46. Ride the Fort Collins Municipal Railway

Commonly referred to as “the trolley,” the Birney Safety Car 21 running up and down Mountain avenue has become a Fort Collins icon. The Fort Collins Municipal Railway provided daily public transportation from 1907 until 1951. The main route was up and down Mountain, north and south lines went as far south as Pitkin and as far north as Vine. I imagine anything beyond that was considered the styx back then. After service was discontinued in 1951, car 21 sat in a park for nearly 30 years until in 1977,  a tedious, 7 year restoration by volunteers returned it to working order.  A new track had to be built as well. The 1.5 mile route from from City Park to the intersection of Mountain and Howes took 5 years to complete. This was all done by volunteers from the Fort Collins Municipal Railway Society without any city money! The trolley now runs May through September, every Saturday and Sunday and some holidays from noon to 5pm. The 3 mile round trip takes about 30 minutes and is a just a dollar for adults, kids 2-12 ride for 50 cents (under two is free). On Mother’s and Father’s day the honored ones ride free. You can board the trolled at City Park near the tennis courts or at the following intersections: Mountain and Shields, Mountain and Loomis and Mountain and Howes.

Half the fun of a trolley ride is seeing incalculable joy on the faces of the little ones. Looking to spoil that niece, nephew or grandchild? This is your ticket to being the forever favorite.

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