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From the Archive: Rams and Cowboys: Long Time Rivals

by Tiffani Righero, Research Assistant, Local History Archive

The Colorado State University Rams Football Team will travel to Laramie this Saturday, November 20, to face the University of Wyoming Cowboys.  The rivalry between these teams is not new.  Here are a few photographs from past games between the Rams and the Cowboys.

This photograph is from 1912 when the Rams were the Aggies.  The Aggies traveled north to Prexy’s Pasture in Laramie where they beat the home team 33-0.  This gave the Aggies their first winning record since 1903.

Here’s another game played in Laramie; this one from 1933. The Aggies beat the Cowboys 7-0 with a touchdown pass by Wilbur “Little Red” White to Julius “Bud” Dammann.

On October 29, 1966, the Cowboys (ranked 10th in the nation and with an undefeated season) traveled to Fort Collins.  The Rams defense was key in their 12-10 win over the Cowboys.

The November 1, 1980 CSU vs. Wyoming game was a close one.  The Rams were down with 48 seconds on the clock, but Steve Fairchild threw a touchdown pass with just four seconds left on the clock. The Rams won 28-25.

Can the Rams beat the Cowboys this weekend like they did in these games?

All photographs are from John Hirn’s Aggies to Rams: The History of Football at Colorado State University which is available for viewing in the Local History Archive and available for purchase in the museum store.

From the Archive: Touchdown!

by Lesley Drayton, Curator of the Local History Archive

On the evening of Tuesday, September 1st, I had the great pleasure of attending the first meeting for the Fort Collins Historical Society’s 2009-2010 season. The program featured Colorado State University football aficionado John Hirn, who gave a fascinating play-by-play look at the history of the sport while showing the highlights from his new book Aggies to Rams: The History of Football at Colorado State University.

John’s research has a special place in the hearts of the Fort Collins Local History Archive staff, as he spent countless lunch hours over the past year and a half at the Archive, scrolling through newspaper microfilm or flipping through old Silver Spruce yearbooks. We’ve all been inspired by his passion for CSU football history.

John used several football images from the Archive’s historic photograph collection for his book, including this portrait of Harry Hughes:


This action shot of Oscar “Golden Shoes” Reed from 1967:

And Hughes Stadium under construction, also in 1967:

John Hirn’s presentation was a great kickoff to the Fort Collins Historical Society program series. All programs are at 7:00pm in the historic Webster House located at 301 East Olive Street in Fort Collins. Here’s what’s in store:

October 6, 2009: Wayne Sundberg – Presidents, Pioneers, and Trees: How Our Streets Were Named

January 5, 2010: Bill Bertshy – History of Pingree Park

March 2, 2010: Carol Tunner – History of City Park

April 6, 2010: Hap Hazard – History of CSU Silver Spruce Yearbooks

October 2022

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