Colorado State University

Colorado State University campus
November 16, 2011

Staff writer Colorado State University is noted for research in atmospheric science, clean energy technology and environmental science. The land-grant university covers nearly 5,000 acres of land, including the main campus, a foothills campus, an agricultural campus, and a mountain campus. Another 4,600 acres include research centers, Cooperative Extension offices, and Colorado State Forest Service stations. The university is also home to the Colorado State Rams, competing in 16 varsity…

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New Belgium Brewing

New Belgium Brewery in Fort Collins
November 16, 2011

Staff writer The New Belgium Brewing Co. is part of the Fort Collins beer culture. It dates back to a trip that founder Jeff Lebesch made through Europe in 1989 on his mountain bike with “fat tires.” Lebesch brewed the first Fat Tire beer in his basement and took it commercial in 1991. His wife, Kim Jordan, became New Belgium’s first bottler, sales rep, distributor, marketer and financial planner. Now,…

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Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art

Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art
November 16, 2011

Staff writer The Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art dates back to December 1990, when it was founded as the One West Contemporary Art Center. The museum is now located in the historic old Post Office building in Old Town Fort Collins and has worked to preserve the 1912 three-story Second Renaissance Revival structure designed by James Knox Taylor. The Post Office Building, described in its heyday as the “finest…

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Fort Collins Museum & Discovery Science Center

Staff writer The Fort Collins Museum & Discovery Science Center combined two cultural institutions in 2007 to provide what it calls an unprecedented blended experience of history, culture and hands-on science exploration. The center has temporarily shut down while it is being moved to a new location at Mason and Cherry streets. Reopening is scheduled for November 2012. Previously, the Discovery Science Center was a nonprofit organization, and the Fort…

November 16, 2011
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Anheuser-Busch Brewery

Anheuser-Busch Brewery in Fort Collins
November 16, 2011

Staff writer The Anheuser-Busch Brewery, long a fixture in St. Louis, also has a large presence in Fort Collins, complete with its trademark Clydesdale draft horses. Brews made in Fort Collins include Budweiser, Budweiser Light, Busch, Busch Light, Natural Light, Michelob, Michelob Light and Amber Bock. A free tour gives a general overview of brewing, packaging and advertising, along with a visit to the Clydesdales. Fees are charged for the…

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Lincoln Center

Lincoln Center for the performing arts in Fort Collins
November 16, 2011

Staff writer The Lincoln Center, built in 1978, includes a performance hall with 1,180 seats and a 220-seat mini-theater, plus exhibit galleries and an outdoor sculpture and performance garden. Many arts groups, including The Fort Collins Symphony, Opera Fort Collins and the Canyon Concert Ballet, perform there. Details Lincoln Center 417 W. Magnolia St. Fort Collins CO 80521 Administrative phone: (970) 221-6735 Box office phone: (970) 221-6730 Website

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Old Town Fort Collins

Fort Collins Old Town
November 16, 2011

Staff writer Historic Old Town Fort Collins includes more than 20 buildings that are part of national and local historic districts. Fort Collins’ downtown is one of two that inspired Disneyland’s Main Street USA, as Disney’s art director came from Fort Collins. The other was in Marceline, Mo., Walt Disney’s home town. The landmark Armstrong Hotel was restored in 2004 to its former Art Deco elegance. More than 80 restaurants…

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Poudre Canyon scenic drive

Poudre Canyon near Fort Collins
November 16, 2011

Staff writer Poudre Canyon scenic drive follows U.S. 14 west of Fort Collins, offering spectacular views along the Cache La Poudre River, crossing the continental divide and reaching Walden. The lands were once home to thousands of bison. Now deer, antelope, elk, moose, beaver, and coyote roam. The road, 101 miles long, takes about three hours to travel. It starts in Fort Collins and goes through Roosevelt National Forest, then…

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Fort Collins Municipal Railway

Fort Collins Municipal Railway
November 16, 2011

Staff writer The Fort Collins Municipal Railway operates a three-mile roundtrip ride on a restored trolley car to give visitors the flavor of bygone days. Fort Collins operated trolley cars from 1919 through 1951, and the fare remained 5 cents all that time. Operating on weekends and holidays, May through September, the trolleys now travel between City Park and Howes Street using Car 21. The depot is next to the…

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Fort Collins history

Fort Collins itinerant beet workers
November 16, 2011

By Sue Deans The fort that became Fort Collins was around for only a short time. It was founded in 1864 as successor to Camp Collins, built to protect travelers on the Overland Trail from Indian attacks. A flood destroyed the fort in 1864, and a smaller fort with no walls was built near the present Old Town but was decommissioned in 1867. The first school and church in Fort…

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