OSHR 3083 - Fort Collins: From Fort to Town to City (Perk Series Lecture)

  • Noncredit
  • Fort Collins

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

Through telling brief stories about a variety of individuals who had an historical impact on Fort Collins, in one way or another, this lecture will share some of the colorful history of our hometown. As each story unfolds, it will be enhanced with historic facts and details, thus putting together a more-or-less chronological overview of its early history, from fort to town to city - up to the early 20th century.

When Fort Collins began as an Army outpost in 1862, it was located along the Poudre River in Laporte. Flooded out two years later, the camp relocated to higher ground down river until the post was decommissioned in 1867. The fledgling settlement that followed the departure of the soldiers was a true frontier town, false fronts, saloons and all. Gradually, the settlement grew; in 1873, it became a formal municipality - albeit small, crude, and basic. But in time the founders lured a college, and a railroad, assuring the survival of the community, and through ups and downs, wet and dry times, epidemics and other setbacks, the town survived and even thrived. Peopled by intrepid, determined and highly skilled personalities, Fort Collins emerged from its primitive Western beginnings into a prosperous Northern Colorado hub for commerce, education, and agriculture.

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.