Historic Douglas County, Inc.
Wow! It’s August in Douglas County! Here we are right-smack-dab in traditionally the hottest month of the year …and, “hottest of the year” is not only just a descriptor of our Colorado temperatures but also of our big historic, family events in and around Douglas County. August is Fair and Rodeo-time in Douglas County! And, when you attend this big Fair and Rode event, be sure to visit Historic Douglas County, Inc. (HDC) in the event center. HDC will be there along with most of the historical societies and historical organizations in the County! Stop by our booth on your way in or out of the Fairgrounds …or, here’s a “Tarnation, its hot out there” suggestion, take a break from the heat of the Fairgrounds and come see us in the Event Center. The Event Center is air conditioned! You’ll not only cool your body, you’ll get some insight on some of the great things in history happening in and around all parts of the County.
If you weren’t able to keep up with all of the history events in July, you likely won’t come close to attending all of the events in August. The month of July had a lot of events and entertainment. They say, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” That’s not quite the case here but the collages on the left and right give you a glimpse of the flavor of what went on during the month. Many educational programs were presented such as Castle Rock Historical Society’s Jim Hansman’s Civilian Conservation Corps, the Cherokee Ranch & Castle’s The Kennedy Detail with Author Gerald Blaine and Highland Ranch Historical Society’s Buffalo Bill Experience. Down south of the County border, Palmer Lake Historical Society presented an interesting collection of Stories You May Not Have Heard. Along with the educational material, there were a treasure chest full of musical entries from country to Cajun and on into brass, with Cherokee Ranch and Castle offering the lion’s share of the musical entertainment. And tours …my goodness, there were a number with Castle Rock Historical Society and Parker Area Historical Society doing heritage walking tours of their respective communities. Roxborough Area Historical Society and Douglas County Open Space conducted a tour of the Lamb Spring archeological digs as well as Roxborough doing tours of the Miksch-Helmer Cabin. Highlands Ranch Historical Society conducted a Buffalo Bill’s Grave tour. Larkspur Historical Society and Castle Rock Historical Society teamed up with Historical Douglas County, Inc. in conducting a History Colorado tour of Greenland, Spring Valley Cemetery and Castle Rock.
Special mention needs to be given to the Castle Rock Museum who held their grand opening reception of their newest exhibit on July 26, Building with Rhyolite. See recent article under News . Congratulations, Castle Rock! Wow! July was jam packed! But, let’s get into August!
Colorado Agriculture Leadership Foundation ( (CALF) opens the month of August on August 1 with their annual Legend of Agriculture Award Dinner honoring rancher Larry Carnahan with the prestigious Legend of Agriculture award.
In El Paso County, our good neighbors to the south at Palmer Laker are holding another annual event (August 2), their widely known Return of the Rocky Mountain Chautauqua. If you’ve never been to a Chautauqua; don’t miss this one!
Douglas County Fair & Rodeo is definitely the focal point of early August in Douglas County. August 7 through 10 provides all you can handle. Great rodeo fun is the early on favorite on the Fair schedule; this is good rodeo! Exhibits and the 4H sales are get fun as well and you’ll warm your heart with all the hard work the 4H-ers go through to reach the pinnacle of achievement in the “live” auction-selling of the fruit of their labors of love. You’ll learn all sorts of stuff from all the exhibits …ranging from livestock care and home living and healthy living tips to history …yes, remember I said that HDC will be at the fair as well as the historical societies? I do want to mention that HDC will be introducing it 2015 historic calendar at the Fair …be sure to get your collectible copy …more about the calendar in a bit. At the Douglas County Fair there’s loads of entertainment of all ilks, including lots of music and a parade. There’s food that ranges from great barbecue to candy cotton as well. If you like the carnival atmosphere with its blood-pumping rides and the games of chance with which you can win your spouse or your significant other that memorable teddy bear, the DC Fair has that as well. Enjoy the Douglas County Fair and Rodeo …it is one of the best county fairs in the Country.
August holds all sorts of educational events …many of which don’t get posted to the Events Calendar until the month in which it is held. That’s why you need to check the HDC Events Calendar periodically during the month to see what is new! Parker Area Historical Society will be presenting Life in Ancient Israel …Archaeological Excavations in Ashkelon. The Wildlife Experience will be doing their second in a series of Campfire Series at Schweiger Ranch at historic Schweiger Ranch and Douglas County Open Space and Douglas Land Conservancy will be sponsoring Open Space Day at Prairie Canyon Ranch …Prairie Canyon Ranch is one of those bucolic places you can lose yourself traveling back through time. There are also two neat genealogical programs in August as well: Palmer Lake Historical Society presenting Chuck Loeffler outlining Finding Your Roots and Parker Genealogical Society presenting Diane Barbour with Early Eastern Migration. Cherokee Ranch & Castle has five big musical events and Castle Rock Historical Society will be conducting more walking and biking tours of Castle Rock’s Historic Buildings along with presenting Dr. Jeff Broome, July 14, speaking on The Hungate Massacre. Again, WOW! August is hot …and, as said earlier, keep checking the HDC Events Calendar as the number of historic events seem to grow during the year.
August 8, 2014 dateline update: HDC introduced the 2015 Douglas County Historic Calendar, Ranchers of Early Douglas County, at the Douglas County Fair and Rodeo today; the 2015 calendar is now available for purchase. The 2015 Historic Calendar is unique this year for three specific reasons: 1) The calendar will be collectible and produced in a limited number; 2) The calendar celebrates the early pioneering ranchers identified by the unique community areas of Douglas County in which they lived …Glen Grove, Cherry Valley, Lake Gulch, etc. and focuses on a homogenized mix of economic ranching success; and, 3) The 2015 calendar will be the last annual historic calendar that HDC produces. While they last, HDC will be selling them at the public events in which we participate and the calendars are available on this website …see the left sidebar or go directly to go to: Order Calendar. You are definitely going to want this calendar …again, its numbers are limited.
I want to start my “Words this month with a sincere, heart-felt salute to Pat Bowlen and his announcement late last month about his personal decision to step away from the leadership of the Denver Broncos. Pat Bowlen should truly be recognized and remembered as one of the modern day founding fathers of Denver. Mr. Bowlen’s humble, determined, firm leadership of the Broncos was the seed that flourished and was the cornerstone of Denver becoming a nationally recognized sports town and moving the metropolitan area well beyond its old moniker, “Just an overgrown Cow Town. Pat Bowlen’s contribution to Denver, the State of Colorado and professional football set the standard for what a professional sports team owner ought to be will not be forgotten. Mr. Bowlen, thanks and the very best wishes for you and your family. God bless.
Okay, on a totally different note, my frank words about sports… Sorry, folks, but the Rockies suck; there is no way to sugar coat this season, I wonder how long Tulo will be on the DL out with his quad injury? Thank God for the Broncos, training camp started July 24; the Rockies will be in the rear view mirror. I may consider going to (1) Rockies game this month to check out the Party Deck in right field – I’ll let you know! Both the Nuggets and Avs look to be VERY interesting 2014-2015. The Avs should hit their potential while the Nuggets position still has the jury deliberating. But, I like their roster! As you know, this year for the Broncos is simply WIN THE SUPER BOWL OR BUST!!!! Personally, I’d like to see our back-up quarterback get some game time reps …gotta find out what we have. Did you hear the “rumor” that the Broncos might be considering offering Orton a “camp” tryout! I hope both Elway and Fox return from Lake Tahoe (celebrity golf tournament) with the common sense to say, “NO!!!!!” Well, that’s my frank Weglar’s Wise Words for the moment.
Enjoy August in Douglas County,