Legends of Larimer County

Fire house on North side of Walnut Street, c. 1983
Fire house on North side of Walnut Street

Through the years, people have made research inquiries about various legends that are based on fiction. Two of the most well known fictional stories are about the subway under Fort Collins and the Gruber mining company's gold coins. However, Fort Collins also has legends that are based on fact, such as Fort Collins being the inspiration for Disneyland's Main Street USA.

Donna Rosenberg, in her book Folklore, Myth, and Legends: A World Perspective, states:

"A legend is a story from the past about a subject that was, or is believed to have been, historical. Legends concern people, places, and events. Usually, the subject is a saint, a king, a hero, a famous person, or a war. A legend is always associated with a particular place and a particular time in history."

Please contact us if you have a well-known local legend that we can include on this web page-truth or fiction.

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