World-famous art, down-home hospitality | TheFencePost.com
YOUR AD HERE »

World-famous art, down-home hospitality

Kitty Michelotti-Glaser
Fence Post Staff Reporter

You may have seen the car commercial on television. The one where they ask what might happen if you took a trip and only made left hand turns. The very first left turn the car makes in that commercial is into a local zoo here in northern Colorado. This isn’t a zoo with lions and tigers and bears (oh my). No, it’s a zoo with love birds of a feather skating through life together, dino cruisers, and Taneosauruses! It’s a zoo unlike any other in the world, and you’ve probably driven past it every day.

The Swetsville Zoo has been attracting visitors who venture east of Interstate 25 on Harmony Road (County Road 74) for over 20 years. Prior to being the collection of handmade creations, the property was a dairy farm for 38 years, owned by the Swets family.

Bill Swets is the mastermind behind the metal creations that grace the property. It all began with a bird sculpture he saw. The bird’s body was a shovel and the rest was made from bicycle parts. “I can make that,” he thought to himself. So he went home and he did. As more ideas came to Bill, he would build more sculptures. At first Bill used the metal parts and pieces that a farm collects over the years. But as he used those up, he began turning to metal shops, garage sales and junkyards to find the perfect pieces for his creations.

Bill would place his creations in his yard, and people would stop to look at them. Thus the Swetsville Zoo was created. The self-guided tour takes lucky visitors through over 160 different sculptures, all with their own names and stories.

You may have seen the car commercial on television. The one where they ask what might happen if you took a trip and only made left hand turns. The very first left turn the car makes in that commercial is into a local zoo here in northern Colorado. This isn’t a zoo with lions and tigers and bears (oh my). No, it’s a zoo with love birds of a feather skating through life together, dino cruisers, and Taneosauruses! It’s a zoo unlike any other in the world, and you’ve probably driven past it every day.

The Swetsville Zoo has been attracting visitors who venture east of Interstate 25 on Harmony Road (County Road 74) for over 20 years. Prior to being the collection of handmade creations, the property was a dairy farm for 38 years, owned by the Swets family.

Bill Swets is the mastermind behind the metal creations that grace the property. It all began with a bird sculpture he saw. The bird’s body was a shovel and the rest was made from bicycle parts. “I can make that,” he thought to himself. So he went home and he did. As more ideas came to Bill, he would build more sculptures. At first Bill used the metal parts and pieces that a farm collects over the years. But as he used those up, he began turning to metal shops, garage sales and junkyards to find the perfect pieces for his creations.

Bill would place his creations in his yard, and people would stop to look at them. Thus the Swetsville Zoo was created. The self-guided tour takes lucky visitors through over 160 different sculptures, all with their own names and stories.


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User