An online collaboration between the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery and the Poudre River Public Library District, incorporating historical resources from the Library, the Archive, and the Museum artifact collection.
Discover Hidden Connections
Old Town and Disneyland's Main Street USA
"Yeah, I was born in that little town... Fort Collins, Colorado. My dad owned a newspaper there, the "Fort Collins Express Courier", and I grew up there. It was a very prosperous town. We had banks that looked like banks, you know, and there was a Victorian city hall. I was born in 1911 and these buildings were around when I was a kid. When I started working on Main Street, I had photographs of Fort Collins taken. I showed them to Walt and he liked them very much. Disneyland's City Hall was copied from Fort Collins... so was the Bank building and some of the others." -- Harper Goff
Pictured here is bark from the Council Tree, a gnarled and twisted cottonwood that once stood in southeast Fort Collins near the Cache la Poudre River. Warshinun, also known by many as Chief Friday, and his Arapaho band held meetings at the distinctive tree, which was struck by lightning numerous times and accidentally set on fire at least once during its remarkable 120-year life.
When the once-great tree was removed in the 1950s, 300 pounds of lead bullets, a projectile point, and an arrow shaft were found lodged in its trunk.