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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

The Milner-Schwarz House in Loveland, Colorado.
Historic Preservation

The Milner-Schwarz House in Loveland

By On August 16, 2016

In 1866, a young woman by the name of Sarah Milner arrived in St. Louis (a small town that predated Loveland) to teach. The rest of her family joined her soon afterwards, moving up from… Read More

Bee Family Farm near Wellington, Colorado.
Agricultural History

Visit the Site of an Early Homesteading Family & a Forgotten Fort Collins Sponsor

By On July 27, 2016

The Homestead Act of 1862 was a means for the United States government to quickly seed new states, such as Iowa and Kansas, and territories, such as Colorado, with American citizens. It was… Read More

Historic Loveland, Colorado. Photo from the Downtown Loveland Historic District plaque on 4th Street.
Historic Preservation

The Downtown Loveland Historic District

By On July 22, 2016

On July 18th, the City of Loveland held a small ceremony to recognize the new Downtown Loveland Historic District, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in March 2015.… Read More

Tractors at the Bee Family Centennial Farm
Agricultural History

Help Me Welcome the Bee Family Centennial Farm as a FFC Partner/Sponsor!

By On May 20, 2016

I’m excited to announce that the Bee Family Centennial Farm has come on board as a nonprofit partner with Forgotten Fort Collins! The Bees are one of the oldest farming families in the Fort… Read More

The Rossonian - an important historic building in Five Points.
History on the Road

The Five Points Neighborhood in Denver

By On February 8, 2016

Every year Colorado Preservation Inc. hosts a historic preservation conference called Saving Places. In addition to keynote speakers, breakout sessions, and special luncheons, they also host walking tours. On February 3rd I… Read More

Their joy was evident.
Agricultural College / A&M / CSU

Bringing the Bison Home

By On November 2, 2015

Click on slideshow above to see photos at a larger size and with subtitles.  History isn’t always pretty. Sometimes it’s utterly devastating. And where that’s been the case, there’s something wonderful — something that… Read More

Museums & Historic Sites

The Old Red Brick Courthouse

By On June 19, 2015

Fancher Sarchet, the author of Murder and Mirth, wrote about the old Larimer County Courthouse of his day. As a lawyer, he spent a lot of time in the building, and he… Read More

Frontier Faces

Timberlane Farm Museum in Loveland

By On June 9, 2015

The Colorado Gold Rush began in July of 1858. News spread like wildfire across the country and many were lured westward with dreams of striking it rich. William Osborn, and twenty one… Read More

Demolition of the Loomis House. The building to the left is the Safeway on Mulberry. See a photo of the Loomis house from 1886 in the last Forgotten Fort Collins post. The house was torn down in 1980. (Photo courtesy of the Fort Collins Archive.)
Architecture & Neighborhoods

It Came in Like a Wrecking Ball

By On February 24, 2015

In the 1960s and 70s, Fort Collins was going through a time of rapid growth and change. In addition to building out the farm land to the west and south of town,… Read More

Unidentified Black cowboy with horse (Photo from the Denver Public Library Digital Collection.)
History on the Road

Everybody knows there are no black cowboys. …right?

By On February 17, 2015

When Paul Stewart was growing up in Iowa in the 1930s, he loved to play “Cowboys and Indians” with his friends. But he always ended up playing the role of the Indian because, so… Read More