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

Dedicated to the Memory of Antoine Janis

 
 
Marker Dedicated to the Memory of Antoine Janis. image. Click for full size.
By Michael O'Neill, June 6, 2021
1. Marker Dedicated to the Memory of Antoine Janis.
Inscription.  
1844-1916
Dedicated to
the Memory of
Antoine Janis
First Settler
in Larimer County
Colorado


 
Erected 1916 by Daughters of the American Revolution Cache La Poudre Chapter.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1844.
 
Location. 40° 37.911′ N, 105° 9.201′ W. Marker is in Laporte, Colorado, in Larimer County. Marker is at the intersection of Galway Drive and Cork Drive, on the right on Galway Drive. Backed up along the roadside to large open field identified as the original location of the cabin of Antoine Janis. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Laporte CO 80535, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. This log house was built by French trader Sam Deon in 1858 (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Cache la Poudre River (approx. 0.9 miles away); In 1862 This Log House was Used as a Station House (approx. one mile away); Old Flowers Store and Post Office
View of Antoine Janis Marker as approached from the north. image. Click for full size.
By Michael O'Neill, June 6, 2021
2. View of Antoine Janis Marker as approached from the north.
The Marker is approximately 50 yards south of US287B.
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(approx. one mile away); The Flowers House (approx. one mile away); Poudre Valley Bank/Salvation Army (approx. 5.1 miles away); 218 Linden (approx. 5.1 miles away); The Historic Fort Collins Weather Station (approx. 5.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Laporte.
 
Also see . . .
1. Antoine Janis Marker, DAR website.
Antoine Janis first came to Larimer County in 1836 as a boy of twelve with his father who was leading a large party of French trappers and employees of the American Fur Company to Green River, Wyoming. In 1844, Janis returned to the Cache La Poudre Valley and was given many acres of valley land by his friend, Bold Wolf, a chief of the Arapahoes.
(Submitted on June 7, 2021, by Michael O'Neill of Livermore, Colorado.) 

2. Antoine Janis (Fort Collins History Connection). For an excellent summary of the historical context of this early settler, the Fort Collins History Connection provides more detail.
Antoine Janis is believed to have been the first Euro-American settler in Larimer County. Janis was born in Missouri to French parents and his father freighted supplies from St. Louis to
Log cabin residence of Antoine Janis image. Click for full size.
By Michael O'Neill, June 6, 2021
3. Log cabin residence of Antoine Janis
Since 1938 on display at the City of Fort Collins Library Park, Mathews and Olive Streets.
Wyoming during the heyday of the fur trade. In the waning days of that era, Janis again passed through the Cache la Poudre Valley. Charmed by its beauty, he staked out a squatter's claim west of the present site of Laporte in 1844. Janis reported that when he claimed the area, "the streams were all very high and the valley black with buffalo...and I thought the Poudre valley was the loveliest spot on earth...." Janis marked his property in the event that settlement came to the area, but did not erect a residence at that time.
(Submitted on June 7, 2021, by Michael O'Neill of Livermore, Colorado.) 
 
Signage at Antoine Janis Cabin, Library Park image. Click for full size.
By Michael O'Neill, June 6, 2021
4. Signage at Antoine Janis Cabin, Library Park
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 8, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 7, 2021, by Michael O'Neill of Livermore, Colorado. This page has been viewed 64 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 7, 2021, by Michael O'Neill of Livermore, Colorado. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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