Towns covered by the North Forty News

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.

The North Forty News is published by

6000 Bees LLC
P.O. Box 250
Wellington, CO 80549

Phone: 970-221-0213
Email: info@northfortynews.com
Office address: 3745 Cleveland Ave., Wellington
Office hours: 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. M-F

Image of Map Showing N40 Area
• Adriel Hills • Bellvue • Bonner Peak • Buckeye • Carr • Dean Acres • Douglas Road • Eagle Lake • Fort Collins • Highland Acres • Horestooth • LaPorte • Linden Lake • Livermore • Poudre Canyon • Red Feather Lakes • Rist Canyon • Stove Prairie • Terry Lake • Timnath • Virginia Dale • Waverly • Wellington

“Striving to be a small, credible voice in a big, complicated world.” – North Forty News, March, 1995


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