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 today, we have never officially met. I am quite honored that Cat chose me to carry on her hard work, and her baby as she is fond of calling it.
Some of you know me already, but for those of you who don’t, I am Terence Hoaglund, a licensed Landscape Architect (among other things I do to put food on the table). I have been a resident of Fort Collins since 1985, save for a 3 year stint in the Denver Metro Area. Before that, I was born and raised in Grand Junction on the western slope of Colorado. My family has been in this state since before 1900, though I don’t officially know when we settled in the state. What I do know, is that my grandfather (on my dad’s side) was born on the family ranch, in what is know the ski resort of Snowmass. The family homestead is now known as the Anderson Cultural Arts center (long story). My grandmother (also my dad’s side) was born in Brush Creek, outside of Aspen. My mom’s side is from the St. Louis area, but they have been here since my mom was in grade school, and settled in Georgetown, and later in Denver.
My connection to Lost Fort Collins is that I have another blog, My Built Environment, where I write about The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the built environment, not just in Fort Collins, but wherever I happen to be. Of course, it isn’t always limited to that, sometimes I rant about other things. Anyway, that is were Cat and I first started following each others blogs.
I also throughly enjoy local history, always took history classes in school, and pretty much the only books I read have some connection to history, either through direct history, biographies, or something related. I am also on the Fort Collins Landmark Preservation Commission, and was just elected to chair in January of this year.
So what am I going to do with Lost Fort Collins? Not much. I offered to take it over, because I like what Cat had done with it, the stories it told, and more. I will keep it separate from my other blog(s), but there will be some cross-posting. I also want to keep the focus of this blog pretty much as it has been. What I do want to do though, is have the occasional guest author. It will take a short bit for me to get some of the administrative portions, emails, and links etc. on this site to point to me rather than Cat, but once that is done, we are off to the races!
I only hope that I can do as good of a job as Cat has done.