There’s a lot to love about Fort Collins that goes well beyond the beers and bike trails. As one of the top apartments near CSU, a lot of our residents are college students coming from out of state. Whether you are brand new to Fort Collins or have lived here all of your life, there is always something new to learn about the Choice City. In today’s blog, we’re offering up 5 interesting things you may not know about the town you live in!
Five Fun Tidbits About Fort Collins
- Fort Collins was founded in 1864, six years after Denver was founded and twelve years before President Ulysses S. Grant admitted Colorado to the Union as the 38th state. Originally established as a military fort called Camp Collins, it was founded to protect the Overland Trail mail route.
- At one point, Fort Collins was known as the “Lamb Feeding Capital Of The World,” as one of its main industries was sheep rearing and slaughtering in the early 1900s. Fort Collins at the time had a vibrant sugar-beet industry, and the beet tops were the perfect food for sheep.
- The Poudre River is home to some of the best trout fishing in the country, with about 170,000 pounds of trout collected from the Poudre and other Larimer County waters each year.
- Fort Collins is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream with 300 days of sunshine every year, 600 acres of maintained parks throughout the city, and 40,000 acres of designated natural areas. Not to mention miles and miles of mountainous hiking trails just up the road near Horsetooth Reservoir.
- There is a rumor that Fort Collins has an underground subway system beneath the city. However, this hoax, which many people still question today, is the result of a 1982 issue of Poudre Magazine, in which a local man named Bob Terrill wrote a fake story about an underground train system that was built in the early 1900s and never used. The rumors spread, with residents gossiping about abandoned bistros and shops that are still underground. However, this has all been proven false. However, Old Town Fort Collins does have a series of underground tunnels that were once used to deliver goods to local shops.
One More Fact: We’ve Got A Booming Population
Fort Collins’ population continues to grow at a faster rate than some of the other cities along the Front Range, which means apartments fill up fast. If you are looking for apartments near CSU for the fall semester or your lease is about to end and you want to live in a beautiful apartment complex, make sure to start looking sooner rather than later. Stone Creek apartments have everything you need to feel at home, and we’d be happy to show you around! Get in touch today to learn about our available apartments for rent!