Fort Collins - Larimer Co., CO
Points of Interest: Colorado State University, Anheuser - Busch Brewery, Old Town Square, Avery House, Fort Collins Museum, Birney Car 21, Horsetooth Reservoir, Lincoln Center, Rawhide Power Plant, Equine Teaching Center, The Farm, Old Federal Building, Spruce Hall
Annual Events: St. Patrick's Day Celebration in March; Cinco de Mayo in May; Rendezvous in June; 4th of July Celebration in the Park in July; Ft. Collins Anniversary in Aug.; Ft. Collins Annual Balloon Festival in Sept.; Octoberfest in Oct. Hotel & Motel Rooms: 1,893 units in 23 lodges
Chamber of Commerce 225 S. Meldrum St 482-3746
Colorado State Univ. 491-1101
Public Golf Courses
Police Department 300 LaPorte Ave 221-6540
Fort Collins, founded in 1864 at its current site, was originally established as Camp Collins in 1862 for protection of travelers and settlers along the Colorado Branch of the Overland Trail. The camp was destroyed in a Spring flood in 1864. The camp, named after Lt. Col. William O. Collins, was moved to higher ground 5 miles downstream and renamed Fort Collins. The town struggled for the next few years, but like many Colorado towns it began to prosper after the arrival of the railroad in 1877. Fort Collins' existence was insured 9 years earlier when Joseph Mason, the most prosperous resident of the area, persuaded the legislature to transfer the county seat from LaPorte to Fort Collins. Colorado A & M was established in 1870 as the state's land grant college, later changing its name to Colorado State University.