From the Archive: Let it Snow!

by Lesley Drayton, Curator, Local History Archives

I’ve heard some folks lamenting the fact that we haven’t had much snow this season, so here are a few historic photos from the Fort Collins Local History Archive to get you in that wintery mood.

A winter wonder-yard at 618 South Grant Street, 1988.


Rocky Mountain Ski Club on a madcap excursion near the Brynwood Hotel in Estes Park, circa 1930.


Don Alexander inspects some impressive icicles at the Laramie-Poudre River Tunnel, 1920s.


Members of the Hartshorn family enjoy a ride in a one-horse open sleigh through the streets of Fort Collins in 1937.

And finally, a cautionary photo from 1966 for those of you who drive convertibles in the wintertime…


Aren’t you ready for a nice cup of hot cocoa now?

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3 Responses to “From the Archive: Let it Snow!”


  1. 1 Doug December 21, 2010 at 8:11 am

    The Cheyenne Depot Museum has some photographs on display of snowstorms that disrupted Union Pacific operations across southern Wyoming. One photograph, from 1949 if I remember correctly, shows a freight train almost completely buried in snow. About all you can see is the top of the locomotive and the freight cars. It must have been the mother of all blizzards.

  2. 2 Katie December 21, 2010 at 9:28 am

    I have some photographs from the snow storms of 2006-2007 that remind me of these. You couldn’t see any cars, just a big wall of snow with some lumps at the top.

  3. 3 Lesley December 21, 2010 at 9:55 am

    We have some photos from the big snow of 1949 in the Archive. I guess it became known as the “Great White Death.”
    And I also remember that big snow in 2006-2007. It was amazing. I know I took some pictures of my car buried in the snow–never saw anything like it!


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