Timnath, Co. and the area surrounding it was first homesteaded by white settlers in 1869. The first schoolhouse was constructed that year, approximately one-half mile west of the current town, and was named "Fairview". By 1880, the community had outgrown the schoolhouse, and new "Fairview" school was built just north of the current town. The school also served as an early meeting place for the Presbyterian Church. The turning point in the early history of the community was in 1882, with the arrival of the Greeley, Salt Lake and Pacific Railroad (controlled by the Union Pacific) linking Greeley and Fort Collins. The following year, the Presbyterian Church, petitioned by local residents, sent a missionary to found a congregation. The current structure along Main Street dates from that year.
A post office was established in 1884, headed by Reverend Charles A. Taylor, the local Presbyterian minister. When the post office was formed, Taylor bestowed the current name of the town from the 14th chapter of the Book of Judges, as the place where Samson went to obtain a Philistine wife. In 1900 the second school became outdated and a new one was built, dropping the name "Fairview" permanently. This structure currently stands as an out-building to the current elementary school. A larger school was built in 1918 (which burned in 1935 and was rebuilt the following year). The school district was consolidated with that of Fort Collins in 1960.
Town Known For: Nearby recreational areas include the Timnath Reservoir, which is popular destination for fishing and bird watching. Other watering holes include Fossil Creek Reservoir and Windsor Lake, in addition to the meandering Poudre River. Other attractions in the vicinity include Fort Collins' downtown pedestrian mall and the art community of Loveland.
Region: Northern Front Range Regional Information
Proximity to other towns: Located 6.9 miles from Fort Collins, 6 miles from Windsor, 9 miles from Severance, 11.2 miles from Loveland, 14 miles from Johnstown
Elevation: 4,867 feet
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