Timnath, Colorado

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Town of Timnath, Colorado
Town
"Old Town Timnath" in 2005. Structures, from left to right (north to south) are the town hall, fire station, and an empty storefront.
"Old Town Timnath" in 2005. Structures, from left to right (north to south) are the town hall, fire station, and an empty storefront.
Location of Timnath shown within Colorado
Location of Timnath shown within Colorado
Coordinates: 40°31′47″N 104°58′54″W / 40.52972°N 104.98167°W / 40.52972; -104.98167Coordinates: 40°31′47″N 104°58′54″W / 40.52972°N 104.98167°W / 40.52972; -104.98167
Country  United States
State  Colorado
County[1] Larimer County
Settled 1869
Established 1882
Incorporated July 6, 1920[2]
Named for Biblical city of Timnath
Government
 • Type Statutory Town[1]
 • Mayor Donna Benson
Area
 • Total 0.2 sq mi (0.6 km2)
 • Land 0.2 sq mi (0.6 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)  0.0%
Elevation[3] 4,867 ft (1,483 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 223
 • Density 960.2/sq mi (374.4/km2)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code[4] 80547 (PO Box)
Area code(s) 970
FIPS code 08-77510
GNIS feature ID 0180510
Website Town of Timnath

The Town of Timnath is a Statutory Town located in Larimer County, Colorado, United States. Founded in 1882, Timnath is a small agricultural/farming community located southeast of Fort Collins, Colorado, approximately one-half mile east of the Harmony Road/Interstate 25 interchange, on a small bluff east of the Cache la Poudre River. The surrounding farmlands have been used primarily for potatoes, alfalfa, sugar beets, and cattle. Although the town has remained virtually unchanged in recent decades, the encroaching growth of both Fort Collins to the west and Windsor to the south have placed the town in an area considered favorable to development. The population was 223 at the 2000 census.

Description[edit]

Other structures lining Main Street (a section of County Road 5) include an elementary school (in the Poudre School District), a one-story modern post-office, and several other historic buildings. Most residences are single-family homes.

History[edit]

Timnath Presbyterian Church, a congregation of the Presbyterian Church (USA).
The 1900 school building, now a secondary building to Timnath Elementary School.

The area was first homesteaded by white settlers in 1869. The first schoolhouse was constructed that year, approximately one-half mile west of the current town, and was named "Fairview". By 1880, the community had outgrown the schoolhouse, and new "Fairview" school was built just north of the current town. The school also served as an early meeting place for the Presbyterian Church. The turning point in the early history of the community was in 1882, with the arrival of the Greeley, Salt Lake and Pacific Railroad (controlled by the Union Pacific) linking Greeley and Fort Collins. The following year, the Presbyterian Church, petitioned by local residents, sent a missionary to found a congregation. The current structure along Main Street dates from that year.

A post office was established in 1884, headed by Reverend Charles A. Taylor, the local Presbyterian minister. When the post office was formed, Taylor bestowed the current name of the town from the 14th chapter of the Book of Judges, as the place where Samson went to obtain a Philistine wife. In 1900 the second school became outdated and a new one was built, dropping the name "Fairview" permanently. This structure currently stands as an out-building to the current elementary school. A larger school was built in 1918 (which burned in 1935 and was rebuilt the following year). The school district was consolidated with that of Fort Collins in 1960.

During WWII Japan experimented with "Balloon Bombs" that floated across the pacific to the U.S. One of these bombs dropped and exploded near Timnath, Colorado making it the only continental U.S. town to bombed by a foreign country.

Geography[edit]

Timnath is located at 40°31'47" North, 104°58'54" West (40.529718, -104.981654).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, as of the 2000 census, the town has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2), of which, 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) of it is land and none of it is covered by water.

The historical downtown lies along County Road Five, which runs north-south parallel to Interstate 25 half a mile to the east (Existing Land Use Map). Since the 2000 census, the town of Timnath has annexed several square miles of land to the east and southeast; the town Future Land Use Plan anticipates commercial development along the east-west corridor of County Road 38 (Harmony Road). The majority of the six mile (north-south) by three mile (east-west) block of land that lies within Timnath's growth management area is low-density residential or agricultural, and is designated to remain so, with open space and parkland filling the remainder of the area, particularly near the Poudre River and Timnath Reservoir.

Government[edit]

The Timnath Town Hall

Timnath is a Home Rule Town, governed by a Town Council, which consists of five elected officials - one Mayor and four Council Members, all positions are elected "at large," meaning that candidates come from all areas of the town. Elected officials serve 4 year terms.

Council meetings are open, public meetings where the Council makes town decisions and creates local laws and policies. The Council holds regular meetings on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are held at Town Hall at 4100 Main Street. The Council holds work sessions on the second Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. Unless otherwise noted, these meetings are also held at Town Hall.

The Town Council appoints the Town Manager who is responsible for the administration and daily operations of the Town.

Police services are provided by the Larimer County Sheriff's Department. Fire protection is provided by volunteer firefighters operating out of a fire station that is supported by the Poudre Fire Authority.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 169
1940 147 −13.0%
1950 177 20.4%
1960 150 −15.3%
1970 177 18.0%
1980 185 4.5%
1990 190 2.7%
2000 223 17.4%
2010 625 180.3%
Est. 2012 1,157 85.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 223 people, 88 households, and 62 families residing in the town. The population density was 960.2 people per square mile (374.4/km²). There were 91 housing units at an average density of 391.8 per square mile (152.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 91.93% White, 0.00% African American, 3.14% Native American, 0.00% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.45% from other races, and 4.48% from two or more races. 8.07% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 88 households out of which 34.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.8% were married couples living together, 5.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.5% were non-families. 22.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the town the population was spread out with 30.5% under the age of 18, 0.9% from 18 to 24, 35.9% from 25 to 44, 25.6% from 45 to 64, and 7.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 95.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.7 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $51,250, and the median income for a family was $55,000. Males had a median income of $41,250 versus $29,375 for females. The per capita income for the town was $27,089. 10.5% of the population and 7.7% of families were below the poverty line. 11.6% of those under the age of 18 and 0.0% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.

Notable people from Timnath[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Active Colorado Municipalities". State of Colorado, Department of Local Affairs. Archived from the original on 2010-11-22. Retrieved 2007-09-01. 
  2. ^ "Colorado Municipal Incorporations". State of Colorado, Department of Personnel & Administration, Colorado State Archives. 2004-12-01. Archived from the original on 2010-11-22. Retrieved 2007-09-02. 
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ "ZIP Code Lookup" (JavaScript/HTML). United States Postal Service. Archived from the original on 2010-11-22. Retrieved 2008-01-06. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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