William Stover Microbox  LbNA # 13652

Placed DateMar 6 2005
LocationFort Collins, CO
Found ByWalksWithGod (Attempted)
Last UpdateJan 10 2009


***This box may be missing again. I will remove this text once I can confirm***

This box went missing after one finder and has now been replaced with a microbox as of 5/21/05.

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

William Stover was born into a wealthy family in Virginia, later moving to Indiana. In the spring of 1860, Williams father sent him west with horses, a wagon, clothing and provision in an attempt to start his own life. When he arrived in the Poudre Valley at age 19 Stover sold everything for a squatters claim south of present day Loveland. The following spring he used all of his money to buy potato seed and planted them in hopes of a huge profit. When his provisions ran out, Stover had to dig up his potatoes to eat himself. By winter, Stover had eaten all of his own crop and had nothing to sell. To make matters worse, William had not proper shoes, only gunny sacks made into moccasins, and the weather was getting cold. He and a friend walked all of the way to Boulder, borrowed eight dollars, and bought a pair of boots. Stover paid back the eight dollars the following year by putting up hay. He then sold his land and left the Poudre Valley for Virginia City, Montana and the gold rush. A couple of years later he returned to Indiana to borrow more money from his father, bought a fleet of wagons, stocked them with provisions and headed back to Montana. Flour was selling for $100 a sack and Stover made $5000 on that trip. After many more trips, Stover sold his equipment, paid back his father, and returned to the Poudre Valley. In 1870 he moved north to Fort Collins and in the company of John Mathews, bought out Joseph Mason’s store. Since it was the only general store in the area, Stover did very well.

In 1881 William Stover partnered with Abner Loomis to build the Poudre Valley Bank, costing $32,000. The bank later became the Linden Hotel. This bank was to compete with Franklin Avery’s new bank. The Loomis Andrews Building stands at the corner of Linden and Walnut.

There will be a first finder “prize” for the first finder of this letterbox. ENJOY!


1. Find the street in town named for this historical person and head to it’s midpoint.

2. Near this point you will find a building that used to be an elementary school with a mascot of a Bulldog. Park in the back parking lot.

3. Towards the east side of the parking lot you will see a tan shed and mobile classroom. Walk between these buildings toward an intersection of two different types of fences. Between these fences under some leaves and sticks is where the original box was hidden.

4. Now turn around and find the very tall metal pole. Notice that there is a square concrete pad poured that the pole sits on. Walk to the south east corner and slowly remove the gravel/rock to reveal the new hiding place of the microbox.

Since this is a public place, please be discreet. Leave a short message in the journal if you wish. If you want, please let me know when you find the box and it‘s condition. Also when you are done there is a children’s playground here for young letterboxers if interested. I also highly recommend going inside the building for a small fee if you enjoy the sciences. After you are done, check out the other letterboxes in Northern Colorado.

Planted by Ramdelt.
A handmade stamp, journal.