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In search of the Day or Paine family

By On July 30, 2017

I’ve recently been given some photos that were all taken around the 1920s and 30s. There are a few last names mentioned on the photos including Day, Paine, Wolfe, Massey, Stafford and… Read More

Outhouse on N. Wood Street - Forgotten Fort Collins
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A Study in Archives and Outhouses

By On February 1, 2017

I probably receive at least a request a week for information. Sometimes people want to know more about a topic that I’ve written an article on. Other times they’re asking if I know… 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.)
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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

"Western Sunday School"
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#MailbagMonday – Collected postcards of northern Colorado

By On February 2, 2016

On Mondays, as often as possible, I post a photo of an old postcard from somewhere around northern Colorado. If you follow Forgotten Fort Collins on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+, you’ve probably… 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

Charles Tresner's EMF car is shown in the foreground with Laurel Elementary School in the background.
Fort Collins Notables

Tresner Family Photos

By On March 20, 2015

While doing research for the article I posted on Tuesday about Charlene Tresner, I came across so many wonderful photos that I wasn’t able to include them all in the post. So I… Read More

Charlene Tresner
Fort Collins Notables

Charlene Tresner: Custodian of Fort Collins’ History

By On March 17, 2015

Over and over again, as I research stories for this website, I find myself appreciating those who have gone before me, collecting and preserving the stories, and the photographs that illustrate them,… Read More

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What Was There – Northern Colorado

By On January 30, 2015

There’s a really nifty little app / website called What Was There that I want to make sure you know about. If you have a smart phone, then it’s a cool way… Read More

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Chasing the ghost of Brigadier General William Woodford

By On June 16, 2013

This is not my great-great-great-great-great-grandfather. This is Brigadier General William Woodford, friend of George Washington and one of the heroes of the American Revolution. He died at the age of 46 in… Read More

Miller house, 1948. This photo was taken for tax assessor records. Courtesy Fort Collins Local History Archive.
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Mark Miller House – Local Landmark Nomination

By On May 27, 2013

What better way to finish off Historic Preservation Month than to find out how to nominate a building to be designated a local historic landmark? I have been meaning to look into… Read More

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Share Your Family Farm Memories with the Smithsonian

By On March 31, 2013

Northern Colorado has a rich agricultural heritage. Many of us who are natives have some connection to farming. I am a second generation Coloradan myself and, while I have never really spent… Read More