Panorama of Fort Collins, circa 1912, taken from the roof of the old Larimer County Courthouse

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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.

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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

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Spring Creek Flood

Bicycle in flood debris collected at Street Facility after the Spring Creek Flood

July 28, 2017 marks 20 years since Fort Collins experienced the one of the biggest natural disasters in its history.

A slow-moving storm cell on July 27-28, 1997 stalled over Fort Collins and dumped 14.5 inches of rain in 31 hours creating flash flooding that wreaked havoc on parts in Fort Collins.

Five women lost their lives, 54 people were reported injured, and 200 homes were destroyed.

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