Past Tours & Talks

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Tour of the Hydropower Plant and Museum in Estes Park
When: 1 – 4 pm July 22, 2018
Where: Starting at the Fall River Power Plant, 1754 Fish Hatchery Rd, Estes Park.

Join Historic Larimer County on Sunday, July 22 at 1 pm at the historic Fall River Power Plant (1754 Fish Hatchery Rd, Estes Park). After a tour of the electrical plant built by F. O. Stanley of the Stanley Hotel, we’ll head over to the Estes Park Museum.

The hydropower plant was built in 1909. During the tour we’ll see the original equipment installed by Stanley, machinery from an addition in 1921, and a diesel unit installed by the Public Service Company in 1938. We’ll also learn about the Lawn Lake Flood disaster of 1982.

At the Estes Park Museum we’ll not only learn the history of the area, but we’ll also have an opportunity to check out My Estes Park: Through the Lens. This exhibit highlights the natural and constructed beauty of the area through the eyes of local photographers.

Historic Larimer County Annual Meeting and Tour
May 20, 2018, 1:30 pm at Wolverine Farm Letterpress & Publick House, 316 Willow Street in Fort Collins.

Join us on May 20th at 1:30 pm for our Annual Member Meeting followed by a walking tour of historic Jefferson Street in Old Town, Fort Collins.

Presentations on what Historic Larimer County has accomplished in the past year as well as what the organization will be tackling in the future will be made at 2 pm followed by a presentation of the first annual Historic Larimer County Preservation Award. A short member meeting will take place that will include elections for six board position. And at 3:30 we will head out for a tour of Jefferson Street led by Ron Sladek, who recently completed a survey report that focused on this earliest of Fort Collins street.

Parking is limited and carpooling is encouraged. The nearest parking structure is located at Jefferson and Chestnut next to the new Elizabeth Hotel.

This event is free and non-members are welcome but will not be able to participate in the member meeting. (Though anyone can become a member at the meeting!) If you became a member of Historic Larimer County in, or before, May 2017, you will be asked to renew your membership.

Food and drink will be available for purchase from Wolverine Farm.

The Greenest Building
April 19, 2018, 7 pm at the Colorado Welcome Center, 3745 E Prospect Rd.

Historic Larimer County is hosting a showing of the 2011 movie entitled, “The Greenest Building” — a documentary about the environmental advantages of reusing a building rather than scraping it and starting over. The 1 hour documentary will be followed by time for discussion.

View the trailer:

“Over the next 20 years, American’s will demolish one third of our existing building stock (over 82 billion square feet) in order to replace seemingly inefficient buildings with energy efficient “green” buildings. The hour long documentary “The Greenest Building” poses the question “Is demolition in the name of sustainability really the best use of natural, social, and economic resources? Or, like the urban renewal programs of the 1960’s, is this well-intentioned planning with devastating environmental and cultural consequences?” — Jane Turville

The story of Jacob and Elizabeth Flowers – THIS EVENT WAS POSTPONED TO APRIL 4, 6:30 PM
March 28, 2018, 7 pm at the Bellvue Grange (at the corner of Rist Canyon Rd. and N. County Rd 23)

Historic Larimer County president, Ron Sladek, will give a presentation on the historic places of Pleasant Valley based on a survey project he completed on the area a few years ago.

The Early Preservation Movement in Larimer County
February 13, 2018, 7 pm at the Council Tree Library (2733 Council Tree Ave, Fort Collins)

Following a video presentation entitled The Wrecking Ball of Progress, Wayne Sundberg and other local early preservationists will share stories of how the preservation movement got started in Fort Collins and Larimer County.

Free and open to the public. Bring a friend!

The Power Plant Diversion Dam.
January 24, 2018, 7 pm at the Colorado Welcome Center (3745 E Prospect Rd, Fort Collins)

Historic Larimer County president, Ron Sladek, will give a talk on the Power Plant diversion dam (AKA the Coy diversion ditch). This unassuming bit of concrete along the Poudre River holds a surprisingly legal history that few people know about. In preparation for the creation of a white water rafting park along a stretch of the Poudre river in downtown Fort Collins, Ron was tasked with surveying the various artifacts in and along the water. Join us as Ron relays the history of this stretch of water, as well as some of the surprising discoveries he made during his research.


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