As Loveland’s Top Rated Local® plumbing and HVAC services provider, Bears Family Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling is your go-to plumber for Loveland, Denver, Fort Collins, and pretty much everywhere in between along the Northern Colorado Front Range!  Offering products from high-quality brands like Amana, Moen, and Navien is where we start — and providing world-class service is where every job ends! With over 15 years of experience in cooling, heating, and plumbing repairs, we work with a spirit of excellence in all that we do. From our humble beginnings until today, a hallmark of our Loveland plumbing company is to make sure that each and every customer we service feels like they are our most important customer.

We work tirelessly to blend value with quality, as we believe our Loveland neighbors deserve top quality without having to break the proverbial piggy bank in order to get it! So whether you are in need of HVAC repair service, need a broken toilet fixed, or you need your bathroom or kitchen remodeled, we’ve got you covered here at Bears Family PHC!

We Love Loveland

Pretty much everyone who lives in Loveland loves the fact that they live in Loveland. Does that previous sentence qualify as a “tongue-twister?” We aren’t sure, but we are fairly certain that it qualifies as a fact.

What’s not to love? We’ve got four seasons, over 300 days of sunshine every year, world-class skiing and snowboarding, unbelievable hiking, and some pretty nice people as well. Sure, there has been an influx of “transplants” of late. But keep in mind that at one point or another, every one of us could be considered in the same way. Though we have to admit, as Loveland plumbers and HVAC specialists who are on the road for a good chunk of most days, traffic has gotten a little bit bonkers lately!

Loveland’s Beginnings

Loveland, Fort Collins, and the surrounding area weren’t always this way, however. Today’s post is dedicated to Loveland, in fact, with specific regard to its history. We are proud of our hometown and its history, and we think that everyone who lives here should read up a little bit on our city’s beginnings. It’s not too long of a tale to tell, so read on if you are interested in getting an impromptu history lesson from your local plumber!


Loveland wasn’t always referred to as “Loveland,” interestingly enough. The very first European settlers referred to the area as “Miraville.” Mariano Modena, perhaps the most well-known early settler of the region, was a trapper who was so enchanted by the region that he decided to settle down and call the region home around 1858. Avid golfers of Loveland are probably familiar with Mariana Butte Golf Course, but you may not have known that the butte is named after Mariano Modena himself. The original settlements of the region between the Devil’s Backbone, Mariana Butte — along the Big Thompson River — is where the storied Fort Namaqua was built. This structure served as a refuge for travelers on the Overland Stage Line. Years later, Fort Namaqua became the site for the region’s first post office. Medina’s health took a turn for the worse around 1878. By that time, Fort Namaqua had already become obsolete, as new developments for a flour mill and railroad lines were on the horizon.

Before we turn the page on the early beginnings of pre-Loveland, some of our readers might find it interesting to learn that the Medina family and their friends have been honored with a historical landmark in the form of a cemetery. Their tribute can still be found to this day, though the location isn’t exactly where Fort Namaqua was located, which was up against the Big Thompson River close to present-day Namaqua Park. Instead, the landmark can be found at the Northwest corner of the intersection of First Street and Namaqua Road, quite close to Mariana Butte and Boedecker Reservoir. There you will find their graves along with a brief history lesson that mirrors the information found in this blog post!

Loveland And Barnes, Barnes And Loveland

Move over Fort Namaqua, here comes St. Louis. There was a local flour mill that had “St. Louis” printed over equipment and merchandise as a marketing campaign. The flour mill became successful, and with that success came a prosperous community. As more people moved to what is now downtown Loveland, the settlement was in the running to be considered for county seat. Our neighbors to the north, in Fort Collins, ended up winning that honor, despite the fact that the original purpose of Fort Collins was to serve as a military camp designated to protect the Overland Stage Line.

Around 1873, while Fort Namaqua was still in use, a man by the name of David Barnes and his family packed up their possessions in Golden, CO, and moved about 50 miles north to what was then known as the St. Louis area. Barnes had been tipped off by an old friend, William H. Loveland, who happened to be the president of the Colorado Central railroad.

Here’s what Loveland clued Barnes in on: A new railroad line was scheduled to be installed between Denver, Fort Collins, and Cheyenne, Wyoming. Barnes decided to pre-emptively move to the area, so in the meantime he became a wheat farmer, not-so-coincidentally procuring property that would eventually be apart of where the railroad would be. Barnes donated some of his 80-acre farm so that the railroad construction could pass through. Fast forward just a few years later, and the city’s center of commerce had moved from the St. Louis area to nearby the railroad, which was about a mile west. In 1881, Barnes helped persuade the public to vote for incorporation. The town would eventually be named “Loveland,” rather than “Barnesville.” It’s been well over 100 years since that vote took place, but we certainly prefer the former name over the latter here at Bears Family PHC.

Barnes was affectionately referred to as “Uncle Dave” until he passed away all too soon in 1886. Interestingly enough, you can still view his home in Loveland, where it can be found on Earnest Place.

The 20th Century At A Glance

We’ll leave you today with a couple of facts about Loveland in the 1900s. Notably, Loveland saw the founding of the Reporter-Herald newspaper, which was originally called simply, “The Reporter.” What’s more, Loveland had grown from just 250 residents in 1882 to just under 1000 by the time 1885 rolled around. For reference, Loveland’s current population is around 77,000.  

We hope you’ve enjoyed this brief look into the history of Loveland. We love where we live here at Bears Family PHC, and we’d love to be your Loveland plumber of choice. Call us today for emergency plumbing services, HVAC repair, or anything else you might need!