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Loma is an unincorporated community and census designated place in Mesa County, Colorado, United States.Loma is located 18.5mi northwest of Grand Junction. The Colorado River flows south of Loma.The name "Loma" is derived from a Spanish word meaning "small hill".HistoryThe area was first inhabited by the Ute people, who had left by 1881.In 1882, the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad completed a narrow gauge railroad through Loma. A standard gauge track was installed in 1890.Homesteaders began arriving in Loma in the late 1880s. Agriculture became a dominant feature in Loma's early economy, enabled by the completion of the Kiefer Extension irrigation canal in 1899. The railway provided easy shipment of crops and livestock to larger cities like Denver and Salt Lake City.The first school was established in the 1890s, and the two-story Loma School was constructed in 1910 from yellow brick, fired on the grounds. The brick school remained in use until 1982, when Loma Elementary School opened.In 1901, the Colorado Sugar Company opened 1000acre of land near Loma to settlers. Sugar beets were a primary crop, and beet production dominated Loma's agriculture until the 1970s, when the Delta Sugar Beet factory closed. Potatoes were also grown by Loma farmers.The Loma post office opened in 1905, and has continued in operation since.Verner Zevola Reed, known as "The Colorado Millionaire"", opened the Golden Hills ranch on 1200acre of land 2mi he purchased north of Loma in 1907. Reed intended on growing apples, and installed an underground irrigation system to water his orchards. In 1911, the Loma Canning and Preserving Company opened a canning factory in Loma to process the anticipated harvests. The endeavor was not a success, and the canning factory closed a few years later without ever reaching its capacity. Reed sold the Golden Hills Ranch in 1923.
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