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The Jane and James Ross proving up house as it looked in 2005 when it stood on a temporary location near Timberline Road. (Photo from the Fort Collins Historical Preservation Department.)
Agricultural History

The James Ross Proving-Up House

By On May 13, 2017

In 1887, a young Scottish fellow by the name of James Ross got the opportunity to travel to America. He had been asked to care for a shipment of Percheron horses 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

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

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

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

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

The front of a "Colorado and Asthma" pamphlet.
Frontier Faces

A Healthy Place to Live

By On June 5, 2016

People move to Fort Collins for all sorts of reasons. But back in the 1800s, it was very common for people to travel west for their health. Asthmatics, consumptives, and others were… 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

The Jesse Harris spring at the Colorado Agricultural College. (photo from the CSU Archive #UHPC_584)
Agricultural College / A&M / CSU

The Jesse Harris Spring at CSU

By On April 1, 2016

While digging through photos at the CSU Archive for the article on Margaret House, I came across this shot of the Jesse Harris spring. (I’ve modified it slightly by zooming in on the… Read More

The gravesite of Josie, Harkless, and Hattie Hicks at Grandview Cemetery.
Frontier Faces

Finding Hattie Hicks at Grandview Cemetery

By On January 23, 2016

On Tuesday I shared the few details I have been able to glean on the lives of Harkless Hicks, his first wife Hattie, and his second wife, Josie. On Thursday I wanted… Read More