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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 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.

16 comments to Hello Lost Fort Collins

  • Congrats on this new blog, Terence!

    As an erstwhile CO resident, I’m curious — what exactly is Ft. Collins losing, or has already lost?

    – Amy Gahran

  • Jim Burrill

    Congratulations on your “appointment”! Aside from my interest in Ft. Collins and the Front Range, I love the western slope and I look forward to your future posts.

    Jim Burrill

  • I’m glad to see the blog continue. I lived in Fort Collins for about 20 years, from 1959 (when I was just short of three) until 1980 (freshly married and thinking I’d be away a year or so). Lost Fort Collins is one of my best links to the old town, where I can blather about how things used to be in the last place I felt like I was at home.

  • sgltrak

    Welcome. I look forward to the continuation of the blog. As a Fort Collins resident much of the last 40 years, I enjoy the stories. I will be watching your other blog, as well. Thanks,
    Mike Weber

  • Welcome, Terence! I am glad to see this blog continue. Though I’m sorely disappointed that Cat is leaving, I am relieved to know that someone is dedicated to keeping Lost Fort Collins open. Best of luck!

  • Douglas Beard

    Thank you so much for picking up where Cat left off. I am enjoying this from afar. If anyone could post pictures of the original Post Office on College with all of it’s ornate stone / plaster work it would be great. I do not know what was ever done with it, but always loved it as a child. Keep up the good work! Thanks again from deep South Florida!

  • Terence

    Thank you all for your kind words.

    Amy – Lost Fort Collins refers to stories, pictures, etc. of our history that could become lost, if not told.

    Jim – Cat spoke very highly of you, and I look forward to meeting you. I think we have met somewhere along the line.

    Douglas – I will see what I can dig up pictures on the Old Post Office building. It is still there now, all fixed up, and used for Arts Fort Collins office space and gallery. Right next door is a great urban plaza.

  • john reed

    I check this site twice a day….
    I was really very excited to find it..
    moved here in 74 and can’t find much neighborhood history or businesses that used to be..
    hopefully we can find people who can still remember some of these things..
    unfortunately, computers don’t remember walking down the street in 76 and knowing many of the folks you passed….

    much appreciated in any capacity..

  • Congrats Terence! I’m looking forward to reading your new blog:)

  • nisperos

    Good luck Terence! I’ll be interested to see what you post here. I hope Cat will continue to at least guest us with comments on what you write and that you’ll have some interesting stories for us too. Looking forward to what you come up with.

  • john T

    Thank you Terence. Knowing that this blog will be continued and new stories will inspire us to give you ideas or just to interact between readers is fantastic. I was born in the Fort in 1950 and have never really left- even though I have not maintained a residence there since the early 70’s — and I think a lot of natives feel that way
    again good luck!!

  • Teresa K

    We hope you know Norm. 😉

  • Hi Terence,

    Congrats on the appointment. I found this blog 7 or 8 months ago and have enjoyed very much.

    Cat always provided great stories and if she choose you to carrier on I’m sure we can expect more of the same.

    I wish you great success with this and your other endeavors in life.

    Please let me know if I can help in any way.

    Vic

  • Hi Terence! I look forward to gobbling up your stories.

    Cat, I hope the move goes smoothly. We’ll miss you!!!

  • Terence

    Thanks Everyone! Be sure to send me your ideas. My email is now set up and is terence@lostfortcollins.com

  • Peter Fisk

    Wow, it’s wonderful to hear that the blog is continuing. Thanks so much, Terence. This is fantastic news!

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