From the Archive: The Big Snow

by Lesley Drayton, Curator, Fort Collins Local History Archive

The “big snow” of December 1913 certainly packed a wallop for the residents of Fort Collins. Newspaper articles described how the 13.5 inches of snow that fell on Monday, December 8, affected the city: “the heaviest snowfall in 15 years” interrupted train service between Cheyenne and Fort Collins for days, required excavation of the streetcars, and created havoc for farmers trying to feed their livestock. Cemetery burials in Denver were even postponed for 10 days due to the snow.

It wasn’t all dire, however. One article from the December 19, 1913 Fort Collins Weekly Courier mentioned how the snow furnished local children with “rare sport” when they had to ride bobsleds to school. And the December 12, 1913 Weekly Courier reported a gala of sorts when residents were finally able to leave their homes “like prisoners just released from long confinement” and enjoy the winter wonderland.

College and Oak 1913

College and Oak, 1913

Children on Olive Street 1913

Children on Olive Street, 1913

Looking South down 100 Block of South College 1913

Looking south down 100 block of South College, 1913

College and Mountain after the Big Snow of 1913

College and Mountain after the big snow of 1913

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