Antoine Janis’s Bed

Today’s guest post is essentially an advertisement for a sleep website. (I’m not getting paid to post this here, but the guest blogger makes money through the sleep website that she runs with two other people.) I’ve agreed to post the article to the site because, despite the fact that …

Wide Open Spaces

Before Europeans first traipsed across the area that we now know as Northern Colorado, it was a place of open plains and wild mountains.  When traveling across the land, on foot or by horse or wagon, there were few obstacles. There were no buildings, fences, train lines or highways to …

Charles and Margaret Shepardson

Reminiscing about Lincoln Junior High on the school’s 95th anniversary brought to mind several well known teachers that may have passed on, but they are clearly not forgotten. In reflecting upon the school’s history, former students spoke of Coach Hal Kinard swatting troublesome students, Mr. Williams standing in the hallway to …

Happy 95th Birthday, Lincoln Middle School!

On Saturday, September 2, 1922, Fort Collins residents opened their newspapers to find an announcement from Albert H. Dunn, the superintendent of schools, on the front page. After several years of talking about it, the city of Fort Collins was finally going to have its very first junior high school. Up until …

In search of the Day or Paine family

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 Atwood. I’ve plodded through Ancestry.com and managed to pull together a family tree that centers mostly around the Days …

Chautauqua — the original TED Talk

Chautauqua is “the most American thing in America.”– Theodore Roosevelt “He who does not know Chautauqua does not know America.”  — Frank Bohn I’ll just come right out and admit it. Until recently, I had no idea what a Chautauqua was. I thought it was probably an old Native American …

Horace Greeley – Man with a Neckbeard

I’ve been traveling to Greeley quite a bit this summer. Every time I pass through, I marvel at the variety and styles of architecture, the diversity of people, and the length of time it takes to get there from Fort Collins. (Why does it always take longer than I expect it …