Forgotten Fort Collins
The FoCo Cafe is located in the old Continental Oil building on Maple Street in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Architecture & Neighborhoods

The Continental Oil Company Property – 225 Maple Street

By On April 20, 2017

If you’ve ever eaten at the FoCo Cafe, then you’ve been inside of the old local office/warehouse building of the Continental Oil Company. This unassuming building is not only home to one of… Read More

Easter Hatch image from the April 2, 1920 Loveland Reporter.
NoCo Holidays

Easter Advertisements

By On April 15, 2017

Happy Easter! I love flipping back through old newspapers and looking at the advertisements. Holiday ads often feel both familiar and somewhat foreign at the same time. Note the text at left… Read More

Spring on the Farm - May 6th at the Bee Family Centennial Farm Museum between Wellington and Anhauser Busch in Northern Colorado.

Baby Animals, the Origins of Fort Collins, and the Results of Recent Time Travel
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By On April 3, 2017

Baby Animals at the Bee Family Farm – May 6th Spring on the Farm is a new family-friendly event being hosted by the Bee Family Centennial Farm Museum on May 6th from 10 am… Read More

The Time Travelers Ball - 2017. A fundraiser for the Poudre Landmarks Foundation supporting education and outreach about the Avery House and Fort Collins Water Works.

The Time Travelers Ball
April 1st at the Rio | Sponsored

By On March 24, 2017

The Poudre Landmarks Foundation (caretakers for the Avery House and Water Works) are hosting their third Time Travelers Ball on April 1st in the Agave Room (over the Rio). There’ll be lots to… Read More

Washington's music venue at 132 Laporte Avenue in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Architecture & Neighborhoods

The All New Washington’s

By On March 19, 2017

In 1903, William Dunham built a substantial stone warehouse on the back half of three lots along Laporte Avenue. In 1910-11, Myron H. Akin (Fort Collins’ mayor at the time) added a… Read More

Undated photo from the Fort Collins Preservation Department files.
Architecture & Neighborhoods

The Akin Building Becomes Washington’s Sports Bar & Grill

By On March 11, 2017

In 1903, a stone warehouse was constructed behind a small, 1-story office building on Laporte Avenue between Mason and College. Nine years later, the little office building was hauled away and a new,… Read More

The Myron H. Akin Building on Laporte Avenue. (Photo from from the City of Fort Collins Planning Department as found in a historical survey completed by Jason Marmor.)
Architecture & Neighborhoods

The Akin Building – 132 Laporte Ave.

By On February 28, 2017

For 67 years, the Myron H. Akin building was an integral part of the fabric of Fort Collins. It sat prominently right up against the property line, an imposing presence along Laporte Avenue.… Read More

Abraham Lincoln Henson (Fort Collins) made some improvements to heavier-than-air type flying machines which received a patent in 1914.
Agricultural History

A Brief History of Innovation in Northern Colorado

By On February 26, 2017

Necessity is the mother of invention. As the early pioneers crossed the Plains and settled along the frontier in the 1800s, they were often faced with situations either entirely different from what they… Read More

Outhouse on N. Wood Street - Forgotten Fort Collins
Historian’s Toolbox

A Study in Archives and Outhouses

By On February 1, 2017

I probably receive at least a request a week for information. Sometimes people want to know more about a topic that I’ve written an article on. Other times they’re asking if I know… Read More

Victorian era house in Old Town, Fort Collins.
Historic Preservation

I’m a Christian and I value historic preservation. Here’s why.

By On January 16, 2017

In the beginning, God made a place. He put people in that place and told them to care for it. And when they consumed a part of the place that shouldn’t have… Read More

Car buried in snow during the blizzard of January 2-5, 1949. Photo from Wyoming PBS.
Agricultural History

The Blizzard of 1949, the Earliest Peoples in NoCo, and a Shoutout to our Sponsors

By On January 6, 2017

One of the most horrible blizzards on the western plains rolled in on January 2, 1949. Temperatures had climbed into the 70s on New Years Day in some areas. But the very next day it took only… Read More