The first Larimer County Veterans Memorial was constructed in May 1944. It was located in center island at 100 block of Laporte Avenue, next to North College Avenue.
The Big Thompson Flood, during the night of July 31, 1976, was enormously devastating with a final count of 144 casualties. The earliest newspaper accounts were sparse with details as new information slowly unfolded. In the following days, months and years, many stories have been written about the flood covering nearly every aspect. This posting features the dark side task of processing the flood victims with a special focus and follow-up regarding forensic anthropologist Dr. Michael Charney.