Posts Tagged 'Old Town'

Terror Tours! History haunts Fort Collins

by Toby Swaford, K-12 Education Coordinator

Take a journey to the dark side of local legend and lore. What tales of terror, betrayal, and murder fill the streets of Old Town, and what mysteries lay beneath? Where was the town’s first cemetery? More intriguingly, what happened to its former occupants, and what building stands there today? Find the answers to these questions, and more, on the 9th Annual Terror Tours. You’ll never look at local history the same way again.

Here are the particulars:

Terror Tours depart from the Fort Collins Museum & Discovery Science Center (200 Mathews St., Fort Collins) beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday, October 23 and Friday, October 30. Tours leave every 30 minutes and the last tour leaves at 10 PM. Tickets cost $3 per person. Buy your tickets ahead of time at the Museum — they’re going fast! Tickets are good only for the date and tour time listed on them. Tours are limited to 20 individuals, and are available on a first come, first served basis. No refunds available. For more information contact the Museum at 221-6738.

Dress in costume and join us for a hauntingly good time! Recommended for ages 16 and up due to content.


Calling all smarty pants! History Mystery Challenge awaits

by Katie Bowell, Curator of Cultural Interpretation

I’ll admit it; I’m not much of a scavenger hunt person. I suspect this stems from when I was little and the “Easter Bunny” (that’s right, Mom and Dad, I figured it out) would hide my Easter basket each year. I’d have to search for it as my parents sat in the living room, watching me with annoyingly self-satisfied smirks on their faces. One year the basket was in the garbage can (garbage removed, thankfully). Another year it was hanging from the shower head. Then there was the time it was suspended from the pipes in the basement. The “Bunny’s” finest hour was the year it was hidden under the pile of dirty laundry in my closet (took me over 5 hours to find that one, and then I had to do the laundry, too!). Suffice to say, the experiences left me lacking in “hunter” enthusiasm.

So it was with a little trepidation (and a lot of the spirit of a good employee who wants to continue to be employed) that this week I scavenger hunted once more. You might have seen me, along with my five companions, running through Old Town Tuesday afternoon. We were a motley bunch: two directors, two curators, one educator, and very smart soon-to-be third grader with cute shoes, clutching sheets of clues and trying not to trip over curbs as we ran through town (we already had one broken arm amongst us, and that was enough). Why were we doing this? History Mystery, of course!

Now, before you panic, don’t worry, you haven’t missed it. History Mystery Challenge, the Fort Collins Museum & Discovery Science Center’s fourth annual scavenger hunt fundraising extravaganza, will be happening Friday, August 28th and there’s still time to register. What we were doing was testing out the clues – seeing if the challenge to find all the answers in less than 90 minutes was possible.

Now, I can’t tell you what the clues were, as that would be cheating and we all know that cheating is wrong, but I can tell you that solving them was a blast! Deciphering clever clues written in (cough, loose, cough) rhyming meter is way better than hunting for your Easter basket in the garage. I discovered new areas of Old Town, and on at least two occasions I was instrumental in solving a clue and it felt good to be smart. You can feel good for being smart, too, and you’ll have even more fun than I did because the actual contest has food, drink, adult beverages, door prizes, and costumes.

If you haven’t signed up for History Mystery Challenge yet, there’s still time. Visit the Fort Collins Museum & Discovery Science Center website for more information and, after all the work I did testing out these clues, I expect to see you there.

(P.S. I can’t tell you the clues (remember, kids, cheating is wrong), but for a price I may be willing to consider performing an interpretive dance that gracefully embodies the riddles. Interested parties can contact me at the Museum – I accept cash, checks, and all major credit cards.)

August 2022

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