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Meg Dunn

Historic Preservation

Historic Preservation Month – 2018

By On May 19, 2018

On Tuesday, the 15th, Fort Collins’ Mayor Pro Tem Horak declared May to be Historic Preservation month. As the chair of the Fort Collins Landmark Preservation Commission, I was on hand to… Read More

Historic Preservation

Loveland’s Great Western Train Depots: an Opportunity to Help Lovelanders Thrive

By On April 27, 2018

Buildings made of natural materials, constructed at a human scale, and imbued with the stories of a community have been found to reduce stress, improve people’s ability to focus, and inspire greater… Read More

Estes Park

Jacob’s Ladder, now the Birch Ruins

By On April 17, 2018

“In a dream [Jacob] saw a ladder that reached from earth to heaven, and God’s angels were going up and down on it.” – Genesis 28:12 Al Birch was a reporter from… Read More

Frontier Faces

The Franz-Smith Cabin

By On April 1, 2018

In 1882, Henry and Caroline Franz, immigrants from Württemberg, Germany, built a one-and-a-half story log cabin on the hill where the Clarendon Hills neighborhood stands today, just south of the Harmony Library… Read More

Historic Landmarks

Loveland as seen from the 1886 Sanborn Map

By On February 15, 2018

The Sanborn Map & Publishing Company produced some of the earliest maps of our Colorado communities. In 1886/7, the company drew up a forty-one page map (plus an index page) of Denver.… Read More

Fort Collins

Eva and James Howe… and their house.

By On January 21, 2018

In 1880, James and Eva Howe moved to Fort Collins where they eventually built a small one-story bungalow on Walnut street. Eva was a dark eyed beauty with a sweet and forgiving… Read More

Fort Collins

Indian Wedding

By On January 19, 2018

A friend recently loaned an old folder full of stories to me. It had been compiled in the 1970s from the scrapbook of the Society of Early Pioneer Women as well as… Read More


Loveland Mills – a Timeline

By On January 8, 2018

In an attempt to write an article about which buildings in Loveland remain that were featured in the 1886 Sanborn map, I have instead found myself mired in trying to figure out… Read More

Book Reviews

Local History Books as Gift Ideas – 2017

By On December 16, 2017

Scrambling for last minute gift ideas for the holidays? There are several local history books that have come out in the past year that would make wonderful gifts. If you know of… Read More

NoCo Holidays

Thanksgiving Thoughts From the Past

By On November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving, Northern Colorado! Here are a few glimpses back to Thanksgivings gone by. The Antlers Cafe served quite a spread on Thanksgiving day back in 1907. The Cafe was presumably located in… Read More

Architecture & Neighborhoods

Loveland’s First Performing Arts Center, the Bartholf Opera House

By On November 13, 2017

The town of Loveland was only six years old when, in 1883, it was announced that an opera house would be built on 4th Street. The Fort Collins Courier reported the news… Read More