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Ross Proving-Up House Grand Opening Celebration is November 15

Released on Tuesday, November 6, 2018
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Fort Collins, CO – The City of Fort Collins and Cache la Poudre National Heritage Area are pleased to announce the restoration of the Ross Proving-Up House has been completed. A ribbon cutting celebration will be held at The Farm, 600 N. Sherwood, on Thursday, November 15 from 4-5:30 p.m.

In 1890 the Ross family filed a homestead claim for the land that is now known as 1600 W. Horsetooth Road. In addition to farming the land, the Ross’ built a one-room house to “prove up” their claim to meet requirements of the Homestead Act. After doing so, the law granted them legal ownership of the land. The house belonged to the Ross family for 87 years, before it’s sale in 1977.

Since then, the Ross Proving-Up House was donated to the City of Fort Collins and underwent a historical restoration during the summer of 2018. Surrounded by The Farm’s own agricultural history, this former homestead house has found a new home at last.

The preservation of this historical building would not have been possible without the generosity of Poudre Heritage Alliance, Cache la Poudre National Heritage Area, as well as multiple City of Fort Collins Departments including: Historic Preservation, Streets, Utilities, Operation Services, Parks, Park Planning & Development, and Recreation.

About the Cache la Poudre River National Heritage Area

The Cache la Poudre River National Heritage Area (CALA) tells the story of the river where Western Water Law began and still informs the use of water throughout the arid West today. CALA shares the long struggle to sustain a viable agricultural economy and meet the growing needs of a diverse and expanding population, while conserving the Poudre River’s health.

CALA’s 501(c)3 nonprofit managing entity - the Poudre Heritage Alliance – promotes a variety of historical and cultural opportunities; engages people in their river corridor; and inspires learning, preservation, and stewardship. Find out more at