Historic preservation matters

It reminds us that we are not the first generation to face hardships. If our ancestors and predecessors could face great challenges and survive, and even thrive, we can too. It binds us to one another and to the past. It reminds us that we are not the first generation to face hardships. If our ancestors and predecessors could face great challenges and survive, and even thrive, we can too.

The 1883 Fort Collins Water Works is a direct link to the past. By restoring the 23-acre site and transforming it a comprehensive  Water Interpretive Center we can connect people to their history and water heritage, and empower them to become more informed guardians of their water resources.

Due to its remarkable site integrity, the 1883 Water Works continues to stand as a symbol of the initiative and maturity of early Fort Collins citizens. As the very first First Collins public works project, it provides a very tangible link to the past, and perhaps the present Fort Collins wouldn’t exist as it does without this industrial works.

Watch the Water Works Video

Links to the past

 
 
 
 

Goals

  • Ensure that our historic river heritage has relevance to 21st-century audiences and learners
  • Motivate current and future generations to share in the preservation of the Poudre River
  • Build a museum that is a powerful and compelling cultural asset to the community

Outcomes

• Interpret the significance of water to Colorado’s past, present and future
• Increase awareness, education and stewardship of the Poudre River
• Make a positive impact on local tourism
• Facilitate pride of place
• Empower visitors to learn more about history, culture, and historic preservation – particularly related to water
• Build a connection to history and water, and ownership of our culture

The Campaign for Cache

The Poudre Heritage Alliance (PHA) raises awareness about water issues and connects people to their water heritage in the Cache la Poudre River National Heritage Area (CALA) through a variety of programs that promote, engage, and inspire!

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