Fort Collins History

Fort Collins History

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A Trip Through Fort Collins History
In 1862, Camp Collins was built by the ninth Kansas Volunteer Cavalry to protect travelers and settlers along the Colorado branch of the Overland Trail. A flood in June 1864 sent the soldiers to higher ground near present-day Old Town where a small business district formed.  Later that same year, Elizabeth, “Auntie” Stone arrived at Camp Collins. She and her husband Judge Lewis Stone opened a mess hall for the soldiers. For an entire year, Elizabeth Stone was the only European-American woman in the camp and the soldiers and officers stationed there nicknamed her Auntie Stone. Sadly, Judge Stone passed away only two years later, leaving his widow to run the business by herself. Auntie Stone was a driving force in building the community of Fort Collins. She expanded the mess hall, creating the first hotel in the city. She also encouraged her niece Elizabeth Parke Keays to move to Fort Collins and start the first school in one of the rooms in Auntie Stone’s cabin. The colony movement helped Fort Collins get its start.
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Called vibrant, eclectic and authentic, Fort Collins tops “best of” lists year after year thanks to its myriad of cultural opportunities.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Soapstone Prairie Natural Area, The 1879 Avery House, Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): browse the exhibits of 1883 Water Works and then get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): see the sky in a new way at Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, contemplate the long history of The 1879 Avery House, and then get outside with Soapstone Prairie Natural Area.

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In July, daily temperatures in Fort Collins can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Fort Collins

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