Sterling was founded in 1872, originally called "Peace." Two brothers later changed the name to Sterling to honor their father, Sterling Rosan.
In the 1890's, Joseph S. Dillon started working at the Sterling General store. He went on to be founder of the Dillon's grocery chain. The first store still exists in Sterling.
Sterling College and the city of Sterling is one of the most scenic and well maintained, or "beautified" if you will, of all the cities I've ever visited.
The school system is second to none, with teachers who care about every child.