Posts Tagged 'Larimer County'

From the Archive: University Plaza Mall

Here’s another little treat from the Larimer County Panorama tourist booklet (also featured in last week’s post) that features a growing phenomenon in the mid-1960s: indoor malls! University Plaza was located at 2229 South College Avenue in Fort Collins, and had an array of new destinations for Fort Collins shoppers.

All this and air conditioning too!

I like the hanging ivy.

Montgomery Ward was one of the anchors.

You could get some banking done at the mall as well.

Does anyone know when this mall closed? Bonus points if you can tell me what is there today!

From the Archive: Fort Collins and the ‘Burbs, 1929

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.

August 2022

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