Some Links to History of Livermore/Red Feather Lakes/Virginia Dale/Larimer County

Livermore History: In the spring of 2010, the Livermore Woman's Club received an enquiry through this website from a Craig Livernash of Wisconsin Rapids, WI. Craig and then Club President Linda Adams exchanged a number of electronic messages, and we learned that Craig is a descendent of Livermore pioneer and co-namesake Adolphus Livernash. Craig's thorough look into his family history extended considerably the Club's knowledge about one of Livermore's important historical figures. Learn more about Adolphus Livermore and the visit to Livermore by members of the Livernash family in LIVERMORE HISTORY.

Pages From The Past is "An Anthology of True Stories of Larimer County, Colorado" by Josephine Payson Lambe Clements. Ms. Lamb, with the permission of the appropriate publishers, reprinted more than sixty stories about the history of Larimer County that were published originally in The Fort Collins Triangle Review and Senior Voice. The Club had the Anthology digitized, and it has been separated into nine roughtly equal sections to make posting it simpler.


RED FEATHER HISTORICAL SOCIETY is a nonprofit serving Red Feather Lakes, Crystal Lakes, Glacier View Meadows, and Livermore.

VIRGINIA DALE COMMUNITY CLUB owns the legendary Virginia Dale Stage Station and the adjacent Hurzeler House and has a long history of working to protect and preserve both.

The Batterson Barn is a local historic landmark readily seen from the Red Feather Lakes Road. The Barn was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2010 owing, in part, to the efforts of Club members Linda Adams (owner of the Batterson Barn), Mary Torrez, Pat Clemens, Julie Burness and former member Sandy Lagow. Linda Adams was President of the LWC when the barn was placed on the National Register. The success of this effort is attributable in large part to Linda's many years of untiring research into the barn's past and her presentation to History Colorado. A wealth of historic information about the barn can be found HERE (downloaded from History Colorado) and HERE.

HISTORY COLORADO is the website of History Colorado (also known as the Colorado Historical Society). History Colorado was established in 1879 and is an agency of the State of Colorado under the Department of Higher Education. This searchable site has a nice SECTION on Livermore with short histories of the old Livermore Hotel and General Store and the Solomon Batterson Ranch Rural Historic Landscape. The site also has material on the history of LARIMER COUNTY.

FORT COLLINS IMAGES, a blog by Mac McNeil, has marvelous pictures and stories about "old" Larimer County.

Tom Peden's blog, OWL CANYON, has posts on lapidary, rocks, history, and mining claims as well as photographs and insights into the history of Larimer County.

MANHATTAN, A COLORADO GHOST TOWN is an article from the Loveland Reporter Herald featuring Mathattan, CO, a legendary ghost town dating from 1886 and located along Larimer County Road 69.

NORTHERN COLORADO HISTORY is a searchable website devoted to "exploring the stories that have shaped Northern Colorado".

PEOPLE OF THE POUDRE an "ethnohistory of the Cache la Poudre River National Heritage Area, AD 1500-1880" by Lucy Burris was written for the POUDRE HERITAGE ALLIANCE, a nonprofit whose goal is to "to build a deeper understanding of the Poudre River’s national significance including its role in influencing water development, water law, and water management".

LEGENDS OF AMERICA an organization devoted to "exploring history, destinations, people, & legends of this great country since 2003" has sections for each state with an extensive collection of material about places in Colorado, including some in Larimer County.

BRIDGEHUNTER.COM, "a database of historic or notable bridges in the United States" contains a SECTION devoted to bridges in Colorado with information on Pingree Road Bridge and Poudre Canyon Tunnel, among others.

THE RIVER FORKS a website primarily devoted to advertising the River Forks Inn of Drake, CO, in the Big Thompson Canyon contains a nice history of the Big Thompson River.

QUARRIES AND BEYOND by Peggy B. Perazzo is a website devoted to stone quarries and their workers, carvers of stone, and historical dealers of stone and finished products. The section on Colorado quarries has information on the Colorado Alabaster Supply Quarry.

The website for COLORADO ALABASTER SUPPLY has information about Colorado alabaster. This company's product is taken from a quarry ". . . in the foothills of the front range of the Rockies, not far from Fort Collins".

COLORADO HISTORIC NEWSPAPERS is a searchable site with digitized copies of more than 200 individual newspaper titles published in Colorado between 1859 and 1923.