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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: […]

The accident, 1955

16-year-old Norm’s first car wreck, in 1955, takes a shocking turn when his Mom takes him to the police station to report the fender bender. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUEQxcHT0b4] I’m still moving away, but I thought you might like this video from last summer. This is one of my favorite of all of Norm’s many, many stories.

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So Long Fort Collins

Writing Lost Fort Collins has been a load of fun. In fact, it’s been an obsession. But lately, just about every part of my life has changed. My work is drying up, my family is transitioning, and I’m ready for some change.

So, I’m moving on. To Bismarck, North Dakota, of all places.

But before […]

Cunningham Corner Band plans reunion

A couple months ago, Lost Fort Collins posted a story about 1970s band Cunningham Corner. That article sparked “a lot of e-mails and phone numbers … exchanged from countless friends of the band,” says Kevin Donnelly. Now, the band plans a reunion! […]

A Fort Collins midcentury Christmas

That’s right, I said CHRISTMAS. Colored lights, Stars, Christmas trees, and Santa Claus. In the 1950s, the whole town celebrated Christmas unapologetically. And Ruth B. Dermody took pictures to prove it. Click through to see holiday details. Is that a nativity in front of the courthouse?

City Hall. It doesn't look much different now.

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Lost Louis Armstrong

If you’re new in town, you might not know about Louis Armstrong. He was a life-size statue on the stage in Old Town Square. Rocked off his foundation, he disappeared one night in 2001.

What became of him? Still missing. I’m only bringing him up now because he came up in a conversation a year […]

Downtown Diner, November 2009

My long-ago friend Ute came to visit today, and caught this while we were dining downtown. Ute said I could use her photo, but not say the name of the restaurant because that’s unkind to the business. […]