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1883 Water Works, Fort Collins

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#8 of 9 in Museums in Fort Collins
The Water Works is located at 2005 N. Overland Trail in Fort Collins, Colorado, and is open for free tours the second Saturday of May-October, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The property is managed by Poudre Landmarks Foundation.

Built in 1882-1883, the 1883 Water Works includes 26 acres, 4 buildings, 2 historic irrigation ditches, and more. A 100-year-old orchard features seven early varieties of apple trees. In addition, one of the largest cottonwood trees in Larimer County is located at the Water Works.

The Poudre Landmarks Foundation and the Friends of the Water Works administers the ongoing preservation work at the water works property. It is open as an interpretive center for water development and use in the Fort Collins area. The State Historical Fund, a part of the Colorado Historical Society, provided several grants to complete planning, stabilization, and archaeological investigations at the property.

Visitors can see the many improvements completed at the historic property through the efforts of the City of Fort Collins, the Poudre Landmarks Foundation, and its auxiliary, the Friends of the Water Works. Come tour Fort Collins' first public works project and discover the history of water development and use in the Fort Collins area. 2nd Sat., May-Oct., 10am-3pm.
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  • I went here years ago on a field trip with the school class. It was very interesting to think this was how Ft Collins got it's water. It takes about 1 - 2 hours to go thru it. FYI- the options for whe...  more »
  • Motorcycle riding in this area is great. After passing this place several times I stopped. The road, especially into the foot hills is not to be missed, the actual building just an older building.  more »
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  • Great place, very cool history and friendly volunteers. They when made a handicap parking spot available in the dirt parking area. It's a fun place to poke around if you're looking for an escape from fort Collins
  • Fascinating history, especially if you are a river lover. Great tour guide & tour. Definitely worth a visit at the next open house.

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