Tours, Talks & Virtual Visits

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YMCA of the Rockies Tour

When: September 30, 10:00 – 12:00 am. (Plus optional after-lunch tour of a 4,000 year old rock shelter for those that can stay.)
Where: Lula Dorsey Museum, 90 Program Way, Estes Park. (See map below.) 


We’ll start off our tour of the YMCA of the Rockies at the Lula Dorsey Museum. After a short tour of the museum, we’ll take a walking tour the YMCA property, learning about the site’s history and how it has changed over time.

The tour will be broken into two main sections with a break for lunch in between. You can stay for the whole tour or peal off at any time. The first part of the tour (including the visit to the museum) will take about 2 hours. Then we’ll take a break for lunch. You can either bring your own or buy lunch at the YMCA cafeteria. A mystery tour will follow in the afternoon to explore the Y’s other historical sites. (In other words, we’re still hammering out the details, but there are a lot of great possibilities.)

This tour will include a lot of walking — mostly distance more than rough terrain or steep slopes. Please wear good walking shoes.

Because our membership software is changing, our RSVP system will also be changing. The RSVP for this trip has not yet been set up, so watch for the ability to RSVP in our next newsletter.

We’ll put a map to the Dorsey Museum in our next newsletter, so watch for that.

Provost Tavern & Holliday Stage Station (FCMoD, H00956)

Provost, the Railroad, and the River

When: October 8, 1 pm (tentative time)
Where: 2405 N. Overland Trail, Laporte (Turn west off of Overland Trail just south of the Poudre River.)


Join Historic Larimer County on October 8th for a walking tour of the old Provost property in Laporte. John Baptiste Provost was one of Larimer County’s first French Canadian immigrants. A former trapper, John Baptiste and his Sioux wife, Mary, settled along the south side of the Poudre River in 1859. Provost ran a saloon and grocery as well as a ferry service across the river (there being no nearby bridge at that time). In 1877, when all remaining Indigenous residents were ordered out of Northern Colorado, Provost divorced his wife and sent her away to the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota. He remarried within the year to Virginia Laure.

The old Provost property has been in the hands of the Brinks family since the 1980s. Rose Brinks has done substantial work researching the history of the property, making her book, “A certain 160 acres: Laporte, CO, from Provost to Brinks: 129 years of history, 1858 to 1987,” not only one of the most comprehensive studies of Provost history in Northern Colorado, but also one of the most important histories of Laporte, Colorado as well. 

During this tour we’ll learn about the history of the site and the architecture of the buildings that remain. We’ll also wander back into the property to see portions of the old Greeley, Salt Lake City, & Pacific train line; one of the earliest irrigation canals that draws water from the Poudre River; and possibly a view of the countryside from the top of a hogback (if the property owners are amenable). 

Most of the tour will be on level ground with at most 15-20 minutes of meandering back into the property, but there is a possibility of some steeper climbing adventures depending how far into the property we venture. So please wear comfortable standing/walking shoes that might also work well on the off chance we decide to climb a hill near the end.

The property is located just south of the Poudre River and just west of Overland Trail road. As you drive into the property, pass the first house on your left and aim for the second house, 2405 Overland Trail. The area for parking is limited, so it may be wise to carpool.

Upcoming Events

November 4 – Inside look at the rehabilitation of the old Elks Lodge in Loveland, 9 am. The Elks Lodge is currently a work in progress. We’ll take an inside tour to see what’s being done and how the property owners are thinking through their decisions of how to restore some of the historic features in the interior of the building. 

November 16 – Bill Robb Presentation, 6pm: Ron Sladek, in conjunction with the City of Fort Collins, will host a presentation on local architect, Bill Robb. We will hopefully meet inside a Bill Robb building for this event. Watch for more details.

December 9 – Sixth Annual Holy Places for the Holidays Tour (possibly in Loveland or Fort Collins). 



Historic Larimer County has been hosting tours and talks since the summer of 2017. If you would like to learn more about which places and topics have already been covered, check out our Past Events page. If you have a suggestion for a future tour or talk, or you just want more information about one of the tours or talks listed above, please get in touch with Sharon Danhauer, our events coordinator, through our Tours & Talks contact form.


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