Colorado’s Loveland Pass is Not in Loveland, Why is it Named That?
Love is a beautiful idea. So why not have a land of it? We do. We have the city of Loveland just 50 miles north of Denver. That's not all, Colorado also has Loveland Pass just 60 miles west of Denver. Did you catch that? One is north and one is west. They are not that close to each other considering they share a name. Confusing for sure.
Let's go back to the beginning. There was a guy named William A.H. Loveland who was the president of the Colorado Central Railroad. This is the part where you start to catch on and question the city of Loveland being named after something romantic, right?
Wikipedia says William A.H. Loveland was "a principal figure in the early history of Colorado" and that "for much of the 1870s Loveland waged a fierce struggle with Union Pacific investors for control of the Colorado Central. He also served as Lieutenant Governor of Colorado."
This man certainly had a big role in early Colorado. His list of impacts includes the mayor of Golden, philanthropist, owner of the Rocky Mountain News, co-creator of Lakewood, and helping to establish the Colorado School of Mines.
The City of Loveland was named in honor of him. It was founded after the railroad company he spearheaded was able to construct its own direct line from Golden to Cheyenne, going through Larimer County in 1877.
Loveland Pass (the highest mountain pass in Colorado) was also named after William A.H. Loveland because he "held a railroad charter and was an advocate for a wagon road between Denver and Leadville. In 1869, he opened this section of wagon road now known as Loveland Pass."