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Due to its location, the city is a prime business hub and the location of many corporate headquarters. The federal government and state government have offices in the city as well, being the capital of the State of Colorado.
Fort Collins has its origins as a small military outpost near the former Camp Collins. Units from the United States Army noted the good land in the area for a fort and later on settlement by the masses headed west.
The area was first incorporated as a town in 1867, and the county seat for Larimer County was relocated from Laporte to the community the following year.
Population growth continued through the 1880's, although at times there were tensions between the new incoming settlers and those who had lived their for several years. This cause political division amount the residents.
The 1880's also brought about a boom in construction. Several landmarks were constructed at this time, giving the city it's current feel today. At this time the primary industries for the city and region was stone quarrying, sheep slaughter, and sugar beet farming.
In 1901, the neighboring city of Loveland was formed by a sugar refiner in the city.
World War Two brought the city to greater wealth and the population doubled after the end of the war. Economic reform occurred not long after due to the shuttering of the sugar beet refiner and the opening of the Colorado State University campus nearby. This campus was a hotbed for reform in a politically conservative city.
The city began to grow again just before Doomsday, and the city council was debating restructuring the local government.
Fort Collins, being the fifth largest in the state, with a population of approximately 65,000 on Doomsday, was not a target with few strategic locations around the city.
Much of the infrastructure in the city has been renovated since Doomsday.
Fort Collins has several high rises throughout the city. There has been some new planned construction for the near future, but no new buildings have been constructed since Doomsday.
Most of the buildings are on the campus of Colorado State University. Others are scattered around the city.
The tallest building in the city is First National Tower. It is a 158 foot tall high rise, built in 1968. There are 10 floors in the building, and it is used for commercial office space.
The Key Bank Tower is 11 stories and 156 feet high. The high rise was constructed in 1968 as well. It is also used for commercial offices. The federal government rents space for the Department of Treasury.
The population of Fort Collins, as of the 2010 US Census was found to be 145,072 citizens living in the city. This is almost a two and a quarter increase in population over the pass three decades.
The city's racial profile is 90.3% White, 2.6% Black, 1% Amerindian, 2.5% Asian, 3.7 mixed race, and 1.2% other.
Being the largest city in Colorado and the United States, Fort Collins has a well planned out and extensive transportation network. Service for mass transit is provided for most of the week.
Fort Collins has one of the largest mass transit systems in the former United States, operating Transfort, a public transportation busing network.
Buses operate all week. Thy run from 6 AM until 11 PM, except on Saturday when they run from 10 AM until midnight, and Sunday from 8 AM until 1 AM.
There are 22 routes served by 50 buses of varying sizes. Route fares are between ten cents and a dollar depending on the distance.
All of the buses in use have been manufactured by Alliance Motors in Nebraska. Prior to there acquisition, the system used a hodgepodge of salvaged buses, vans, and horse drawn buses. They have all since been replaced by the new vehicles.
Trolleys have made a comeback, with the extensive network being refurbished and new cars being brought online in early 2007. The trolley system is also operated by Transfort. Each car is fully electrified, and they operate Monday to Saturday, from 8 AM until 10 PM.
Taxis are operated by Transfort. Most operate primarily on weekends and holidays.
They are the traditional yellow cab, and can be hailed on the street or chartered from the home base.
Fort Collins operates one of the largest airports in the new United States, Fort Collins/Loveland International Airport. Flights from Canada, Utah, Kentucky, Alaska, Texas, and Victoria all utilize this airport as the main point of entry into the nation.
It has two runways, one that is 8500 feet long (2591 meters), and a second, shorter runway of 2273 feet (693 meters). Both are paved, and the longer runway is lit at night.
Prior to Doomsday there was no control tower. On July 4th, 2005 a new control tower was unveiled to increase safety and coordination between flights.
A second smaller airport, named the Fort Collins Downtown Airport is primarily used by the United States Air Force as a military facility. There are two runways, both paved. One is 5326 feet long (1623 meters), and the other is 3400 feet in length (1036 meters).
Private Automobile Usage
Privately owned vehicles are primarily used by the upper class, upper middle class, politicians, and the military. Due to the scarcity of oil from Nebraska, cars are issued ration cards for oil and gasoline. Some pre-Doomsday cars have been converted to wood gas or biofuel by their owners.
Still, traffic is light even during rush hour. Traffic lights are common, but due to the lack of automobiles are shut off after midnight until six in the morning.
Horse and buggy are more common in the outer edges of the city where there is space for grazing. Some parks have space for people to leave horses to graze while they go shopping for supplies or just enjoy the city.
Bikes have made a huge comeback especially for those living in the city proper. There are many bike racks in the downtown area as well as scattered on the University of Colorado's campus and the suburbs of the city.
Fort Collins, along with Fargo, Moorhead, and Eugene is one of the biggest industrial centers in the new United States. They are many breweries here with Rockies Brewing Co., Hunter Beer, and Morton Brewery just a few in the top ten. The largest brewing company is Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. The company collapsed after Doomsday in the chaos, but local entrepreneurs refused to allow this American Classic die.
Fort Collins is also home to Equinox Electronics and Union Electrical Products. They produce radios, record players, and electric lights.
Headquarters and other business centers of important companies are operated here as well, being a relatively central location between Salem, Fargo/Moorhead, Billings, and Garden City. Many pre-Doomsday companies, such as Bank of America, the American Broadcasting Company (ABC), Western Union, Radio Corporation of America (RCA), and many others.
With the city being the capital of Colorado, all state government offices have relocated to the downtown area. Many individuals have jobs working for either the state or federal authorities.
Colorado State University in Fort Collins provides many jobs, as well as the education for many individuals and politicians. A majority of the educated population in Fort Collins attended CSU at some point.
Due to the size of the city, there are many education venues operating in the city. Fort Collins is home to several primary, and secondary education school and colleges.
They have aided in reconstruction since Doomsday and stimulate the local economy.
Poudre School District provides primary education to the city and all of Larimer County. The district operates several pre-K and kindergartens, 30 elementary schools, 10 middle schools, and 4 high schools throughout the area.
Higher education is provided by Colorado State University, and Front Range Community College. Both were opened prior to Doomsday, but closed afterwards due to the chaos in the state. After the end of the Lakota War, Colorado State was reopened in an attempt to begin reconstruction. Today it is one of the largest universities in the new United States. It is also part of the University of Colorado program.