Forgotten Fort Collins
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.

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

Scrapbook pages reminiscing about memories made at Pinehurst.
Frontier Faces

Pinehurst – a historic mountain getaway

By On September 15, 2016

In 1885, John D. Cooper (also known as Jack), built a cottage for himself — and a bridge over the Poudre river to reach it — at the entrance to Sheep gulch.… Read More


Building Pioneer Style – Pioneer Living Day 2016
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By On September 8, 2016

The Bee Family Farm is hosting its annual Pioneer Living Day celebration on September 24th from 10am – 3pm. In addition to being able to tour the museum’s history displays and visit… Read More

The Avery House and Birney Car 21.

The 2016 Fort Collins Historic Homes Tour Is Almost Here!
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By On September 4, 2016

The 2016 Historic Homes Tour is right around the corner! On September 10th, from 10am – 4pm, seven historic homes, plus the Fort Collins Water Works, will be open for public viewing. Tickets are… Read More


New Look, New Adventures!

By On September 1, 2016

Well, Shazam! Forgotten Fort Collins has a whole new look today. In fact, the whole network has gotten an update. In addition to new logos, several new writers are coming on board. So… Read More

With any story there's always some odds and ends that are interesting but tangential.
Frontier Faces

Odds and Ends on the Masons of Masonville

By On August 29, 2016

When researching a story, I often come across little details that I find interesting, but that don’t make it into the final article either because they’re tangential or there’s just not enough… Read More

James and Mary Mason, the founders of Masonville, Colorado.
Agricultural History

The Masons of Masonville

By On August 27, 2016

James Robinson Mason was an early pioneer in northern Colorado. He settled along Buckhorn Creek where he raised cattle, was an active Democrat, and held a position on the school board. He… Read More