The Lost Fort Collins blog is an unofficial exploration of historic Fort Collins. You’ll find topics about old commercial sites, art, and modest housing. Plus, gossip!
I don’t have history credentials. I’m not even from Colorado originally. But I love old things. The Lost Fort Collins blog gives me a reason to take walks, snap pictures, and talk to locals.
Lost Oregon. I’ve always admired John Chilson’s Lost Oregon. He encouraged me to do this blog–he even set up my account and helped me see the potential blog entries in the stories I would tell him about Fort Collins.
So, thank you to John! I hope I do the “Lost <yourcitynamehere>” franchise justice.
Museum, etc. Fort Collins has great historic resources: the Museum, Poudre Landmarks, and the Archives (I love the archives). Then there are the history columnists. I try not to replicate what they do so well. That’s why you’ll never see a bio of Franklin Avery here (but you might see something about what a Mama’s boy his son, Edgar, was).
I’m not trying to be an historian or journalist. Meaning, I’m happy to publish rumors and stories I hear (but I won’t make things up). The museum and archives can tell you the truth about all of it. Really, check things out with them before you take my word for anything.
Rattlesnake Jack. The snapshot of Rattlesnake Jack doesn’t relate to anything on this page–except that I ended up with the painting on the front of the piano. Ask your older local friends about Jack. They’ll tell the wildest stories. (Oh, and then come back and tell me! cat at lostfortcollins dot com)