this historic transfer of title after 146 years will be held at Lincoln Park on Friday, September 15, 2017, at noon. The public is invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served.
According to Rashan Clark, the City’s Real Estate Manager, “After 146 years, legal ownership of certain lands within the City of Greeley has been resolved following extensive research and discussions with representatives of the Union Colony Company of Colorado. The Union Colony was a joint-stock colonization company founded in Brooklyn, New York on December 23, 1869, by Nathan Cook Meeker. Company representatives selected and purchased land in Weld County, Colorado Territory and subsequently established the town of Greeley in April 1870.”
After months of discussion and deliberation, the Union Colony Company of Colorado, in a historic and magnanimous decision will release and transfer all the parks, streets, alleys and avenues recorded on the original 1871 town plat (map) to the City of Greeley.
The Union Colony’s 1871 corporate minutes of July 5 and July 11 revealed the Company’s desire to transfer and convey its right, title, and interest in all the parks, streets, alleys and avenues lying within Greeley’s city limits at that time, to the town of Greeley. Unfortunately, no formal conveyance document exists in the records maintained by the Weld County Clerk and Recorder. Over the years, people have diligently searched county, municipal, corporate, and museum archives for this elusive document, but to no avail. Some speculated that perhaps the document was prepared but not filed, or filed and inadvertently lost or destroyed.
Clark adds, “For the past 10 years, title examiners have raised questions about whether the City of Greeley or the Union Colony Company of Colorado have ownership in certain lands within the city limits. These and other issues concerning the City’s responsibility and costs for general maintenance, major and minor repairs, and capital improvements to its infrastructure revealed the importance of establishing clear title and ownership for both the City of Greeley and the Union Colony.”
According to Mark Watson, treasurer of the Union Colony Company of Colorado, “Our current corporation was founded in 1890, and known as the Union Colony Pioneer Society. Membership was restricted to Union Colony members who had settled in Greeley in the 1870s, their children, and descendants. Today, others interested in the Union Colony are welcome to join. Our annual meeting is held on or near June 10 to commemorate the diversion of water from the Cache la Poudre River into the first ditch (Union Colony Canal #3) dug by the colonists. The colonists’ yards, gardens, and Lincoln Park were flood irrigated with water from this ditch. Lincoln Park was hailed as “Greeley’s Little Breathing Spot,” and with its grass, large shade trees, and at one point, two lakes, it was a beautiful gathering place for the entire community, and remains so to this day.”
For additional information, contact Rashan Clark at 970-350-9396.