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Norman Fry and the Poudre Canyon

Norman Fry and the Poudre Canyon

Historic Larimer County has received permission to share a video on Norman Fry and his life in the Poudre Canyon. Here's Sue Schneider, one of our board members, to introduce this 40-minute film. Welcome to Norman Fry Country!  Watching this video you will learn all...

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Sign installed in front of Montezuma Fuller House

Sign installed in front of Montezuma Fuller House

In 1890, Fort Collins architect Montezuma Fuller started designing a new house for his growing family. Construction began in 1894 and the house at 226 W. Magnolia St. was completed the following year. The house features elements of the Queen Anne style, with Eastlake...

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Historic Timnath

Historic Timnath

On Saturday, July 13th, about 40 people (including several kids) met up at the Swetsville Zoo. There our tour of historic Timnath began. Bill Swets, who grew up on the farm there, took us on a tour of the property beginning with an 1860s cabin and ending with a...

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The Bingham Hill Cemetery and Historic Bingham Farm

The Bingham Hill Cemetery and Historic Bingham Farm

On July 6th, Historic Larimer County hosted a two part tour. We started out at the Bingham Hill Cemetery, the oldest cemetery in Larimer County, where Judy Jackson shared the history of the cemetery itself as well as that of several people who have been buried there....

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The Graves Camp, a Larimer County Historical Treasure

The Graves Camp, a Larimer County Historical Treasure

On April 28th, Ron Sladek led a tour of the Graves Camp in the northeastern part of Soapstone Prairie Natural Area. He covered the history of the site from around 1830, when trappers frequently passed through, all the way up to the present day.

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Historic Loveland: Inside & Out

Historic Loveland: Inside & Out

On November 17th, Historic Larimer County hosted a tour of three historic buildings in Loveland's Downtown Historic District: the First National Bank building (now Desk Chair Workspace), the Lovelander Hotel (now residential housing), and the Rialto Theater. In...

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History of the Stewart Toll Road

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 Livermore. In the early 1860s, George Pingree built a cabin on the riverbank...

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The Elkhorn Lodge in Estes Park

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...

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The Cabin Where It All Began

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 History. In 1882, Henry and Caroline Franz, immigrants from Württemberg,...

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Threatened: Loveland’s Great Western Sugar Depots

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...

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Historic Estes Park Tour

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...

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