Acknowledgement

This accounting gives enormous credit to Father Robert Reycraft for his thorough research in 1975 in documenting the early history of Fort Collins and the first 100 years of St. Joseph Parish. The parish is most grateful for his rich and personal chronicle of the early pioneers, missionaries and priests who shaped our area and place of worship.

Many thanks to the Archdiocese of Denver and the Fort Collins Library for making available the records and documents used in researching this history.

The parish owes a debt of gratitude to Dennis Sheahan for his beautiful and detailed cover drawing for this history

Lastly, we cannot forget the contributions of the many parishioners, their stories, and encounters that make St. Joseph Parish the spiritual, warm, inviting and supportive community it is today. It is not possible to list each by name lest one be forgotten.

– Mary Ann Burridge, author

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