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Lafayette and Mary Miller moved to Colorado in 1863, operating a stage station on the Overland Trail between Denver and Cheyenne at first. They then bought farmland that became this community. Lafayette died in 1878 and Mary and their six children operated the farm. Coal was discovered in 1884; the first shaft was sunk in 1887. In 1888 Mary platted 150 acres of their land to make a town named after her husband. In July of 1888 the first houses were built for the new town, and a second coal mine was in operation. The new post office opened in February of 1889 when there were 400 residents of Lafayette. [1]

Coal mining built the town, and also resulted in strife. There were significant strikes for safer working conditions and better pay – the longest of these took place from 1910 to 1914. The Lafayette miners were on strike in 1927 when the massacre took place at the Columbine mine in Serene, Colorado. [1]


Early Churches

First United Methodist of Lafayette
First United Methodist services have been held without interruption since 1894.
1255 Centaur Village Dr
Lafayette, CO 80026
(303) 665-5165

First Baptist Church
Began in April 1907
200 E. Cleveland St
Lafayette, CO 80026
(303) 665-5496

The Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
Early Lafayette Catholics had to walk four miles to Louisville to attend mass. St. Ida’s was formed in 1907, and was replaced in 1954 by The Immaculate Conception.
715 Cabrini Dr
Lafayette, CO 80026
(303) 665-5103


Lafayette Cemetery established in 1891
111 W. Baseline Road
Lafayette, CO
303 665-5588 ext 3340

Coal Creek Cemetery
1751 Hwy. 42 (Empire Rd.)
Louisville, CO
303 665-5588 ext 3340

Public Library

Lafayette Public Library
775 W Baseline Rd
Lafayette, CO 80026
Phone: (303) 665-5200

Record Loss

The Lafayette business district, the post office, coal stacks, and some residences burned on January 24, 1900. [1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Lafayette Historical Society. Treeless Plain to Thriving City, 1889 - 1989. Dallas, Texas; Curtis Media Corp., 1990. pages vii, 15, 7


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