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Forgotten Fort Collins - a hyperlocal history blog focusing on Fort Collins and Northern Colorado.

Learn About, and Celebrate, the Early Pioneers this September | Sponsor Activities

By On August 19, 2016

There are two upcoming September events that revolve around our homesteading pioneer predecessors. One is a talk that will be given at the first Fort Collins Historical Society meeting of the season that… Read More

The Milner-Schwarz House in Loveland, Colorado.
History on the Road

The Milner-Schwarz House in Loveland

By On August 16, 2016

In 1866, a young woman by the name of Sarah Milner arrived in St. Louis (a small town that predated Loveland) to teach. The rest of her family joined her soon afterwards, moving up from… Read More

Historic Great Western Sugar Company Effluent Flume
Agricultural History

Great Western Sugar Company Slurry Flume

By On August 10, 2016

Fort Collins began as a military camp, but agriculture was the basis of its growth as a city. Alfalfa, wheat, corn and beans have all been common crops for the area, but… Read More

Wayne Sundberg giving a school tour in Old Town, Fort Collins, Colorado.
Fort Collins Notables

Happy Birthday, Wayne Sundberg!

By On August 4, 2016

Today is Wayne Sundberg’s birthday! Wayne Sundberg, AKA Mr. Fort Collins, is well known by many in town as “the” historian for the city. Although there may be others who could claim the title… Read More

Dr. Michael Charney in 1986 (Don Eddy granted Dean Schachterle permission to use this photo on July 27, 2016)
Agricultural College / A&M / CSU

Dr. Michael Charney and the Aftermath of the 1976 Big Thompson Flood

By On July 31, 2016

It was forty years ago today, July 31, 1976, that Northern Colorado’s most devastating flood took place. In this guest post, Dean R. Schachterle looks past the flood to the important recovery work that followed.… Read More

Bee Family Farm near Wellington, Colorado.
Agricultural History

Visit the Site of an Early Homesteading Family & a Forgotten Fort Collins Sponsor

By On July 27, 2016

The Homestead Act of 1862 was a means for the United States government to quickly seed new states, such as Iowa and Kansas, and territories, such as Colorado, with American citizens. It was… Read More

City budget info.
Local News

Weigh in on the City Budget

By On July 26, 2016

The City government sets its budget on a two year cycle. Though most of it is already spoken for, there’s still the cream at the top that can be distributed at the discretion… Read More

Historic Loveland, Colorado. Photo from the Downtown Loveland Historic District plaque on 4th Street.
History on the Road

The Downtown Loveland Historic District

By On July 22, 2016

On July 18th, the City of Loveland held a small ceremony to recognize the new Downtown Loveland Historic District, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in March 2015.… Read More

Northern Water Colorado-Big Thompson Project Northern Water Boundaries and Facilities
Agricultural History

The Colorado – Big Thompson (C-BT) Water Project

By On July 19, 2016

Homesteaders in the Colorado territory quickly learned that water is a precious resource in this semi-arid climate and irrigation would be a necessity in order to consistently grow crops on their newly acquired land.… Read More

The Poudre River
Agricultural History

Poudre River Water in Your Tap

By On July 15, 2016

We take it for granted that when we turn on the tap, we’ll have instant access to clean, clear water. Though we may have a sense that it comes from the Poudre… Read More

Close up view of the crowd around the flagpole.
Agricultural College / A&M / CSU

Victorian Era Photo of Event Around Flag on Campus

By On July 8, 2016

From 1901 to 1965, there was a 104 foot tall flagpole near Spruce Hall at Colorado State University. Of course, when the flagpole was first put up, the school was called the… Read More