by Lesley Drayton, Curator, Fort Collins Local History Archive
A while back we featured a blog post about the Northern Hotel, a prominent way-station for folks visiting Fort Collins from the 1910s into the 1940s. Another famous hotel in Fort Collins was the Tedmon House, once located at the northwest corner of Linden and Jefferson Streets. A well-known landmark in Fort Collins, the Tedmon House was completed in 1880 but demolished 20 years later to make way for the Union Pacific Railroad passenger depot. Many artifacts and archival materials remain from the hotel and help us imagine what it must have been like to stay at the Tedmon House over 100 years ago…
View of the hotel, circa 1900
Ticket from the grand opening of the Tedmon House, dated May 20, 1800
Advertising card, circa 1881
Door hanging from the hotel specifying rules and regulations. My favorite is rule #8: “Guests are notified not to put their boots in the halls, as the proprietor will not be responsible for them if stolen.”
People from around the world came to Fort Collins and stayed at the Tedmon House. This section of the hotel register from 1903 highlights visitors from Denver, Boulder, Honolulu, and Chicago.
You can also view the finding aid for the Tedmon House collection in the Archive here.