Forgotten Fort Collins
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

Wolfer's Market - December 1930. (CSU Digital Archive #UHPCS05K204220)
NoCo Holidays

Christmas Shopping in 1930 — Plus a Shoutout to Sponsors

By On December 20, 2016

Back in 1930 there was no online shopping at Christmas time. There was no mall and no chain stores surrounded by massive parking lots. Instead there were homemade gifts, mail-order catalogs like Sears-Roebuck,… Read More

The Pulliam Community Building in Loveland, Colorado.
Architecture & Neighborhoods

The Pulliam Community Building in Loveland

By On December 16, 2016

In 1937, work began on the Loveland Community Building — the result of a public/private partnership between the town of Loveland, the Pulliam family, and the Works Progress Administration. The reinforced concrete building cost $150,000… Read More

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