Forgotten Fort Collins
The Fort Collins Downtown Plan.
Architecture & Neighborhoods

Readers Digest Version of the Downtown Plan: Urban Design Edition

By On December 6, 2016

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” ― Benjamin Franklin “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” ―… Read More

Changing Crow (seated) and companion -- both Dakota Indians. (Photo from the Denver Library Archive, X-31827.)
Cultural Character

It’s easier to marginalize people when you don’t know their history.

By On November 29, 2016

A recent “Thumbs Up” in the Coloradoan has shined a light on the fact that some residents are apparently unaware of a significant part of Fort Collins’ history. Two thumbs up to the two persons that… Read More

406 Stover, Fort Collins, Colorado. One of the city's oldest remaining houses.
Architecture & Neighborhoods

Hearsay & Happenstance: The second oldest remaining house in Fort Collins

By On November 23, 2016

The oldest remaining house in Fort Collins is Auntie Stone’s cabin. Even by the early 1900s its significance in the history of the city was recognized. It was called the Pioneer Cabin… Read More

An image of the old Safeway building at 425 S. College in Fort Collins (via Google Streetview).
Renovations & Razes

Then & Now: the Northwest Corner of College & Mulberry

By On November 12, 2016

If you’ve driven through the intersection of College and Mulberry lately, you may have noticed that the parking lot in front of the old Sports Authority building has been fenced in. The… Read More

Rock Jr, Gussie, and Joe
Frontier Faces

Rock Bush – Early Frontiersman

By On November 4, 2016

In 1859 Rock Bush came from Green river, Wyoming, where he had been employed for two years on a ferry, and took up a claim on the north bank of the Cache… Read More

The Poudre Valley Creamery laboratory (AKA the Butterfly building).
Architecture & Neighborhoods

The Poudre Valley Creamery Laboratory has a New Sign

By On October 26, 2016

On Laporte Avenue, right between Mason and Howes, is an oddly shaped little building often affectionately know now-a-days as the Butterfly building because of its unique roofline. This small little structure was once used… Read More

Up the Poudre Canyon, Larimer County, Colorado
Frontier Faces

Norman Fry

By On October 19, 2016

Norman Fry was only 17 when he came over from England to learn ranching from Eustace Dixon and Reginald De Rivas at their ranch in the Poudre canyon. His parents had paid $100… Read More

Bob Webb in the Masonville Trading Post around 1979. This photo is taken from a newspaper clipping in the Fort Collins Archive.
History on the Road

Masonville Mercantile

By On October 13, 2016

In the 1890s, there was a small gold rush up in Buckhorn canyon as a (very small) find of gold ore led to rampant speculation. James R. Mason platted the small town… Read More

Jan Manning at Cheyenne Frontier Days in 2011. Photo by James Brosher Photography.
Events

Trappers/Traders and Agricultural Acres
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By On October 2, 2016

The Fort Collins Historical Society has one more meeting before taking November and December off for the holidays. And the Bee Family Farm Museum will be shutting its doors for the winter… Read More

Purple indicates recently completed projects. Yellow shows projects currently in progress. Orange shows projects that have been proposed.
Renovations & Razes

The Ever Evolving Nature of Downtown

By On September 28, 2016

Close to a year ago I wrote about the changing nature of College Avenue. But that covered an area several miles long, so while some projects were close to each other, the sum… Read More

Street Car Routes in Fort Collins
Renovations & Razes

Say Goodbye to a Bit More of the Original Fort Collins Municipal Railway

By On September 20, 2016

A short stretch of historic street car track was removed last week from N. Howes street. At one point the streetcar lines stretched from one end of the city to the other.… Read More