History of Lake Neccudah

Lake Neccudah, Colorado

Lake Neccudah Station

In the early to mid 1800’s the area around Lake Neccudah was the winter home to the Arapaho and Comanche Indian Tribes.  Lake Neccudah takes its name from a loosely translated Indian phrase meaning “where the mountains meet the plains.”

Originally part of the Nebraska Territory, Lake Neccudah was founded on July 29, 1859 to support miners who worked the Colorado gold rush from 1858-1861.  Many of the miners came from poor Irish communities that were devastated by the potato famines of the 1840’s and 50’s.  Along with these immigrants came a rough and tumble lifestyle which gave Lake Neccudah a reputation as a wide open, no holds barred community.

The town was officially incorporated in 1869, ten years after being founded.  In late 1873 5 local merchants pooled their resources and founded the Lake Neccudah Rail Road Company to serve the area’s growing agricultural businesses as well as to provide a rail outlet for the existing mining interests.  In 1876 Colorado was granted statehood and the state as well as Lake Neccudah continued to grow.  Mining gold, silver, and coal continued to be an important part of the local economy until the mid 1900’s.  However, throughout the period of 1906 to 1920, numerous miners’ strikes and the depletion of mineral resources eventually forced the local economy to rely increasingly on its agricultural base.

Throughout the last half of the century Lake Neccudah grew at a steady pace. Its rich heritage and conservative lifestyle have attracted many like minded families to the area.  The economy of the area continues to be dominated by all things grown.  Several horticultural research companies have moved to the area, and with them have come a steady influx of high tech engineering firms.  A business-friendly local government and a skilled labor force have also contributed to a growing industrial base.  Today, Lake Neccudah’s residents and businesses work hand in hand to create a positive atmosphere in which to live and work.  Welcome…