Upcoming Events

August 17: Highlands Ranch Historical Society's Downtown Aquarium RTD Tour
August 19: Cherokee Ranch Hike - Backcountry
August 19: Douglas County Open Space at Prairie Canyon Ranch
August 19: Roxborough Kiln Fundraiser
August 20: Sunday Blues Series #3: Jack Hadley LIVE at Cherokee Castle
August 21: Highlands Ranch Historical Society's Writing for Pleasure ...for Profit
August 23: Cherokee Ranch and Castle sponsors Arts Afield - Ranch Headquarters
August 24: Highlands Ranch Historical Society hosts Hammond Candy Factory RTD Tour
August 26: Louviers Clubhouse - 100 Years Anniversary Celebration
August 26: Cherokee Ranch Geology Hike
August 26: Walking Tour of Downtown Castle Rock
August 27: Cherokee Ranch Geology Hike

August Cherokee Castle
Recurring Events

...August 10, 17, 19, 24, 25 & 31: Public Tours of Cherokee Castle
...August 4, 11 & 18: Lunch on the Terrance
...August 2 & 16: Afternoon Tea
...August 19: High Noon Tea
...August 13 & 27: Sunday Brunch



For programs, concerts, teas and tours at Cherokee Castle, go to their the Castle website at http://cherokeeranch.org and check their Events page.


ALSO ..don't forget to check the Around the West to find events outside of Douglas County.

2018 HISTORIC CALENDAR

The HDC 2018 Book-calendar was released on August 3rdStrife and Success is the third in the series of Telling the History of Douglas County. The 2018 Book-calendar provides insight to the about Douglas County during the first three decades of the twentieth cent, 1900 - 1930. Learn more about the 2018 Book-calendar and how to obtain one at 2018 Book-Calendar.

Historic Douglas County Coverlet

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Douglas County Libraries Monthly Events

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Historic Douglas County, Inc. Mission:

The purpose of Historic Douglas County is to expand and enrich public awareness of Douglas County history through education and communication, and through support and coordination among local historical organizations and other related groups.

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Colorado Trivia… “Did you know?”

HIGHEST CLIMB… The highest vertical climb is not on a mountain, but up the north side of the Black Canyon.. Rising 1,700 feet, this sheer rock face is even higher than the famous Diamond on Longs Peak and was not conquered until 1969.

DEEPEST SNOW… In 1899 Crested Butte recorded 254 inches of snow near the top of Kebler Pass. That year, snow buried a train near Leadville and left only stove pipes showing above cabins at many mountain towns. Usually, Wolf Creek Pass near Pagosa Springs gets the most snow in Colorado.

OLDEST HOTEL… The Peck House in the town of Empire, near Berthoud Pass, is Colorado’s oldest hotel. It was built in 1859 by James Peck. Early guests included President Ulysses S. Grant and other famous people.

HIGHEST TOWN… Leadville is the highest incorporated town in Colorado and the entire United States at 10,200 feet. It has also had the highest rate of premature babies in the United States. Researchers concluded that the altitude causes smaller babies.

LARGEST NUGGET… The biggest gold nugget in Colorado weighed 135 ounces and was found near Breckenridge in 1887 by miner Tom Broves. The biggest silver nugget weighed 1,840 pounds and was found at an Aspen mine in 1894.

LARGEST ELK ANTLERS… Measuring 52 inches at the widest point, the antlers of an elk killed in 1899 near Crested Butte are still on display at that town’s visitor center. In 1961, Boone and Crockett researchers declared it to be the largest elk rack in history.

TOUGHEST CLIMATE… No crops are grown around the town of Silverton, north of Durango. At 9,318 feet elevation, Silverton’s growing season between frosts is only two weeks. San Juan County is purportedly the only county in the U.S. without a single acre of agricultural land.

WORST DROUGHT… About every 40 years, Colorado experiences a drought, according to tree-ring researchers. The worst was in the 1200’s. It lasted 25 years and may have driven the Indians from Mesa Verde. During the Dust Bowl on the eastern plains, one cloud of dust on April 4, 1935, gathered itself to 1,000 feet high and 200 miles wide. It traveled at 60 miles an hour, suffocated hundreds of animals and damaged many people’s health.

DRIEST TOWN… Delta, southeast of Grand Junction, gets less rain per year than Tucson, Arizona.

MUSICAL DUNES… Winds blowing around the Great Sand Dunes near Alamosa create sounds resembling music. That’s how Music Pass above the dunes got its name.

WOMEN‘S RIGHTS Colorado was the second state in the United States to give women the right to vote. Wyoming was the first. You would think the eastern states would have been more progressive, but it took the frontier adventure to make men realize how strong and intelligent women were.

“Now you know!”

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