Jim Burrill just alerted me to the fact that the City keeps a list of approved names for future streets (pdf) in Fort Collins. The list is a selection of 41 names of people who made some kind of impression in Fort Collins’ past.
Getting on or off the list takes a vote of City Council. That’s especially interesting for Jim since he has a relative on the list whose name is misspelled.
It’s a long list, and some characters are kind of hard to get excited about, at least as described in the document. Like J.A.C Kissock who “checked and audited city books” and was known as the “father of Fort Collins sewer system.”
Other names seem more colorful, like Pappy Spencer: “Prospector and burro wrangler who kept his burros at Elizabeth and Overland Trail.”
But honestly, I prefer street names that mean something.
Lemay was once “Hospital Road.” That just makes sense.
The forgettable SummitView Road used to be “3 Silos” because there were, you guessed it, 3 silos there.
And you know what became of the man who built the three silos? Franklin Pierce Rudolph? He’s now slated to have a street named after him.
For more street fun, go see Kip W’s Flickr page. He’s got some great 1970s photos and some 1960s planning maps. Maybe you can find your street.