Select Page

Northern Colorado is rich with history that extends back over more than ten thousand years. With people coming and going — from the earliest nomadic people to those with a “Not a native… but I got here as fast as I could!” bumper sticker — the region continues to host an ever changing assortment of people. So while no one people group can lay claim to all of northern Colorado’s history, everyone who lives here is connected to some part of it. And of course, we can all learn from and enjoy the history of all of those who have lived here before us.

Recent Articles

Fort Collins Downtown Development Authority – Friends of Preservation 2018

Fort Collins Downtown Development Authority Friends of Preservation 2018 On Tuesday, August 21st, the Landmark Preservation Commission hosted their 34th annual Friends of Preservation awards. The DDA (Downtown Development Authority) was one of the recipients. What...

Ginger and Baker – Friends of Preservation 2018

Ginger and Baker Friends of Preservation 2018 On Tuesday, August 21st, the Landmark Preservation Commission hosted their 34th annual Friends of Preservation awards. Ginger and Baker was one of the recipients. What follows is the introduction I read before Jack and...

Iceless Refrigerator

This has been the summer of appliance troubles in our household. Our whole house fan went kaput (back when we were hitting over 90 degrees every day and really needed it!), our water heater decided we needed more cold showers, and now our fridge has decided that cold...

The Abbey of Saint Walburga

In 1997, the Abbey of St. Walburga moved from the Boulder area to Virginia Dale and in doing so created a haven of contemplation and reflection for the residents of northern Colorado. Nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the Abbey houses Benedictine nuns...

Oldest Commercial Building in Wellington

Historic Larimer County, the Wellington Chamber of Commerce and the Wellington Main Streets Program co-hosted a walking tour of historic downtown Wellington on Saturday morning, June 30th. It was a very well attended tour (at one point I counted 85 people!) and...

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.

Then & Then & Now: 331 S. Meldrum

Fort Collins is an ever evolving city. In the middle of the twentieth century, as Fort Collins experienced a tremendous growth spurt, downtown expanded into what had previously been residential areas.  The following example of just such an expansion was shared...

A New City Hall

After World War II, Fort Collins experienced a population boom. Suburban style developments started popping up on the fringes of town... along West Mulberry, around Stover and Elizabeth, and some were even as far aways as Prospect Road. Colorado A&M was growing so...

Hearsay & Happenstance: The second oldest remaining house in Fort Collins

The oldest remaining house in Fort Collins is Auntie Stone's cabin. Even by the early 1900s its significance in the history of the city was recognized. It was called the Pioneer Cabin and used as a meeting place by the Association of Pioneer Women (an organization...

Then & Now: the Northwest Corner of College & Mulberry

If you've driven through the intersection of College and Mulberry lately, you may have noticed that the parking lot in front of the old Sports Authority building has been fenced in. The new owners are getting ready to do some work on the lot in order to prepare the...

The Ever Evolving Nature of Downtown

Close to a year ago I wrote about the changing nature of College Avenue. But that covered an area several miles long, so while some projects were close to each other, the sum of them was spread out over a fairly large area. Not so with the changes in Old Town. There...

Then & Now: 430 N. Loomis

In 1915, a photographer by the name of Lewis Wickes Hine passed through Fort Collins and took several photographs during his stay. He was primarily documenting stories of child labor. (His photographs proved to be instrumental in getting child labor laws changed in...

Linden Street… Before the Square Was There

Summer is almost upon us and one of the things I look forward to most is heading downtown to enjoy the music, art, sculptures, and other entertainment on display in and around Old Town Square. And with the renovations complete and a whole new stage and seating area, I...

Snapshots of Fort Collins

Every morning I walk my dogs. Though I have often taken my camera with me and snapped photos of things that I've seen along the way, in August of 2013 I started to post these morning walk photos on Instagram. In looking back at these snapshots recently, I've realized...

Then & Now: the Oval in 1935

The Oval has been an iconic part of our community since its creation in 1909. The expansive grassy area with the long promenade of trees that point directly to the Administration Building add both a peace and a grandeur to the University. Now take a look at...

Then & Now: the land where the CSU stadium will stand

I hadn't planned on doing a Then & Now post today, but Hap Hazard just keeps sending great shots my way. So today we're going to take a look at the area where the stadium is being built. Imagine yourself flying over the west end of campus looking towards the east. The...

Looking for something in particular? Try doing a word search for articles on that topic.

Or look for a category that interests you:

Topics covered in Northern Colorado History articles:

I support

Historic Larimer County