By Sue Deans
Fort Collins indeed was originally a fort on the Cache la Poudre River, abandoned by the U.S. Army in the 1860s. The Overland Trail that passed nearby brought in settlers and business.
In 1879, Colorado State University began there as a land grant college focusing on agriculture.
Arts and recreation, high tech industry and a thriving brewery industry complete the picture today, and to the west, Poudre Canyon offers a dramatic and beautiful entry to the Rockies.
More on Fort Collins
• Fort Collins history
• Fort Collins Municipal Railway
• Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art
• Fort Collins Museum & Discovery Science Center
• Gardens on Spring Creek
• Lincoln Center
• Old Town Fort Collins
• Poudre Canyon Scenic Drive
Fort Collins facts
Population: 143,986 (2010 Census).
Land area: 47.1 square miles.
County: Larimer (Fort Collins is county seat).
Altitude: 5,003 feet above sea level.
Climate: Cool summers, cold winters and low humidity, with abundant sunshine year-round. Annual precipitation of 15 inches, including average snowfall of 47 inches. Snow depth of 1 to 2 inches from November to March. January averages: high 41, low 14. July averages: high 85, low 56. More weather >>