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Meg Dunn

History in the News

Iceless Refrigerator

By On July 30, 2018

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… Read More

Religious Sites

The Abbey of Saint Walburga

By On July 19, 2018

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Oldest Commercial Building in Wellington

By On July 2, 2018

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… Read More

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