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History of Fort Collins, Colorado, USA

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Fort Collins, Larimer, CO

Fort Collins was founded as a military outpost of the United States Army in 1864. It succeeded a previous encampment, known as Camp Collins, on the Cache La Poudre River, near what is known today as Laporte. Camp Collins was erected during the Indian wars of the mid-1860s to protect the Overland mail route that had been recently relocated through the region. Travelers crossing the county on the Overland Trail would camp there, but a flood destroyed the camp in June 1864. Afterward, the commander of the fort wrote to the commandant of Fort Laramie in southeast Wyoming, Colonel William O. Collins, suggesting that a site several miles farther down the river would make a good location for the fort. The post was manned originally by two companies of the 11th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry and never had walls.

Settlers began arriving in the vicinity of the fort nearly immediately. The fort was decommissioned in 1867. The original fort site is now adjacent to the present historic "Old Town" portion of the city. The first school and church opened in 1866, and the town was platted in 1867. The civilian population of Fort Collins, led by local businessman Joseph Mason, led an effort to relocate the county seat to Fort Collins from LaPorte, and they were successful in 1868.

The city's first population boom came in 1872, with the establishment of an agricultural colony.

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  • News 1895 - FIVE WERE DROWNED. SAD ACCIDENT NEAR FORT COLLINS.
    A Party of Young People Lose Their Lives While Fishing by the Capsizing of a Boat - Father and One Child Escaped.

    Denver, May 6. - A special to...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Fort Collins
    Fort Col'lins, a post-village, capital of Larimer co., Col., on Cache la Poudre Creek, in a fertile valley, and 'm the Colorado Central Railroad,...Read MORE...


  • News 1911 - Two Women Killed In Accident to an Auto
    Fort Collins, Col., July 8. - Mrs. R.M. Booraem, wife of superintendent of the great Western Sugar Company and her sister Mrs. W.B. Manning of...Read MORE...


  • 1916
    Fort Collins, a banking city, capital of Larimer co., Colo., on Cache la Poudre Creek, in a fertile valley, and on the Colorado and Southern R.,...Read MORE...


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  • News 1979 - July 30 - A forty-minute hailstorm bombed Fort Collins, CO, with baseball to softball size hail.
    Two thousand homes and 2500 automobiles were damaged, and about 25 persons were injured, mainly when hit on the head by the huge stones. A three...Read MORE...




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  • 1895 - Fort Collins
    Fort Col'lins, a post-village, capital of Larimer co., Col., on Cache la Poudre Creek, in a fertile valley, and 'm the Colorado Central Railroad,... Read MORE...

  • News  1895 - FIVE WERE DROWNED. SAD ACCIDENT NEAR FORT COLLINS.
    A Party of Young People Lose Their Lives While Fishing by the Capsizing of a Boat - Father and One Child Escaped.

    Denver, May 6. - A special to... Read MORE...

  • News  1911 - Two Women Killed In Accident to an Auto
    Fort Collins, Col., July 8. - Mrs. R.M. Booraem, wife of superintendent of the great Western Sugar Company and her sister Mrs. W.B. Manning of... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Fort Collins, a banking city, capital of Larimer co., Colo., on Cache la Poudre Creek, in a fertile valley, and on the Colorado and Southern R.,... Read MORE...

  • News  1979 - July 30 - A forty-minute hailstorm bombed Fort Collins, CO, with baseball to softball size hail.
    Two thousand homes and 2500 automobiles were damaged, and about 25 persons were injured, mainly when hit on the head by the huge stones. A three... Read MORE...

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