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Howard’s Sinclair Service Station in Loveland, Colorado.
Architecture & Neighborhoods

Howard’s Sinclair Service Station in Loveland

By On April 13, 2016

As you drive north on Highway 287 (Lincoln Avenue) through Loveland, you may have noticed a funky gas station on the west side of the road. Built around 1937, the building blends… Read More

Upper left -- the mall in 1975 (from the FC Archive - T01276c). Upper right -- fountain in front of the mall. Lower left -- the new theater. Lower right -- inside the mall.
Architecture & Neighborhoods

The Ever Evolving Nature of College Avenue — Change Happens

By On November 18, 2015

Change happens. Without it, there would be no history. There’d only be now. The question shouldn’t be about whether to allow change or not. The question should revolve around How. It is… Read More

The Stout Boarding Hotel
Architecture & Neighborhoods

Stout, Colorado — a quarry town

By On October 16, 2015

I’ve written several stories that include the quarry town of Stout, Colorado. (Pioneer Life, a Life of Sacrifice and Sorrow; Hugo Frey – Tales of Adventure from a Native Son; and The… 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

Renovations & Razes

New Growth in a Historic District

By On May 8, 2015

The Old Town Historic District is one of Fort Collins’ brightest gems. Created in 1978, it encompasses much of the downtown area in the triangle (north of E. Mountain, east of N. College,… Read More

The Howard and Hohnstein Blocks on E. Mountain as seen in 2014.
Architecture & Neighborhoods

The Old Town Historic District – Fort Collins, Colorado

By On May 6, 2015

Historic preservation has played a huge role in creating the Fort Collins of today, and this is no where more evident than in the Old Town Historic District. Added to the National… Read More

The A. A. Edwards house is a Bed & Breakfast today, owned by Curt and Nancy Richardson. Curt is the founder of Otterbox. This house stands at 412 W. Mountain and was built in 1903.
Architecture & Neighborhoods

Legacy Lost & Saved: Ten Houses by Montezuma Fuller

By On May 1, 2015

Montezuma (Montie) Fuller was one of Fort Collins’ first architects. He designed many of the buildings that we tend to think of as embodying the history of this city. You can read… Read More

Architecture & Neighborhoods

Glimpsing Montezuma Fuller Through His Great Grandson

By On April 28, 2015

There are things that we pass down from parent to child to grandchild: photographs, stories, homemade furniture, favorite books, significant items of jewelry. Some families have a family Bible full of genealogical information.… Read More

A large pile of beets beside a sugar beet factory in 1940. (Photo from the CSU Archive - Print #9558.)
Philosophy on History

How the Passing of a Beet Shack Can Help You Become More Embedded into the Community

By On April 21, 2015

Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place,… Read More

Renovations & Razes

Then & Now: Remington and Downtown

By On March 13, 2015

Today’s Then & Now comparison takes in the Remington Street School, the Armstrong Hotel, the Carnegie library when the building was about half the size it is today, the Strang Grain Elevator, and… 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