FORT COLLINS - LOOKING BACK
1890 Skating on Sheldon Lake
The Avery Children: Ethel, Louise (Mettie) and Edgar Avery, children of Franklin and Sara Avery, circa 1887.
"It was quite a pleasant morning. Cousin Horace, Ethel, Mettie and I went to school. After supper Horace and I hitched up my pony Chubby and went out to Sheldon Lake to a skating party" wrote Edgar one winter day in 1890.
Edgar Avery's diary, written in 1890 when he was 12 years old, gives us a glimpse of the everyday life of the Avery family, including skating in what would later become City Park.
Now is your chance to enjoy Fort Collins as the Avery Family did in earlier days. The ice is currently safe for ice skating on City Park Sheldon Lake and Fossil Creek Park pond. City staff monitors the thickness of the ice daily at both parks, so please be sure to check the signs. As long as they show "Open", have fun daily between 5 a.m. and 11 p.m. If they show "closed" please be sure not to go onto the ice. Also for your safety, please stay within the barricaded boundaries.
Take your loved ones and enjoy this free, fun activity straight out of Fort Collins history!
The Avery House is open for tours Saturdays and Sundays from 1 - 4 p.m.
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