In 1863, the Front Range of Colorado was a wild and wooly place. The gold rush attracted more adventuresome fortune seekers who were followed by other settlers. The honeymoon of Lafayette and Mary E. Miller was spent crossing the plains and they arrived in the Lafayette area in 1871.
Lafayette Miller’s sudden death in 1878 left Mary Miller with six small children to raise. She did this and more…she raised a town.
In 1884 coal was discovered on the Miller ranch and the Cannon Mine proved to be the richest vein of coal in the entire Boulder Valley. In 1888 Mary Miller platted a 158 acre site and named the site after her late husband. Within six months, there were two general stores, a livery stable and several boarding houses. In 1900, Mrs. Miller founded the Lafayette Bank and as elected President, distinguishing her as the only female bank president in the world!
Until 1956, coal mining was the main economic generator but agriculture soon became dominant when coal was replaced by natural gas.
Rapid growth in the Denver and Boulder brought Lafayette substantial residential growth and as the town grew, the farming-based economy shifted again to commercial enterprises and small industrial and manufacturing concerns.
Today, Lafayette is a full-service community of 28,000 with superb educational facilities, recreational amenities, health care, community services and a thriving business community.