Tag Archives: Larimer County

A Voice of Colorado No. 249 Version 5.0:

One of the best known architects in the Larimer County, CO. area in the latter part of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries was Montezuma Fuller, whose output was prolific.

Among his credits was the Henry Schaefer House, in Windsor, CO., which was built in 1903.

A Voice of Colorado No. 247 Version 5.0:

Montezuma Fuller, born November 13, 1858 in King’s County, Nova Scotia, was an American architect known in Fort Collins, CO. in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries for his work, much of which remains intact and in use, with many listed on the United States National Register of Historic Places, including:

• The Peter Anderson House, at 300 South Howes Street in Fort Collins, CO.
• The First United Presbyterian Church, at 400 East 4th Street in Loveland, CO.
• The Montezuma-Fuller House, at 226 West Magnolia Street in Fort Collins, CO.
• The Kissock Block Building, located at 115-121 East Mountain Avenue in Fort Collins, CO.
• The McHugh-Andrews House, at 202 Remington Street in Fort Collins, CO.
• The Mosman House, at 324 East Oak Street in Fort Collins, CO.

Additional projects include structures throughout Larimer County, CO.:
• The D.M. May House, in Ault, CO. (Built in 1903)
• The August and Alvina Koeper Farmhouse on the Bingham Homestead, in the vicinity of Bellvue, CO. (Built in 1903)
• The United Brethren Church, in Berthoud, CO. (Built in 1904)
• Remodeling of a barn into a lab and science classroom on the campus of the Fort Collins Colorado Agricultural College (Now known as Colorado State University). (The project took place in 1883, and was eventually demolished.)

Fuller acquired much of his knowledge and experience by working for local contractors, starting in 1880. From this he became known as a carpenter and builder, and developed a sound reputation as an architect, despite the lack of formal training in the field.

Montezuma Fuller died in 1925 from stomach cancer.

A Voice of Colorado No. 241 Version 5.0:

The Hyatt-Spence-Pulliam Ranch, located west of Loveland and Masonville, CO., now known as the Bobcat Ridge Natural Area, contains a number of historical structures representing at least two eras of settlement of the white man in Larimer County. First, it embodies a regional agricultural tradition and is also representative of the pioneer lifestyle. Additionally, the buildings that have been retained and restored showcase how ranching took place and still takes place in Larimer County: The ranch house, outbuildings, the landscape, and even a family cemetery – a contained, self-sustaining environment that respects place and purpose.

A Voice of Colorado No. 234 Version 5.0:

The pursuit of elected office in Loveland, CO. continues to develop. Jeremy Jersvig, presently the chairman of the Loveland Planning Commission, and resident of Ward I in Loveland, recently announced his intention to fill the seat being vacated by Troy Krenning. Mr. Jersvig worked on Mr. Krenning’s campaign when he ran for elected office four years ago.

Mr. Jersvig may have competition for his pursuit because Ward I resident Lenard Larkin, who also acquired a candidate packet from the City Clerk’s Office, has expressed interest in the seat.

The top two issues for Mr. Jersvig’s campaign are public safety and economic development, which he has said have seen changes in the five years he has lived in Loveland.

If elected he would advocate a focus on attracting and retaining more primary employers and less emphasis on retail development. He would also discourage economic incentives because he favors free markets.

Mr. Jersvig is now serving in a second three-year term on the Planning Commission.

His previous experiences include service in the United States Navy and his current employment in the Larimer County Assessor’s Office.

A Voice of Colorado No. 222 Version 5.0:

The race for elected office in Larimer County has begun, and the bid to replace Larimer County Commissioner Lew Gaiter in District 1 is underway with the announcement by Dan Sapienza, a Democrat from Fort Collins, announcing his intention to run for the position.

The election to replace Mr. Gaiter, who has announced intentions to run for the governorship, is in November 2018.

Mr. Sapienza, who graduated from Fort Collins High School and Colorado State University before moving to Washington D.C. for law school and work as a legislative aide to Betsy Markey, a surrogate of Ken Salazar, has a simple campaign theme: More social programs. He has not offered specifics on how to pay for these programs, but the basic truth and fact must be higher taxes.

A Voice of Colorado No. 175 Version 5.0:

The history of water in Loveland, CO. reflects the history of water in the State of Colorado, and the history of the land.

Before white man arrived to the area Arapaho hunting parties traveled through The Big Thompson Valley, camping along the river which some called “The Big Pipe” near sulphur springs that bubbled from the ground on the southeast side of Mariana Butte.

When explorers made their way westward they used the low-lying river as a path to pierce the wilderness. From 1837 until approximately 1842 the explorer Philip Thompson explored, trapped, and traveled the river. Because of his journeys the river would be named for him – The Big Thompson River. Additionally, he may have been the first white man in the valley.

In 1843 John C. Fremont’s expedition followed the river, which he described at the time as “a fine river”, with depth and width. (It is estimated at the time he visited the river was some sixty feet wide and three feet deep.)

In 1861, three years after the mountain man and settler Mariano Medina settled on banks of The Big Thompson River, and established Namaqua, the Colorado Territory was established. Larimer County, one of the original counties, was created shortly thereafter, with a population of only 100. The same year a drought caused crop failure, and settlers determined to stay began to divert water from The Big Thompson River to water their gardens and crops. During the 1860s and the 1870s, using this technique agriculture in the area grew as an industry. So, too, did the need for water. With an annual rainfall of less than fifteen inches a means of retaining water became an issue of great importance and contention.

In 1876, when the State of Colorado was established, Water Rights Laws concerning surface water became part of the state constitution. It was declared that the water of every natural stream is public property, and it was established that an appropriation system would be used to determine how individuals acquire rights to use water.

Under this system persons may appropriate water even though they intend to use the water far from the source – a stream. The law in the Colorado State Constitution states that whoever first claims the water for beneficial use has established the right to use it. The date of appropriation then becomes the basis for determining which rights are senior and which rights are junior. This principle of “first in time, first in right” is known as ‘The Doctrine of Prior Appropriation’. It differs from The Riparian Doctrine in the humid eastern portion of the United States of America, where owners of land along a stream are entitled to full use of the water, as long as it is undiminished in quality or quantity. Two main classes of appropriation are identified in the Colorado State Constitution: 1) Diversion of water from the stream for immediate use (direct flow rights). 2) Diversion from the stream for storage for late ruse. A direct flow appropriator cannot store his water for later use, and the storage appropriator usually may fill his reservoir only once a year. In each of the two main classes, uses are also prioritized in order of importance: Domestic, agricultural, and then manufacturing and mining.

Because of this law Colorado has become a leader in the legal concept of water rights, now generally adopted and used in all western United States.

A Voice of Colorado No. 146 Version 5.0:

As a population grows the means and needs of transportation also grows. In Larimer County, CO. there is a plan: http://www.larimertmp.com/