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Don’t Forget to vote for Fort Collins Distinctive Destination

Vote as often as you like, but vote! Fort Collins is losing out! Trust for Historic Preservation

Hickenlooper and Coopersmith's

Mayor of Denver and gubernatorial candidate, John Hickenlooper, recently spoke at the Saving Places conference I attended a couple of weeks ago. Pretty much everyone is familiar with his story of being one of the founding fathers of Wynkoops Brewpub in Lower Downtown (LODO) Denver. I also knew that he was involved with some other […]

Oldest Surviving “Beet Shack” Threatened

The Sugar Beet industry was a booming industry in Fort Collins early days. Around the turn of the 20th Century, workers were recruited from Nebraska, Kansas, and the Volga Region of Russia to work in the Beet Fields. The ‘Germans from Russia’, as these workers were affectionately called were hard working and experienced workers, mostly […]

Hello Part 2

Hey there everyone. I think I am almost done updating all the links, getting everything pointed to me, etc. The most important thing, is I now have the my email set up (thanks to Cat), and working with my mail program. You can all contact me at terence@lostfortcollins.com.


Hello Lost Fort Collins

I know you have all been waiting, and it is finally here. As of today, I am officially taking over duties at Lost Fort Collins. I am quite humbled by this prospect, and very excited about it as well. Cat and I have been following each others blogs for a couple of years, but until […]

Stories I always meant to write. 3. Cannon at City Park

You know, Fort Collins didn’t just plop a cannon in the middle of the playground at City Park. It was the other way around. The playground was west of there, and migrated to the cannon.

In a way, it didn’t matter because kids in the 1950s climbed all over the cannon and considered it an […]

Stories I always meant to write: 2. Heroines of local preservation

I always meant to write a series of posts about the women who made this town what it is. This was no ladies club dressing up for Victorian tea parties. These were women who fought like hell and put fear in the heart of any politician that got in the way. At least that’s how I always imagined them. […]

Stories I always meant to write. 1: Carillon bells

The bells at Saint Joes I might miss more than anything in Fort Collins when I go. But there’s also a carillon at the Episcopal church. I would have liked to find out more about them both. […]

Armory Reveal

You may have read recently that the old Armory building on East Mountain Avenue is being refurbished again. This time, says owner Paul Jenson, he wants to return it to its 1907 roots as a public event hall. Last week, one of the contractors on the project, Jeff Down, took me on a tour of the building. I asked a few questions and took a lot of photos. Here, I’ll show you: […]