LOCAL NEWS SINCE 1993 – READ COVER TO COVER
Founded in 1993, the North Forty News is a monthly newspaper and daily hyperlocal website (at NorthFortyNews.com) that covers interesting people, events and historical topics in Wellington, Fort Collins, Timnath and northern Larimer County, Colorado.
“Striving to be a small, credible voice in a big, complicated world.” – North Forty News, March, 1995
NORTH FORTY NAME ROOTED IN HISTORY
The term “north forty” from which this paper takes its name, has agricultural roots tied to the Homestead Act of 1862. The Homestead Act allowed for the transfer of 160 acres (a quarter section) of unoccupied public land to each homesteader on payment of a nominal fee after five years of residence or a fee of $1.25 an acre after six months of residence.
Homesteads were generally laid out in four quarters on a north, south, east and west square of 40 acres each. “North forty” was a reference to the northern most block of the homesteader’s property. Subsequently, rural people referred to property as the “north forty,” the “south forty” or even the “back forty.” It does not always mean an actual 40 acres — it could be more, or it could be less. Hence, the North Forty News — reaching the northernmost part of Larimer County and covering acres and acres of people and places!
— Provided by David M. Knotts