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Lost Fort Collins – The Future

After taking some time to think about things, talking to several people, and with the encouragement of readers, I have decided to continue the Lost Fort Collins blog. It is unfortunate what has happened, but that ship has now sailed. Over time, we will try to recreate as much of the content as possible, and hopefully the community will help with that.

Moving on, I will do what I can to protect the content of Lost Fort Collins. I will also not allow any future authors to delete posts, except under certain circumstances. That being said, I also realize that by putting information out there in a public domain, such as the internet, you do open yourself for people “borrowing” your content. I for one don’t get as bent out of shape about it. If I find it is happening, I will bring it up with the people that have “borrowed” the content, and deal with it that way. In my view, this is a community blog, about the people and places of Fort Collins and the surrounding areas, with information provided by the community and readers. So as much as I technically own the blog, to me anyway, it really does belong to the community.

I also have one new guest author that will be writing posts. Others have expressed interest as well. While I have a break in my work schedule, I will be talking to them as well. What I would like to do is get people writing about a variety of topics, and from different perspectives. I tend to write more about places and the physical structure of the city. Others are better at writing about people and creating stories. Of course, I will accept guest posts from anyone that has a relevant topic.

So as we move forward, we will be creating new content, building on the past, and hopefully getting Lost Fort Collins to where we all want it to go, a better Lost Fort Collins.

17 comments to Lost Fort Collins – The Future

  • chuck

    Good on ya! Don’t let ’em grind you down. The Ft. Collins blog deserves to live, and there is plenty of material around to support it.
    Frankly (should I be in this blog?) I think people who put things out on the web should expect it to be taken. I’ve had my share of stuff taken from my online classes that I taught at Ohio State, but I didn’t go faint on the couch about it :)
    One thing, tho, I think Ft. Collins people don’t know much about the blog’s existence. I just stumbled onto it one night
    while roaming the web.
    Keep on truckin’!

  • John T

    Fantastic news Terence I think thats all that needs to be said

  • Matt

    As I stated in my earlier post, a simple email mentioning a DMCA notice, followed by a real DMCA notice to their ISP will resolve your issues. There is no delete button on the internet, so deleting posts here doesn’t solve any problems.

  • Kate

    I really don’t appreciate your snipes at Cat’s decision. Her work was top-notch journalism that clearly required a great deal of time and talent.

    You’re lucky to have the domain name but I’m unsubscribing.

  • catfc

    Thanks for your loyalty Kate. I think it’s telling that other artists/writers most understand the feelings behind this.

    All that said, let me say that I FULLY support Terence. It must have felt like I pulled the rug out from under him when I did what I did. It was a sensitive artiste thing to do and I think Terence is trying hard to understand and move on.

    You can’t know this, but he’s keeping some of the less ethical comments unpublished, and that’s out of respect for my work.

    I’m also eager to see the new guest blogger’s stuff. JF, right? She’s a passionate person I worked with at KRFC. And she’s a professional journalist to boot. Can’t wait to see what she comes up with.

    Oh, and hey, I have a story suggestion guys. You know there’s a dead guy at Danforth Chapel at CSU? Interesting architect who designed many of the mid-mod buildings on campus.

  • Terence

    Kate, I don’t think I am sniping Cat’s decision. I am simply voicing my opinion, and how I feel things should be done. Obviously my opinion differs from Cat’s, and that’s all it is. Cat did what she thinks is right, and I am doing what I feel will be right moving forward.

  • captainbevo

    Good one Cat.

    The Danforth chapel was where I practiced baseball with my Teeball team in about 1960 our coach was a sigma alpha epsilon (Rhoades was his last name for you old time fort collins people) He used to tell us that there was a ghostThe Danforth Chapel at Colorado State is one of the most interesting buildings in Fort Collins. It was designed by James M. Hunter (1908-1993), the general architect and planner for the entire CSU campus. Hunter was born in the Midwest and trained as an engineer/architect in Illinois, and brought his “prairie” sensibility out with him to the Front Range of the Rockies, where he was active for almost 45 years, from the 1940s through the 1980s. Many of his structures can be seen in Denver and Boulder as well.

    William Danforth, creator of the Ralston Purina empire, was responsible for financing a series of more than 20 Danforth Chapels across the United States. James M. Hunter must have been pleased with the way that the Danforth Chapel here turned out, because he chose it to be his own burial site.

  • captainbevo

    BOY that didnt turn out right I will try later

  • catfc

    Bevo, I think it turned out great! Take a photo of the chapel and send it to Terence along with what you just wrote in your comment, and you’ve got a story, IMO.

  • Terence, best of luck carrying this forward. You’ve got Cat’s seal of approval, which works for me. Let me know if I can help. If you see anything I’ve written that could be turned into a guest entry, and you’d like me to flesh it out, I’m willing (and others here might be open to the same thing). In some cases, I have photos.

  • Terence


    Thanks for the support. I will take you up on your offer in the near future. Right now I am getting ready to rebuild the site to make it more secure.

  • Terence

    Bevo, Cat has a great idea, email it to me, and we will get it posted.

  • Terence,

    Thank you for picking up the reigns on Lost FC. I’ve found some great stories on here, and, while those may be gone, I’m looking forward to more in the future. I love the smaller bites of history that are on here, they really bring the community alive for me, as I’ve only lived here 11 years.

    While I may disagree with the end result, I understand Cat’s feelings – it sucks when someone takes your stuff, it sucks worse when they then chastise you for wanting it back.

    I’ve been on some websites before where you can’t “copy and paste” pictures and articles. If I recall where these are, maybe I can send you the links. That would be a way to keep tabs on your work.

    If there’s anything I can do to help, feel free to write back.

  • I lived and went to graduate school in Fort Collins from 1968-74. From 1972 to 1974 I lived on a wonderful hippie commune in Cunningham Corners farm, south of town.

    Can anybody tell me about Cunningham Corners farm and what happened to it and also about the acoustic rock band that called themselves Cunnimgham Corners?

  • Terence

    Betsy, The Cunningham corner property was developed as a series of townhome and apartment communities from the mid-80’s to the mid-90’s. The barn was declared a local landmark, and was purchased by a private party and moved to their property just east of Bauder Elementary. The barn is still there and is in good shape.

  • steve

    Betsy, Back when Cat was running this blog there was an extensive posting regarding the band Cunningham Corners. It was posted by Kevin Donelley, founding member of the group. It generated tons of comments and actually spurred the group to consider a reunion this summer in southern California. Cat had some problems with people stealing her work from this site after she left town (you can follow that drama on various comments within Lostfortcollins) and pulled all the old stuff including the Cunningham posting. Somewhere on this site you can find an address for Cat. Perhaps she or Terence can do something for you and you can get access to the posting.

    It was a good one! Good luck.

  • Terence

    Steve, Thanks for adding this, I totally meant to mention the post as well.

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