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Most people find the things intriguing and interest-evoking that are being kept hidden from them. Most want to go off the deep end especially when the things are said to be forbidden. All happens because we love being surprised or we can say astonished. That's why we always roam around with a list of why's intruding through our mind. Catering well to your curiosity, we have come up with some of the nail-biting and heart thumping facts about a jaw-dropping city, i.e., Fort Collins. As of now, you might have gathered enough knowledge about city's best tourist spots, luscious restaurants, plush hotels, dazzling nightlife spots, eye-popping history, colorful culture, and astonishing art. Fort Collins is about much more than what we have learnt and explored about it so far. Let's get acquainted with some interesting and important secrets about this gorgeous city that you may find spellbinding to share further.

Fort Collins Historic District
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  • Fort Collins is the fourth most populous city in the state.
  • Colorado State University is based in Fort Collins.
  • The first church and school in Fort Collins were established in 1866.
  • In 1954, Fort Collins adopted council-manager form of government.
  • Fort Collins is famed as the largest city in the second Congressional district of Colorado.
  • In 2012, CBS Money Watch declared Fort Collins one of the 10 best places to retire in the United States.
  • In its annual "Best Drivers Report," Allstate Insurance voted Fort Collins as "America's Safest Driving City" in 2011.
  • In 2006, Fort Collins was voted as the "Best place to live in America" by Money.
  • Fort Collins Public Library is famed as the sixth public library nestled in Colorado. It was established in 1990. It was further renamed as 'Poudre River Public Library District'.
  • Colorado State University, Hewlett Packard, and Poudre Valley Health System are the top three largest employers in Fort Collins.
  • In 2015, Fort Collins bagged 10th position on Forbes' list of the 'Best Places for Business and Careers'.
  • The famous star, Jon Heder was born in Fort Collins.
  • Acc. to 2014 Gallup survey, Fort Collins was the third healthiest midsize city in the United States.
  • Fort Collins Utilities became the first company offering its customers green energy.
  • Fort Collins is unofficially called 'FoCo'.
  • The renowned Nature’s Own based in Fort Collins features a real T-Rex skull. The most amazing thing to know is that this skull is also available for sale.
  • Fort Collins was once voted as number 6 on 2010 Best Places To Live list by CNN.
  • In 1864, the city was founded as a military fort which was then known as "Camp Collins". It was named in the honor of Lt. Col. William Collins, who was famed as the commander of Ohio Cavalry troops.
  • In 1873, the city was incorporated as a town.
  • Edora Pool and Ice Center (EPIC) is famed as the largest swimming facility based in Fort Collins.
  • Fort Collins is famed as the largest producer of beer in the state.
  • In 2014, Fort Collins was voted as the 5th best beer town in the United States by USA Today.
  • Based on 2012 Gallup-Healthways Survey, Fort Collins has been ranked 4th healthiest midsize city in the United States.
  • The Arbor Day Foundation voted Fort Collins as "Tree City USA".
  • Fort Collins is also fondly called 'Choice City'.
  • Govtech.com once voted Fort Collins as the number three digital city in the United States.
  • In 1865, the first post office was established in the city. Joseph Mason was appointed as its first postmaster.
  • Blake House is famed as the first hotel established in Fort Collins by George Blak in 1870.
  • The first drug store opened in the city in the year 1872.
  • The first city election were held in 1873.
  • Larimer County Express became the first newspaper in Fort Collins. It was published in 1873.
  • The first Methodist Church in the city was built in 1873.
  • Benjamin Whedbee became the first official mayor of Fort Collins.
  • In 1879, the first county fair was opened in Fort Collins.
  • The fire department in Fort Collins was organized in 1880.
  • The Tedmon House Hotel became famous as the first three-story brick building in the city. It was established in 1880.
  • The first telephone was installed in the city in 1887.
  • The first jukebox came to the city in 1891.
  • In 1893, the first telephone toll line from Denver-Greeley to Fort Collins was installed.
  • In 1903, the city became the lamb-feeding capital of the world.
  • In 1904, the first horse race was organized in the city. It was held at Prospect Park, Gentlemen's Riding and Driving Club.
  • In 1906, the first hospital was established in the city.
  • The first high school in the city was established in 1906.
  • The first auto show in the city was held in 1907.
  • The bus system in Fort Collins was established in 1974.
  • Fort Collins is also known as "The Napa Valley of Beer" and "Fort Fun".
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