History of the Stewart Toll Road

Before Highway 14 (the Cache La Poudre and North Park Scenic ByWay) was completed through the Poudre Canyon in 1920, the only way to get to the upper Poudre Canyon from Fort Collins was via...

The Elkhorn Lodge in Estes Park

In the early 1870s, William James moved from New York to Colorado with his wife, Ella, and their three sons -- Homer, Charles and Howard. (Baby Ella came along later.) William settled into cattle...

The Cabin Where It All Began

The story of Historic Larimer County began with a cabin that stood in the way of a new housing development. Here is a brief story of that cabin. Reprinted with permission from Northern Colorado...

2018 Annual Meeting – May 20th in Fort Collins

Don’t miss the 2018 Annual meeting, taking place this year at the Loveland Library and including a walking tour of historic downtown Loveland. 

Threatened: Loveland’s Great Western Sugar Depots

There are two small white, wooden buildings sitting vacant on Monroe Avenue and 10 Street in Loveland. Though they look a bit lost and forlorn, they continue to stand as a reminder of days gone by...

Historic Estes Park Tour

On October 23, 2017, Historic Larimer County members enjoyed a personalized tour of historic Estes Park including a visit to the historic Park Theater and the Birch Ruins. The tour was led by Derek...

The Historic Plains Hotel in Cheyenne, Wyoming

On September 23rd, 2017, Historic Larimer County hosted a tour of The Plains Hotel in Cheyenne, Wyoming led by long time member and hotel owner, Astrid. The hotel opened with a grand gala in 1911....

Rebooted in 2017

Historic Larimer County began its life in 1988 as the Larimer County Historic Alliance. After lying dormant for a time, the organization was resurrected in February 2017 during a meeting of about...

Honor the Past. Imagine the Future.

Historic Larimer County is the only historic preservation organization dedicated to protecting our historic resources — whether rural or urban, pre-historic to mid-century — throughout the entire county. It does so by supporting local organizations that are actively preserving historic places, by educating members and the general public on the benefits of preservation, by encouraging historical research, and by advocating for the protection of historic sites that are at risk.

Historic Larimer County is made up of a board with representatives from throughout the county. Members of the organization include historic preservationists, historians, real estate agents, local advocates, and many who simply appreciate the preservation of historic places. Member events are held on a monthly basis and include talks during the winter months and tours of historic sites when the weather is better.

Lost, Threatened, Saved

Threatened: Loveland’s Great Western Sugar Depots

There are two small white, wooden buildings sitting vacant on Monroe Avenue and 10 Street in Loveland. Though they look a bit lost and forlorn, they continue to stand as a reminder of days gone by...

Photos From Past HLC Tours & Talks

Historic Estes Park Tour

On October 23, 2017, Historic Larimer County members enjoyed a personalized tour of historic Estes Park including a visit to the historic Park Theater and the Birch Ruins. The tour was led by Derek Fortini, the director of the Estes Park Museum and one of Historic...

The Historic Plains Hotel in Cheyenne, Wyoming

On September 23rd, 2017, Historic Larimer County hosted a tour of The Plains Hotel in Cheyenne, Wyoming led by long time member and hotel owner, Astrid. The hotel opened with a grand gala in 1911. Everyone who was anyone in Cheyenne attended the event. The hotel has...

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The Elkhorn Lodge in Estes Park

In the early 1870s, William James moved from New York to Colorado with his wife, Ella, and their three sons -- Homer, Charles and Howard. (Baby Ella came along later.) William settled into cattle ranching and in 1874 built a small hunting lodge in order to take...

2018 Annual Meeting – May 20th in Fort Collins

Don’t miss the 2018 Annual meeting, taking place this year at the Loveland Library and including a walking tour of historic downtown Loveland. 

Threatened: Loveland’s Great Western Sugar Depots

There are two small white, wooden buildings sitting vacant on Monroe Avenue and 10 Street in Loveland. Though they look a bit lost and forlorn, they continue to stand as a reminder of days gone by when the Loveland Great Western Sugar factory was at the heart of the...

Historic Estes Park Tour

On October 23, 2017, Historic Larimer County members enjoyed a personalized tour of historic Estes Park including a visit to the historic Park Theater and the Birch Ruins. The tour was led by Derek Fortini, the director of the Estes Park Museum and one of Historic...

The Historic Plains Hotel in Cheyenne, Wyoming

On September 23rd, 2017, Historic Larimer County hosted a tour of The Plains Hotel in Cheyenne, Wyoming led by long time member and hotel owner, Astrid. The hotel opened with a grand gala in 1911. Everyone who was anyone in Cheyenne attended the event. The hotel has...

Rebooted in 2017

Historic Larimer County began its life in 1988 as the Larimer County Historic Alliance. After lying dormant for a time, the organization was resurrected in February 2017 during a meeting of about twenty four individuals gathered at the Loveland Public Library. Though...

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