A guest blogger for History Colorado, Brian Cooke has worked as a writer and editor for more than twenty years. His past volunteer work has included leading night tours on Alcatraz and answering questions at Deadman Lookout Tower near Red Feather Lakes, Colorado. Brian currently writes for a market research firm and for the US Forest Service. He also writes blogs for Visit Fort Collins.
The decision to landmark our house in Fort Collins’ historic Old Town neighborhood didn’t come easily. It was about six years ago: My wife and I had recently moved to Colorado from an apartment on a busy street in San Francisco, and we were looking forward to owning our first house together—with as few complications as possible.
On a lonely stretch of highway about 100 miles north of Denver, there’s a sign for a town where no town exists: Virginia Dale, Colorado. There’s a boarded-up post office, a tiny community church, and a Colorado historical site marker that may or may not catch your eye as you drive by on US Highway 287 at seventy-five miles an hour.