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Fort Collins Thing: Andy Warhol’s Campbell Soup Can

Terence’s Note: This post was originally on FortCollinsNouns

When I moved to Fort Collins way back in 1999 this work of art was almost the thing of urban legend. People would speak of this giant Andy Warhol soup can that CSU once had. I never gave it much thought because I assumed it was either […]

Cunningham Corner: A 1970s Fort Collins barn band

Cunningham Corner is a condo complex on the corner of Horsetooth and Shields in Fort Collins. It’s also the name on the yellow barn that sat at that corner before the condos (it’s since been declared a historic landmark and moved elsewhere). And in the 1970s, it was the name of one of the hottest bands in Fort Collins. […]

Better days at the frat house

2008, after lions removed

In one of Lost Fort Collins’ earliest posts, I talked about the Sigma house on Laurel. The boys lost their charter afterserving alcohol to young girls during a party. Gossip around town said they would paint those lions at the entry stairs red to signal when a brother had bagged […]

Fort Collins 1952: The CSU Homosexual Music Department Scandal

Funny how some scandals and characters become part of the local canon, retold in the Senior Voice and “I remember when …” columns year after year. But others never pass the quaint test, no matter how much time passes. Which is why you’ve probably never heard of the CSU’s 1952 music department. […]

CSU: Stray balls and foul hippies

Dear Reader, Norm Cook, whose memories make up much of the content of Lost Fort Collins, tells me that he got his first speeding ticket from a judge with your name. […]

Pandemics in Fort Collins and Larimer County

Who died in the 1918 influenza epidemic in Larimer County? It wasn’t the elderly and sickly, as you might expect. […]

Fort Collins Festivals: Pristine femininity at Colorado State University

Fort Collins adds one or two festivals to its calendar every year. Music, warm beer, sticky food.

But for beauty and grace, none match the May Fete at CSU in the 1920s–an annual display of “pristine femininity.”

“From the shrubbery, the fairies stole forth…Pan and his dancing nymphs, the four winds, […]

Andy Warhol befriends local cow

Real pop art in Fort Collins? You betcha! An Andy Warhol soup right in front of the old high school on Remington. See? We’re not a bunch of hicks. Here’s how we got the lawn art: […]

Seriously wide streets

Nobody articulates the cultural oppression of mid-century Fort Collins better than the unfortunate Bertram Wyatt Brown, a Baltimore academic who took his first job in 1964 at Colorado State University. […]

Barack Obama comes to Fort Collins

I went to the Barack Obama rally today. I don’t stand in lines when I can avoid it, so listened from the railroad tracks that run by the Oval. But that doesn’t mean we didn’t get to have a moment:

Crowds gather on railroad tracks

I heard a woman ask, as she passed, […]