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Fort Collins, Co. was founded as a military outpost of the United States Army in 1864. It succeeded a previous encampment, known as Camp Collins, on the Cache La Poudre River, near present-day Laporte. Camp Collins was erected during the Indian wars of the mid-1860s to protect the Overland mail route that been recently relocated through the region. Travelers crossing the county on the Overland Trail would camp there, but a flood destroyed the camp in June 1864.[6] Afterward, the commander of the fort wrote to the commandant of Fort Laramie in southeast Wyoming, Colonel William O. Collins, suggesting that a site several miles further down the Poudre would make a good location for the fort.

Settlers began arriving in the vicinity of the fort nearly immediately. The fort was decommissioned in 1867. The original fort site is now adjacent to the present historic "Old Town" portion of the city. The first school and church opened in 1866, and the town was platted in 1867. The civilian population of Fort Collins, led by local businessman Joseph Mason, led an effort to relocate the county seat to Fort Collins from LaPorte, and they were successful in 1868.

Fort Collins is home to Colorado State University, it has all the liveliness and bustle of a college town. Good restaurants, brewpubs, nightlife and culture abound. There's always something going on.

This northern Colorado city is an outdoors-oriented community, with the nearby national park, Lory Park and Horsetooth State Park (and Horsetooth Reservoir), where you can do everything from boating and swimming (in the summer months) to horseback riding, camping, fishing, mountain biking and rock climbing. And there are plenty of places for off-road driving, mountain biking, hiking and other outdoor activities.

Golfers will find several challenging local courses. Anglers can fish for both stream and warm water fish.

Map: Fort Collins

Region: Northern Front Range Regional Information

County: Larimer

Proximity to other towns: Located 10.7 miles from Loveland, 6.9 miles from Timnath, 12.8 miles from Windsor, 15.7 miles from Severance, 17.5 miles from Berthoud

Population: 129,467

Elevation: 4,984 feet

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