Forgotten Fort Collins
The Time Travelers Ball - 2017. A fundraiser for the Poudre Landmarks Foundation supporting education and outreach about the Avery House and Fort Collins Water Works.
Events

The Time Travelers Ball
April 1st at the Rio | Sponsored

By On March 24, 2017

The Poudre Landmarks Foundation (caretakers for the Avery House and Water Works) are hosting their third Time Travelers Ball on April 1st in the Agave Room (over the Rio). There’ll be lots to… Read More

Washington's music venue at 132 Laporte Avenue in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Architecture & Neighborhoods

The All New Washington’s

By On March 19, 2017

In 1903, William Dunham built a substantial stone warehouse on the back half of three lots along Laporte Avenue. In 1910-11, Myron H. Akin (Fort Collins’ mayor at the time) added a… Read More

Undated photo from the Fort Collins Preservation Department files.
Architecture & Neighborhoods

The Akin Building Becomes Washington’s Sports Bar & Grill

By On March 11, 2017

In 1903, a stone warehouse was constructed behind a small, 1-story office building on Laporte Avenue between Mason and College. Nine years later, the little office building was hauled away and a new,… Read More

The Myron H. Akin Building on Laporte Avenue. (Photo from from the City of Fort Collins Planning Department as found in a historical survey completed by Jason Marmor.)
Architecture & Neighborhoods

The Akin Building – 132 Laporte Ave.

By On February 28, 2017

For 67 years, the Myron H. Akin building was an integral part of the fabric of Fort Collins. It sat prominently right up against the property line, an imposing presence along Laporte Avenue.… Read More

Abraham Lincoln Henson (Fort Collins) made some improvements to heavier-than-air type flying machines which received a patent in 1914.
Agricultural History

A Brief History of Innovation in Northern Colorado

By On February 26, 2017

Necessity is the mother of invention. As the early pioneers crossed the Plains and settled along the frontier in the 1800s, they were often faced with situations either entirely different from what they… Read More

Outhouse on N. Wood Street - Forgotten Fort Collins
Historian’s Toolbox

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

Victorian era house in Old Town, Fort Collins.
Historic Preservation

I’m a Christian and I value historic preservation. Here’s why.

By On January 16, 2017

In the beginning, God made a place. He put people in that place and told them to care for it. And when they consumed a part of the place that shouldn’t have… Read More

Car buried in snow during the blizzard of January 2-5, 1949. Photo from Wyoming PBS.
Agricultural History

The Blizzard of 1949, the Earliest Peoples in NoCo, and a Shoutout to our Sponsors

By On January 6, 2017

One of the most horrible blizzards on the western plains rolled in on January 2, 1949. Temperatures had climbed into the 70s on New Years Day in some areas. But the very next day it took only… Read More

Wolfer's Market - December 1930. (CSU Digital Archive #UHPCS05K204220)
NoCo Holidays

Christmas Shopping in 1930 — Plus a Shoutout to Sponsors

By On December 20, 2016

Back in 1930 there was no online shopping at Christmas time. There was no mall and no chain stores surrounded by massive parking lots. Instead there were homemade gifts, mail-order catalogs like Sears-Roebuck,… Read More

The Pulliam Community Building in Loveland, Colorado.
Architecture & Neighborhoods

The Pulliam Community Building in Loveland

By On December 16, 2016

In 1937, work began on the Loveland Community Building — the result of a public/private partnership between the town of Loveland, the Pulliam family, and the Works Progress Administration. The reinforced concrete building cost $150,000… Read More

The Fort Collins Downtown Plan.
Architecture & Neighborhoods

Readers Digest Version of the Downtown Plan: Urban Design Edition

By On December 6, 2016

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” ― Benjamin Franklin “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” ―… Read More