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Lafayette, located in Boulder County, Colorado, was a hunting ground for the Ute, Arapahoe and Cheyenne people before the arrival of gold seekers in 1863. Unable to find enough of the precious metal, many gold seekers continued towards the Rocky Mountains and California. Others settled down and took to farming and hunting.Mary and Lafayette Miller arrived at the future site of the town in 1871. The following year, Mary Miller platted 150 acres of her land for a new town, to be built around the coal mine and named after her husband Lafayette.By July 1888, the town featured new homes. The prosperous town even featured a power station that met the needs of Boulder, Louisville, Longmont and Fort Collins. The Mary Miller home still stands on Michigan Avenue.With the increasing usage of natural gas, demand for coal decreased, leading to the closure of coal mines in Lafayette. More people settled along the town borders, which led to its growth and more commercial/industrial enterprises.The Wow! Children's Museum is a place for toddlers and school age children. The Miners Museum, operated by the city of Lafayette, is in the Lewis House, an example of housing during mining's heyday. Centennial Peaks Hospital is in Louisville, about five miles away.