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Monday, November 16, 2009

Disneyland Fort Collins

Saturday we went and wandered around the old downtown Fort Collins. I'd heard that Disneyland was modeled after Fort Collins, so I did a bit of research and discoved that it is true!

The Emporium is modeled after this building- an old bank. Currently a rock & mineral shop is at the location.
The Disneyland Fire Station is modeled after the fire station here in Fort Collins.

Those are the two buildings that remain standing that are close models. A few other buildings have been demolished and aren't around anymore. Several other buildings have architectural elements that were used in the design of Disneyland's Main Street USA.

It was fun looking at the buildings.
If you're interested in further reading, Main Street Revisited by Richard V. Francaviglia is a good reference. You can also find a few other places online that tell more, the best is history.fcgov.com/archive/legends.disney.php
A short list for those who are looking.
Fire Station
Jefferson Street
Walnut Street
Miller Block Building
Union Pacific Train Station
Poudre Valley Bank Building
"CSU's Old Main" - burned down in the 1960's
Hottel House- - demolished in 1962
The old Larimer County Courthouse
Colorado & Southern Railroad Station
First National Bank Building- demolished in 1961
Nearest City: Fort Collins, CO
GPS Coordinates:
Time Needed: 2 hours
Difficulty: Easy
Kid Friendly: Yes, but they won't appreciate it.
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