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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 Preservation

The Milner-Schwarz House in Loveland

By On August 16, 2016

In 1866, a young woman by the name of Sarah Milner arrived in St. Louis (a small town that predated Loveland) to teach. The rest of her family joined her soon afterwards, moving up from… Read More

Agricultural History

Visit the Site of an Early Homesteading Family & a Forgotten Fort Collins Sponsor

By On July 27, 2016

The Homestead Act of 1862 was a means for the United States government to quickly seed new states, such as Iowa and Kansas, and territories, such as Colorado, with American citizens. It was… Read More

Historic Landmarks

The Downtown Loveland Historic District

By On July 22, 2016

On July 18th, the City of Loveland held a small ceremony to recognize the new Downtown Loveland Historic District, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in March 2015.… Read More

Agricultural History

Help Me Welcome the Bee Family Centennial Farm as a FFC Partner/Sponsor!

By On May 20, 2016

I’m excited to announce that the Bee Family Centennial Farm has come on board as a nonprofit partner with Forgotten Fort Collins! The Bees are one of the oldest farming families in the Fort… Read More

Denver

The Five Points Neighborhood in Denver

By On February 8, 2016

Every year Colorado Preservation Inc. hosts a historic preservation conference called Saving Places. In addition to keynote speakers, breakout sessions, and special luncheons, they also host walking tours. On February 3rd I… Read More

Agricultural College / A&M / CSU

Bringing the Bison Home

By On November 2, 2015

[Slideshows didn’t cross over when Forgotten Fort Collins became Northern Colorado History. Hopefully I’ll get this updated at some point.] Click on slideshow above to see photos at a larger size and… Read More

Museums & Historic Sites

The Old Red Brick Courthouse

By On June 19, 2015

Fancher Sarchet, the author of Murder and Mirth, wrote about the old Larimer County Courthouse of his day. As a lawyer, he spent a lot of time in the building, and he… Read More

Frontier Faces

Timberlane Farm Museum in Loveland

By On June 9, 2015

The Colorado Gold Rush began in July of 1858. News spread like wildfire across the country and many were lured westward with dreams of striking it rich. William Osborn, and twenty one… Read More

Architecture & Neighborhoods

It Came in Like a Wrecking Ball

By On February 24, 2015

In the 1960s and 70s, Fort Collins was going through a time of rapid growth and change. In addition to building out the farm land to the west and south of town,… Read More