Auntie Stone  LbNA # 13192

Placed DateJan 22 2005
LocationFort Collins, CO
Found By Ramdelt
Last Found May 23 2015
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Auntie Stone

*** Box confirmed alive and well 5/23/2015***

This letterbox is the forth in a series commemorating the history of Northern Colorado, and will take you to various outdoor historical sites.

Elizabeth Hickok was born in 1801 in Hartford, Connecticut. At the age of 22 she married Ezekiel Robbins, followed by Lewis Stone in 1857. In 1962 the Stones arrived in Denver by “prairie schooner” where the couple witnessed their first view of the snow-capped Rockies.

The Stones soon left Denver and moved to Camp Collins which was a frontier post that consisted of tents and a few log houses. Soldiers were stationed there to protect white settlers. Shortly after their arrival, the Stones applied for a building permit to build a structure to be used for an officer’s mess and their home. This was a new venture for them (opening a boarding house on a raw frontier border), but Mrs. Elizabeth Stone was a resourceful person and had been on other frontiers. She had no fear of hardships for she had endured many in her 63 years of life. She was the first white woman in Camp Collins and the only woman there for nearly a year. The mess house would become the first dwelling house erected in what is now the City of Fort Collins.

In 1866 Lewis Stone died leaving Elizabeth widowed for the second time. At the age of 64, she became known to the officers and men of the post as “Auntie Stone”. In 1868 Elizabeth and H.C. Peterson partnered to build a flour mill (now Ranchway Feeds), the second one in Northern Colorado. In 1870 they built a kiln, the first in this area of the country to “fire” bricks to build the first brick house in Fort Collins. She also expanded her mess house to that of a hotel, the first to be opened and operated in Fort Collins. Auntie Stone’s house still stands today and will be the focal point for this letterbox.

Auntie Stone has many other stories attributed to her name but I will stop here and hope that you will look her up and learn more about this amazing woman of Fort Collins. There will be a special surprise as well as a first finder “certificate” for the first finder of this letterbox. If however, you already have one of these items, please take the first finder “certificate” but leave the other item for the first finder that does not already have one. ENJOY!


1. Please note that this box is only accessible on Saturday's from noon to 6:00pm from May to October. If you are there during that time frame and the gates are locked, you will need to go inside the building and ask someone to open the gates as I did today (5/23/2015)

2. Auntie Stone’s home was originally located in the area that is now the intersection of Jefferson and Linden Streets. To preserve the home, it was removed and placed a couple of blocks south.

3. Urmw gev olxzgrlm lu gsv Ulig Xloormh oryizib zmw nfhvfn. Due to the history in this location, please use extreme care.

4. Once you have gone to this location you will find Auntie Stone’s homes new location. When no one is looking, walk around the back of the house on the south side. Under stones at the south west corner of the house is the previous location of the Auntie Stone Letterbox. Someone has recently move the box to the base of the red fireplace next door (Antoine Janis Cabin).

Please attempt to hide the box better than you found it as this location can draw many people that may not appreciate letterboxing the way that you an I do. Also, since this is a very public place, please be discreet. Leave a message in the journal if you wish.
If you want, please let me know when you find the box and it‘s condition. After you are done, check out the other letterboxes in Northern Colorado.

Planted by Ramdelt.
A handmade stamp, pen, journal, and stamp pad.