Forgotten Fort Collins
The Masonic Temple on Oak Street in Fort Collins, Colorado. (photo by Meg Dunn)
Architecture & Neighborhoods

A Tour of the Masonic Temple in Fort Collins

By On May 24, 2016

On the southeast corner of Oak and Howes Streets stands a grand old building — the Masonic Temple. While the lattice windows and the pocked, cream colored brick are distinctive, it’s the central portico… Read More

Tractors at the Bee Family Centennial Farm
Agricultural History

Help Me Welcome the Bee Family Centennial Farm as a FFC Partner/Sponsor!

By On May 20, 2016

I’m excited to announce that the Bee Family Centennial Farm has come on board as a nonprofit partner with Forgotten Fort Collins! The Bees are one of the oldest farming families in the Fort… Read More

1433 S Overland Trail 2015
Architecture & Neighborhoods

The Paul Maxwell Rock House

By On May 17, 2016

Have you ever traveled down South Overland Trail Road and wondered about the little stone house on the west side of the street that’s peeking out from behind the trees?  Today’s article is all about… Read More

This post card was found on eBay.
Architecture & Neighborhoods

Linden Street… Before the Square Was There

By On May 13, 2016

Summer is almost upon us and one of the things I look forward to most is heading downtown to enjoy the music, art, sculptures, and other entertainment on display in and around… Read More

City of Fort Collins Photo of Downtown Fort Collins taken on July 9, 2008.
Philosophy on History

What makes Fort Collins Fort Collins?

By On May 10, 2016

I was hoping to write today about the City’s “Strategic Outcomes” (which are a key means of determining how money is spent by the City of Fort Collins government) with the goal… Read More

The Milner-Schwarz house is the oldest brick building in Larimer County. I believe it has a new Historic Garden Railroad exhibit that I have yet to see. (Photo from the National Historic Landmark nomination form.)
Historian’s Toolbox

Preservation Commision, Historical Society, Preservation Department… what do they all do?!

By On May 6, 2016

As I talk to people about preservation efforts in Northern Colorado, I often have people mention that such and such a group did this or that. But, as a person somewhat steeped in… Read More

Andrew Armstrong, a pioneer of early Fort Collins, Colorado.
Frontier Faces

Andrew Armstrong – Early Fort Collins Pioneer

By On May 3, 2016

Andrew Armstrong was an early Fort Collins pioneer. As a builder, he had a hand in constructing many residential and commercial buildings. He was active in his church and was an ardent Mason.… Read More

Snapshot of Ranchway Feeds in Fort Collins, CO.
Then and Now

Snapshots of Fort Collins

By On April 22, 2016

Every morning I walk my dogs. Though I have often taken my camera with me and snapped photos of things that I’ve seen along the way, in August of 2013 I started… Read More

The Hottel house on S. College Avenue in the 1960s, before it was razed.
Architecture & Neighborhoods

The Building of the Hottel House

By On April 20, 2016

Benjamin Franklin Hottel moved to Fort Collins in 1877 at the encouragement of friend and business partner, Joseph Mason. He became part owner in the Lindell Mill (Ranchway Feeds). And he quickly settled… Read More

The newly restored Arcadia Hotel in downtown Loveland, Colorado
History on the Road

The Downtown Loveland Historic District

By On April 15, 2016

In 2015, the Downtown Loveland Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places by the National Parks Service. Within a boundary that includes 58 buildings, 45 of them are… Read More

Howard’s Sinclair Service Station in Loveland, Colorado.
Architecture & Neighborhoods

Howard’s Sinclair Service Station in Loveland

By On April 13, 2016

As you drive north on Highway 287 (Lincoln Avenue) through Loveland, you may have noticed a funky gas station on the west side of the road. Built around 1937, the building blends… Read More