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2020 Book-Calendar

The HDC 2020 Book-calendar was released on August 2rd 2019 at the Douglas County Fair. The 2020 Book-calendar, The Big Change is the fifth in the series of Telling the History of Douglas County. The 2020 Book-calendar covers the era of 1960 to 1990 …a time fraught with evolutionary changes in the County. Learn more about the 2020 Book-calendar and how to obtain one at 2020 Book-Calendar.

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Berl Meyer Passes…

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 @ 02:01 PM
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Berl Meyer, past president of the Colorado-Cherokee Trail Chapter of the Oregon California Trail Association (OCTA) died on January 20, 2020, in Louisville, Kentucky.

Being the past chapter President, webmaster and newsletter editor for OCTA, Berl was well known and well loved. For those who knew Berl and OCTA members are grateful for his leadership roles he assumed for many years, for his commitment to the mission of OCTA and to the Colorado chapter’s interest in preservation of the Cherokee Trail. Berl will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him.

Berl’s obituary online can be accessed at!/Obituary and



Sunday, October 6, 2019 @ 12:10 PM
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October 5, 2019 (Maguireville): The Eastern Colorado Museums & Historical Societies (ECMHS) held their 9th Annual Conference. This 2019 meeting of the annual event brought together some 29 people from Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert, El PaSo, Lincoln and Kit Carson Counties representing the non-profit museums & historical societies in their respective counties. The organizations shared the many successes and events with each other along with ideas to enhance and assist in furthering and sharing historical information and education of the general public. It was an exciting event and after the formal meeting, the attendees enjoyed magnificent wonders of Maguireville and the gracious hosts, Donna and Jim Maguire. Mother Nature set the background for the day with sunny, cloudless beautiful blue skies.



Friday, July 12, 2019 @ 05:07 PM
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DATELINE JULY, 2019, Wind Crest at Highlands Ranch: History is being made in Highlands Ranch! On the Wind Crest Retirement Community property, Denver Museum of Nature & Science is uncovering bones …dinosaur bones! Thought to be possibly a triceratops or perhaps a ‘saur of a new kind, the “dig” is taking place. Norman Fox, one of Highland Ranch Historical Society’s (HRHS) Board members is tracking and sharing this exciting exciting experience. This archaeological experience is truly “History in the Making!

Norman has written an insightful article about the experience as well as recording it with a few photographs. This “dig” is truly a great adventure and, as Norman says, “It’s happening right in our own back yard!” Norm’s article is truly one which exemplifies how unrelated entities can work together to share knowledge and experiences that records “History in the Making and makes these experiences an educational boon to the general public. West Crest Retirement Community, Denver Museum of Nature & Science and Highlands Ranch Historical Society corroborated to share this article with you. Read this fascinating article at History in the Making, Right Here in Highlands Ranch. Norman’s article is also available as one of the entries on Historic Douglas County’s Picture Galleries. Thanks, Norm and HRHS. Definitely, great work!



Thursday, June 27, 2019 @ 08:06 AM
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DATELINE JUNE 24, 2019, Devil’s Head: After 35 years, 87-year old Billy Ellis officially retired from the U.S. Forest Service. Billy manned the last remaining fire tower operation, Devil’s Head in the Pike National Forest. During the summer, Billy and wife, Margaret, lived in the cabin at the base of the tower and climbed the 135 steps to the tower’s platform. Devil’s Head is one of Colorado’s historical lookout towers, most of which are standing abandoned and unmanned in today’s technology’s fire monitoring systems. Billy worked closely as an integral Forest Service link in their fire prevention and fire alert system. Billy and his manning of the tower, with Margaret’s closely bound assistance, became a legend in Douglas County, the State of Colorado and across this broad nation. Billy will be sorely missed but, as wife Margaret said, “We will really miss it, but it was time.” Congratulations, Billy and great wishes for Margaret’s and Billy’s retirement. We will miss you, Billy. You can view a short video about Billy on Man on Devils Head our HDC’s Picture Galleries page. The video was made about five years ago.



Sunday, June 2, 2019 @ 01:06 PM
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DATELINE JUNE 1, 2019 Larkspur, Colorado:  This morning, Commissioner Lora Thomas, accompanied by Larkspur Mayor Marvin Cardenas, addressed an enthusiastic gathering in Larkspur Community Park, dedicating the 8.6 miles connection of the Colorado Front Range Trail (CFRT) between Columbine Open Space, through the Town of Larkspur along East Plum Creek, to the Greenland Trail. This new, dedicated section of the CFRT joins the New Santa Fe Trail in El Paso County, making a contiguous 56 miles to Fountain, Colorado.

Commission Thomas addressed the overall CFRT project that was initiated in 2003 by Colorado State Parks and supports over 500 stakeholders.  The vision of the CFRT is ultimately to create a multi-purpose trail from New Mexico to Wyoming, connecting communities along the Front Range of Colorado.  When complete, the trail will connect 15 cities, 14 counties and many smaller towns and communities along its 876-mile length.  The Cherry Creek Region Trail in Douglas County provides 17 miles of the CFRT into Denver.

Both Commissioner Thomas and Mayor Cardenas recognized the close partnership between Douglas County and the Town of Larkspur in completing the 8.6-mile segment of the CFRT.  The dedication event was well done with music and ice cream being served.  Mother Nature provided a beautiful morning for the event in Larkspur’s splendid Community Park.  Both Douglas County and the Town of Larkspur deserve our appreciation and thanks …a job well done!



Monday, April 8, 2019 @ 12:04 PM
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DATELINE APRIL 6: Castle Rock Muesum announces the Grand Opening of the Museum’s new exhibit Continental Divide Raceways (CDR). From its opening day in 1959, Continental Divide Raceways south of Castle Rock was one of the top-ranked race tracks in the West! Owner Sid Langsam, a Denver millionaire, built the raceway to accomodate “almost anything that runs on wheels.” This included stock cars, sports cars, motorcycles and dragsters. Whoa! And, this was part of Castle Rock’s history? Whoa!

Stop in at the Grand Opening of the CDR Exhibit at the Museum on May 18. For more information call the Museum at 303.814.3164 or email Don’t miss this superb exhibit. Mark your calendar!



Saturday, February 2, 2019 @ 09:02 AM
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Castle Rock Historical Society announces a new, late February 2019 exhibit, Locks, Locks & More Locks. The exhibit will display locks from Barry Meyer who was the former owner of Acoma Lock & Security in Castle Rock. This will be a fascinating display of different types of locks and hand-cuffs that Meyer collected through the years.

Winter is a great time to visit the Castle Rock Museum and not only see the Locks’ exhibit but all of the other neat museum offerings …it’s a trip back to the nineteenth and twentieth centuries that you will really enjoy. It’s chilly outside; it’s warm and comfy in the Museum!

Also mark your for springtime at the Museum when the Continental Divide RacewayContinental Divide Raceway will be featured. You haven’t heard of “CDR?” You definitely need to mark your calendar! “…CASTLE ROCK MUSEUM IN THE SPRINGTIME

Remember, Castle Rock Museum is open Wednesday through Friday from 12:00PM to 5:00PM and Saturday from 11:00AM to 400PM. …and, check-out the Museum website at


One hundred and two years ago, the Silicated Brick Company in the Town of Silica, Colorado, located just south of the present site of the West Metro Fire Station, began to fade into history. The only remaining structure of this little town is the lime kiln. The kiln, using a British design to extract lime from limestone and use it in the manufacture of distinctive white bricks, has been fading into a red brick rubble.

In 2015, the Roxborough Park Foundation received a grant from the State Historical Fund to provide an archeological assessment of the site and a structural assessment of the kiln to see if it could be saved.
As a result of these studies, in the summer of 2018 the Roxborough Area Historical Society applied for and received, a State Historical Fund grant to stabilize and rebuild the kiln. Work began the first week of August and was completed the first week of November. An effort is now underway to improve the site surrounding the kiln utilizing informative signage. The history of this time and place will then be preserved.

The Roxborough Area Historical Society wishes to thank the Roxborough Park Foundation, the State Historical Fund, Colorado Preservation Inc. Building Restoration Specialties, the Community, and all who contributed financially and/or with gifts of “time and effort” for the success of this project! The before and after photos show the amazing improvement in just a few short months.

Keep your eyes open for a Ribbon Cutting Celebration later this Summer, marking the official completion of our historic kiln stabilization.



Wednesday, January 9, 2019 @ 02:01 PM
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DATELINE: NEW YEAR 2019: Great News! The Lucretia Vaile Museum at Palmer Lake announces the extension of their WWI exhibit through the month of June to include the official end of the war due to the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. Originally, opened late last year (See November 6, 2018 article below) and expected to close early this year, you are now given more time to see this memorable exhibit.

Click on WWI Armistice Flyer to read more about this exhibit and Lucretia Vaile Museum hours for viewing. The exhibit and museum admission are FREE and open to all. The Lucretia Museum is located at 66 Lower Glenway Street, Palmer Lake, Colorado 80133.


The Castle Rock Star is a very important landmark to the residents of Castle Rock. It is lit every year in a ceremony on the Saturday before Thanksgiving and stays shining until the end of the National Western Stock Show in January. The star has also glowed in colors to celebrate other exciting events, such as orange for the Denver Broncos playing in the Super Bowl or red, white and blue for the Douglas County Fair. It has even been lit to honor fallen heroes.

The star was placed on top of The Rock in 1936 and the first star lighting celebration was in 1965. Famed Colorado Poet, Helen Lowrie Marshall wrote a poem in honor of the Castle Rock Christmas Star in 1966 and read the poem at the star lighting ceremony that year.

Check out the Castle Rock Historical Society & Museum’s own CD, A Castle Rock Christmas in which the poem is sung by local singers. The CD includes many wonderful songs and makes a great Christmas gift. You can get a copy of the CD at the Castle Rock Museum’s gift shop, online at or on iTunes.


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