Situated midway between Fort Collins and Denver, both less than an hour away, and with spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains, it's no surprise Firestone has experienced one of the fastest growth rates in the state over the last decade.

The town of Firestone was established in 1908. According to the Green Light on the Tipple, a book by Eleanor H. Ayer that highlights the history of the area, Firestone can claim perhaps more firsts than many of its neighbors. It had the first saloon, first post office and the first lumber store in the area.

Money Magazine recently listed Firestone as one of America's "Best Places to Live," and the sleepy community has also gained recognition for its fabulous network of park and recreation areas. Firestone's more than 10,000 residents have access to 18 parks and 5 miles of trails, which connect to the St. Vrain Legacy Trail. The city is also home to in St. Vrain State Park, where there's excellent fishing, camping and hiking.

A few miles to the south, I-25 connects with the E-470 Beltway, providing direct access to the Denver International Airport. Even with the growing commerce and transportation, life still moves a little bit slower here. Stop by and have a soda at the local store — there's no hurry in Firestone.

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