Ann Smith — Nashville, Tennessee.
Camp Collins was located near Laporte, on the banks of the Cache la Poudre, a few miles northwest of downtown Fort Collins. The U.S. Army established it on June 22, 1862, to protect the Butterfield Overland Mail route and emigrant wagon trains from American Indian attacks.
Two years later, after a flood washed out the camp, Fort Collins was built four miles farther along the Cache la Poudre River. The Army abandoned the post three years later, and the area opened for settlement. Nothing remains of the fort today.
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