by Lesley Drayton, Curator, Fort Collins Local History Archive
The Local History Archive has over 1,000 maps in its collection, including topographic maps, plat maps, and tourism maps that span from the late 1800s to the present day and offer insights into the history of Larimer County and Colorado. It’s a fascinating way to see how Fort Collins has grown and changed over the years.
One of my favorite maps from the collection dates from 1929 and is entitled “Fort Collins and Suburbs.” Created by A.L. Marhoff, a civil engineer living in Fort Collins, this map shows the property owners for parcels of land both within and outside of city limits stretching from Douglas Road (County Road 54) at the north to Harmony Road at the south. I’ll bet you can find several surnames of property owners on the map that are now the names of roads or neighborhood developments in Fort Collins.
You can view more information about this map (map number FC00147), and zoom in even further, by visiting the record on the History Connection database here.