Fort Collins in Larimer County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Antoine Janis Cabin
Antoine Janis built this cabin of ponderosa pine, cut flat on the exterior and interior sides with a broadax, a tool designed for flattening logs. Vertical score cuts still mark the length of each log. The half dovetail corner notches form a self-draining and permanently interlocked notching system.
Janis and other settlers established Colona, the first townsite in Larimer County. In addition to farming, Janis worked as an interpreter for the U.S. Army in 1855, earning an annual salary of $400. He served as a for-hire guide, gold prospector, fur trapper and trader. In 1878, the U.S. government forced the relocation of the Oglala Indians to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, compelling Antoine to move. In 1880 he sold his cabin for $4,500. Janis lived on the reservation with his family until his death in 1890. Fort Collins citizens moved the Janis cabin to Library Park in 1939, and reconstructed it as part of the Works Project
The Fort Collins Museum grew from this early historic preservation effort.
Erected by Fort Collins Museum, Fort Collins Breakfast Rotary Club.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects marker series.
Location. 40° 35.067′ N, 105° 4.428′ W. Marker is in Fort Collins, Colorado, in Larimer County. Marker is on Mathews Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located between E Olive and E Oak Streets, old Fort Collins Library Museum Park. 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 walking distance of this marker. Auntie Stone Cabin (within shouting distance of this marker); Carnegie Library (within shouting distance of this marker); Blunck House (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mosman House (about 500 feet away); The William C. Stover House (approx. ¼ mile 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. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Collins.
Categories. • Settlements & Settlers •
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