Forgotten Fort Collins
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

Painting of the battle at Fort McHenry by Kenneth Townsend.
History on the Road

Fort McHenry – Birthplace of the National Anthem

By On July 5, 2016

O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light, In early June, I had the pleasure of seeing Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland. Although it was an active fort during the Revolutionary… Read More

430 N. Loomis
Then and Now

Then & Now: 430 N. Loomis

By On July 1, 2016

In 1915, a photographer by the name of Lewis Wickes Hine passed through Fort Collins and took several photographs during his stay. He was primarily documenting stories of child labor. (His photographs… Read More

Library of Congress photo taken by Lewis Wickes Hine in 1915 near Fort Collins, Colorado.
Book Reviews

Second Hoeing (A Book Review)

By On June 29, 2016

When Upton Sinclair published his book, The Jungle, in 1906, it sent shock waves across the country. The working conditions of immigrants in the meatpacking industry of Chicago not only injured the… Read More

A house in Old Town.

Tag Pics of your Favorite Historic Places with #FoCoCreate

By On June 27, 2016

At the State of the City address back in February, a hashtag was introduced by City staff and people were encouraged to use it for tagging photos of things that make Fort Collins… Read More

Cultural Character

The Buffalo Soldiers

By On June 21, 2016

On June 18th, the Buffalo Soldiers of the American West came to Soapstone Prairie to lead a horseback ride through the region’s amber waves of grain. But first, Fred Applewhite, the first officer,… Read More