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1883 Water Works, Fort Collins

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History Museum · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
The Water Works is located at 2005 N. Overland Trail in Fort Collins, Colorado, and is open for free tours the second Saturday of May-October, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The property is managed by Poudre Landmarks Foundation.

Built in 1882-1883, the 1883 Water Works includes 26 acres, 4 buildings, 2 historic irrigation ditches, and more. A 100-year-old orchard features seven early varieties of apple trees. In addition, one of the largest cottonwood trees in Larimer County is located at the Water Works.

The Poudre Landmarks Foundation and the Friends of the Water Works administers the ongoing preservation work at the water works property. It is open as an interpretive center for water development and use in the Fort Collins area. The State Historical Fund, a part of the Colorado Historical Society, provided several grants to complete planning, stabilization, and archaeological investigations at the property.

Visitors can see the many improvements completed at the historic property through the efforts of the City of Fort Collins, the Poudre Landmarks Foundation, and its auxiliary, the Friends of the Water Works. Come tour Fort Collins' first public works project and discover the history of water development and use in the Fort Collins area. 2nd Sat., May-Oct., 10am-3pm.
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  • Went to the water works as part of the historical home tour in Fort Collins. Been by it dozens of times but it's not open frequently so very interesting to learn the history. Docents did a great...  more »
  • This is not open all the time. It was the one piece of interesting history we found in the area. Check openings before going.  more »
  • Really interesting history here. They were having an even when we went with tours and everything. We had so much fun and learned a lot
  • Great part of early Fort Collins history. Well restored

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