I just discovered this fantastic Fort Collins Historic Walking Tour by the Poudre Landmark Foundation.
I plan on doing at least one of these with my family every month; a great idea for sunny weekends in the Spring! There are 5 tours taking in 36 buildings in Fort Collins.
Tour A starts at Trimble Court in Old Town Square. Why not have lunch at Coopersmith’s, Fort Collins oldest brew pub founded in 1989 (I did some of their photographs on the website and below).
My brother-in-law Chris O’Mara first started working here in the mid-90s and is now one of the owners…be sure to tell him you found Coopersmith’s here if you meet him! 🙂
I recommend the Brew House Wings and the Johnny Cash Ring of Fire Burger, and any of the pizzas for your pool-side party.
The “ghost signs” are detailed in the tour. Large signs painted on buildings acted as advertising for companies. These are iconic works of art and an important part of our history. My uncle (the beatnik uncle in Pittsburgh in my ABOUT page) used to be a sign painter. He painted billboards in Pittsburgh from the 1950s until the 1990s when billboards began to be printed. I hope this tradition returns to this country as it is visually stunning and a great job for artists.
If you decide to do one of the walking tours, please let me know how it was. How lucky we are to live in a beautiful town that preserves and protects its history!