A Train Runs Through It

A Train Runs Through It

There’s a train that runs right smack through the center of town. It’s one of the first things you might notice coming into Fort Collins for a visit and certainly something that you know all too well if you live on one side of the tracks and work on the...
On this day in 1882…

On this day in 1882…

On this day in 1882, the results of the city wide election were announced. George S. Brown was elected mayor; Frank Stover was elected recorder; and Franklin Avery was elected treasurer. There were also four council men (also called aldermen) elected: Abner Loomis, H....
On this day in 1980…

On this day in 1980…

Every week I think to myself, “What if looking at this date in this year is only going to bring up boring stuff that was no big deal and that no one will even remember, let alone be interested in?” And every week there’s something smack dab on the...
On this day in 1973…

On this day in 1973…

The top news story on March 20, 1973 was about a 16-year old Poudre High School senior (who was also taking some undergraduate and graduate classes at Colorado State University) winning the nation’s top young scientist award in Washington D.C. the night before....
In this month in 1874…

In this month in 1874…

Last week I took a dip into Fort Collins as reflected in the Coloradoan newspaper from March 6, 1959. The plan this week was to peer back to March 13, 1875. (I used a random number generator to come up with a list of which years to jump back to.) Unfortunately, the...
Liz Case – Mrs. Fort Collins

Liz Case – Mrs. Fort Collins

“Sometimes someone comes into your life that changes everything — raises the standards, makes you laugh, and makes you feel like you.  There is something about her that you can’t put into words, and even though you’re not with her, you don’t want to let her...
On this day in 1959…

On this day in 1959…

On March 6, 1959, the Cold War was in full swing and a pivotal issue on everyone’s mind was the state of Berlin. Not only did the front page of the Coloradoan reflect this, but a political cartoon inside the paper mirrored this concern as well. The Berlin Crisis...
Our Collective History

Our Collective History

“Our forbears are deserving of tribute for one indisputable reason, if for no other: without them we should not be here. Let us recognize that we are not the ultimate triumph but rather we are beads on a string. Let us behave with decency to the beads that were...