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Fort Collins in Larimer County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Auntie Stone Cabin

 
 
Auntie Stone Cabin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, December 24, 2011
1. Auntie Stone Cabin Marker
Inscription. This two-story cabin is a classic example of American frontier log construction. Sixty-three year old Elizabeth "Auntie" Stone and her second husband Lewis arrived in this area in 1864. The Army granted them permission to build a private residence on the Fort Collins military reservation; this cabin remains as the only surviving structure of 22 buildings from the original military fort. The cabin doubled as the Officers Mess until the fort closed in 1867. In later years it functioned as the town's first school, hotel, boarding house, and private residence.

After the death of Lewis, Auntie Stone's widowed niece, Elizabeth Keays moved into the cabin with her. In an 1866, diary entry, Keays noted "my private room has an ingrain carpet, nice bed, window, with a nice sunset view , with hills and the pretty Cache-a-la-Poudre."

With the aid of Henry Clay Peterson, Auntie Stone established the area's first gristmill and brickyard. A cherished and respected businesswoman, she worked for the suffrage movement as well as the Woman's Christian Temperance Union. Auntie Stone contributed greatly to the moral and economic quality of the community until her death at age 94 in 1895.
 
Erected by Fort Collins Breakfast Rotary Club. Fort Collins Museum.
 
Location.
Auntie Stone Cabin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, December 24, 2011
2. Auntie Stone Cabin Marker
40° 35.083′ N, 105° 4.427′ W. Marker is in Fort Collins, Colorado, in Larimer County. Marker is on Mathews Street. Click for map. Located at the old Fort Collins Carnegie Library (Museum), between E Olive and E Oak Streets. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Collins CO 80524, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Carnegie Library (here, next to this marker); Antoine Janis Cabin (within shouting distance of this marker); Blunck House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mosman House (about 500 feet away); Donated Land for the Agricultural College (approx. 0.6 miles away); Elwood Mead (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Historic Fort Collins Weather Station (approx. 0.9 miles away); Lone Tree School (approx. 11.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Collins.
 
Regarding Auntie Stone Cabin. "The Cache la Poudre (River)"- The name of the river means "Hide the powder" in French. It refers to an incident in the 1820s when French trappers, caught by a snowstorm, were forced to bury part of their gunpowder along the banks of the river.
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Auntie Stone Cabin, with porch image. Click for full size.
By Auntie Stone Cabin Marker, Fort Collins Museum, 1909
3. Auntie Stone Cabin, with porch
Auntie Stone Cabin, as seen today image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, December 24, 2011
4. Auntie Stone Cabin, as seen today
Auntie Stone Cabin and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, December 24, 2011
5. Auntie Stone Cabin and Marker
 
 
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