Recent Articles

The Story of Emma Malaby

Passers-by on North Meldrum Street often see the “Emma Malaby Grocery” and they ask with interest who the person actually was whose name is on the front of this old building. Emma Alice Collamer Malaby was born on December 12, 1879 at the Collamer homestead near Ted’s...

History of the Union Pacific Fort Collins Jefferson Street Station

As you sit and enjoy a meal in the Rodizio Grill in Fort Collins, you note that you are in a remodeled train station. There is a great history of this building and the trains that transported passengers to various destinations from this building for almost 50 years....

William Slaughter – Miner, Judge, Statesman, Fruit Farmer

William M. Slaughter Miner, Judge, Statesman, Fruit FarmerWilliam Slaughter – Miner, Judge, Statesman, Fruit Farmer by Meg Dunn | Feb 8, 2021 | Frontier Faces, Loveland, NoCo Notables | 0 commentsWilliam M. Slaughter was born on July 25, 1830 in Pike County, Ohio -- a...

The First Murder in Fort Collins

The First Murder in Fort Collins Al Sherwood's DemiseThe First Murder in Fort Collins by Meg Dunn | Dec 24, 2020 | Fort Collins, Frontier Faces | 0 comments Albert Sherwood had just gotten off work at the Tedmon Hotel where he was a dishwasher. It was Christmas Eve,...

Friday, the Arapaho

Friday an Arapaho leaderby Meg Dunn | Nov. 16, 2020 | Fort Collins, Frontier Faces, Laporte / Bellvue, Native Residents, Weld County, Windsor & Timnath | 0 commentsAn Arapaho boy, given the name Warshinun (meaning Black Spot or Black Coal Ashes), was born sometime...

The Frank Millers of Northern Colorado

You might think you’ve heard about Frank Miller from the 1800s and early 1900s. But… which one? The number of Frank Millers running around Northern Colorado during that time period is… well, quite frankly, it’s rather stunning!

Lilac City, Fort Collins

Fort Collins was once known as Lilac City. Lilacs used to be a prominent feature throughout town and the smell of lilacs permeated the air every spring.

The Influenza Pandemic of 1918 in Northern Colorado

As the 1918 Influenza Pandemic swept through Northern Colorado, schools were shut down, churches stopped meeting, theaters were closed, and grocery shopping required calling in your order and picking it up at the door.

Then & Now: Block 93

Then & Now: Block 93 in Downtown Fort Collins  by Meg Dunn | Nov 25, 2019 | Architecture & Neighborhoods, Fort Collins, Then and Now | 0 commentsThe Urban Renewal Movement of the 1950s and 60s led to vast tracts of developed land in cities throughout the...

George Buss – Military Man and Early Settler Near Timnath

Military Man and Early Settler George Bussby Meg Dunn | Oct 3, 2019 | Fort Collins, Frontier Faces, Timnath | 0 comments On April 12, 1861, the Civil War began with a Confederate attack upon Fort Sumter. One month later, at the age of 31, George Edgar Buss enlisted in...

Articles by Region

(Some areas have one or two skimpy articles. Others have many, many articles. By laying the various parts of northern Colorado out like this, it’ll help me to make sure I’m hitting history in all parts of this region. If you there’s something you’d to learn more about, or that you already know a lot about, let me know and perhaps it could become an article on the site.)

Red Feather, Livermore & Virginia Dale

Red Mountain and Soapstone Natural Areas

Wellington, Waverly & Buckeye

Nunn & the High Plains

Mountains, Canyons & Parks

Laporte & Bellvue

Fort Collins

Windsor & Timnath

Masonville & the Buckhorn Valley

Estes Park



Mining & Quarry Towns

Berthoud, Johnstown & Milliken

Denver and the Suburbs

Colorado & the U.S.A.