Upcoming Events

January 9: Roxborough Historical Society hosts
Early Travelers of the Front Range ...a living history presentation
January 11: Castle Rock Historical Society & Museum presents The Old Mining Town of Uravan
January 13: LIVE Bobby Messano - Baby It's Cold Outside at Cherokee Castle

Cherokee Castle
Recurring Events

Public Tours of the Castle: January 6, 18, 20 & 25

For programs, concerts, teas and tours at Cherokee Castle, go to their the Castle website at http://cherokeeranch.org and check their Events page.
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ALSO ..don't forget to check the Around the West to find events outside of Douglas County.


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.

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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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Thursday, January 11, 2018 @ 02:01 PM
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DATELINE January 11, 2018: (This announced by Sharon Nemechek, Douglas County Libraries’ Director of Archives and Collections)

Douglas County Libraries just announced that Archivist Shaun Boyd has accepted the position of Curator of Archives at History Colorado.

Shaun joined the DCHRC as an Assistant Archivist in November 1998 and was promoted to Archivist in the fall of 2000. In her tenure with us Shaun has had an impact on the DCHRC, the local Douglas County historical community and the profession.

Shaun’s role in developing the DCHRC into a respected Archive cannot be overstated. She launched the first DCHRC website (using Word, on the night she started library school!) She implemented most of our cataloging and processing systems, compiled and wrote the full processing manual, and processed and made accessible countless historic collections.

Shaun was the DCHRC liaison to the Douglas County Historic Preservation Board, served on the Castle Rock Historical Society Board, helped to create Historic Douglas County, provided research and assistance for many Douglas County TV documentaries, edited two books, contributed articles to the newspapers and various historical publications, and provided hundreds of hours of school talks and outreach events.

In the larger profession Shaun served on the Society of Rocky Mountain Archivists Board, the Academy of Certified Archivists Board and the Colorado Historic Records Advisory Board. She also taught classes in Genealogy Research at the Library School at DU.

In her new role Shaun will oversee the management, acquisition, research, and interpretation of the History Colorado archives collection. This collection includes books, maps, newspapers, serial publications, oral histories, sound recordings, ephemera, and over 8000 linear feet of manuscripts. Shaun describes it as a “basketball court full of stuff.” In addition, she will develop museum exhibits; reach out to the community through public presentations, educational programs, published works and social media; supervise contract staff, volunteers and interns; and participate in strategic planning for the organization. Her experience at DCHRC has prepared her well for this challenge.


Beautiful Sandstone Ranch Moving to Open Space…

Wednesday, December 27, 2017 @ 04:12 PM
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It’s official! Beautiful Sandstone Ranch will be moving into Douglas County’s Open Space bevy. On Wednesday, December 27, 2017, at a Special Business Meeting, Douglas County’s Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) voted unanimously for the allocation of funds for the purchase of the 2,038 acre Sandstone Ranch. The BOCC Special Business Meeting was well attended by an audience of area residents ranging from Highlands Ranch to Valley Ranch.

Cheyl Matthews, Douglas County Open Space Director, made an insightful and well-rounded presentation that described the ranch, it’s natural beauty and many attributes that fit the Open Space characteristics. Matthews did a excellent job of covering the background that led to the proposal to purchase the Sandstone Ranch; it all happened rather quickly. Matthews and County Manager, Doug DeBord, worked diligently with Ken Mirr of the real estate Mirr Ranch Group to determine if it was a fit with Open Space when the price of the property was lowered to $18.75 million ($9,200/acre). After the BOCC toured the ranch, the BOCC and the County Staff made the decision that the Sandstone Ranch was the perfect fit for Open Space. Open Space has the funds to cover the purchase and a proposal was made to use a partnership with $6 million in funds from the Chatfield Reservoir Mitigation Company (CRMC), a proposed GOCO grant of $3.5 million and 9.25 million for Open Space Funds. In 1995, the voters of Douglas raised the sales tax to 6% with .17% designated for Open Space. The Open Space portion sunsets in 2023 if not extended. After the presentation, the BOCC entertained questions and people in the audience who wanted to speak. Some twenty people spoke, again from a wide-ranging area, and all were positive about the proposed purchase. After questions and all the positive comments from the audience the Commissioners unanimously approved allocating the Open Space funds.

Sandstone Ranch is a superb Open Space buy for Douglas County. The purchase provides preservation, history, archaeology and gorgeous scenery. It will be a great addition for public use from hiking to photography. Congratulations, Douglas County.



Friday, September 22, 2017 @ 03:09 PM
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Those HDC Players are back bracing up-local history curriculum of Douglas County elementary schools. Yep, it was the last day of summer when Franktown founder James Franks Gardner, first County shorthorn breeder-rancher and pioneer housewife and rancher Babette Bihlmeyer graced the stage at Franktown Elementary. It was a big day and the pioneers shined! And, in an odd sort of way, H. G. Wells made a somewhat unexpected cameo at Franktown as well …when HDC president James WEGLARZ introduced the time machine to the second graders! Brings to mind that “…kids (not only) say the darnest things;” kids also ask many unanswerable questions!


Louviers Village Club House Celebrates 100 Years…

Saturday, August 26, 2017 @ 04:08 PM
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DATELINE AUGUST 26, 2017: Douglas County Libraries hosted the 100th anniversary of the Louivers Village Club House. The event was an enjoyable event replete with the Douglas County historical societies and the Douglas County Historical Preservation Board, ice cream, yarn dolls, candy fishing and self-guided tours through the club house and the cheery, well appointed library; the latter sporting a new paint job as well! The two hour celebration event was well attended and Mother Nature provided a cloudless, sunny August day. Thanks to the diligent and well planned work of Douglas County Libraries for the very successful event. Thanks also to Freddies for the ice cream and the fixin’s.



Wednesday, August 9, 2017 @ 12:08 PM
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DATELINE August 2016: The Roxborough Area Historical Society (RAHS) has been awarded a Grant from History Colorado State Historical Fund to stabilize the Silica Kiln. On August 19, RAHS will hold a fundraising program to raise required matching funds; original bricks made in the Kiln will be on display and available, with all proceeds going to the “Save the Kiln” community matching fund. The fundraising event will be held at the Roxborough Fire Station Community Room (6222 Roxborough Park Road).


The Castle Rock Museum is resident in the original 1875 Denver & Rio Grande Railroad Depot of Castle Rock. The depot closed in 1965 when passenger traffic waned due to the construction of Interstate 25. In 1970 a young couple, Bill and Joyce Murray, purchased the depot from the railroad for $25 on the condition that it be moved. When they transferred to California in 1996 they sold it to the Castle Rock Historical Society which then went to work to create the museum. Starr and Lionel Oberlin, founders of the Historical Society, had the vision that it could be done. With grants and donations, the society was able to purchase the building and open the museum on October 30th 1997. The museum has been in continuous operation since that opening. Although the building looks remarkably the same it has undergone some major restorations. The rotting window were restored. A new roof replaced the rusty one. A new heating and air conditioning system were installed and the remarkable 140 year-old wooden sliding baggage doors were restored and rehung. Other railroad elements, such as a railroad communications’ shed and a railroad shed made from an old boxcar were reunited with the depot. Since opening the museum hosts both permanent and rotating exhibits to illustrate the amazing history of this remarkable community. Featured exhibits have included, the flood of 1965, the Civilian Conservation Corp Camp, the Continental Divide Raceways track, the Rhyolite Quarries and the Castle Rock Rainforest.

Admin Note: On Saturday, September 16, 2017, Castle Rock Historical Society & Museum will host a 20th Anniversary Celebration event at the Castle Rock Museum, located at 420 Elbert Street, Castle Rock, Colorado 80104.


CALF announces 2017 Legend of Agriculture honorees…

Saturday, July 8, 2017 @ 11:07 AM
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This is a courtesy partial post of the July 4, 2017 article from the High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal

The Colorado Agricultural Leadership Foundation has selected Sandy and Bruff Shea as this year’s Legend of Agriculture Award honorees. CALF will honor them at the 9th annual Legends of Agriculture Dinner on July 28 at the Douglas County Events Center as the kickoff of the Douglas County Fair and Rodeo.
Bruff and Sandy Shea, of Franktown, Colorado, are proud to call themselves natives of Douglas County. They were married in 1970 and will celebrate their 47th anniversary in December.

Sandy was born and raised on the Kelty Bar Mill Iron Ranch, in Franktown. Her great grandfather, Christopher Kelty, homesteaded the ranch in 1881. The family still owns 80 acres of the original homestead and actively farms and ranches the property today. The ranch is one of nine ranches in Douglas County to have received the designation of a “Colorado Centennial Farm” in 1988.

Sandy and Bruff were both 10 year members of Douglas County 4-H. Sandy’s 4-H experience involved raising and showing beef cattle, dairy cattle and horses. Bruff, who considered himself a city kid from Sedalia, completed forestry and electrical projects; as well as a part of the Sedalia 4-H square dance team.

After Sandy and Bruff were married, the Kelty Ranch became the place their children and cousins raised their 4-H livestock projects. During this time, DC 4-H Livestock Judging Team also became a big part of Bruff and Sandy’s lives. Bruff and Sandy enjoy the trip to Gunnison each year for its judging contest; first, to watch their daughters and now the grandkids compete.

Bruff served on the Douglas County Fair Board from 1992-2009. During his time on the board, he held several offices including president, secretary, entertainment director, and sale committee member. Bruff currently serves on the Douglas County Fair Foundation Executive Committee and the Board of Directors of IREA.

CALF presents the Legend of Agriculture Award annually to an individual or individuals who exemplifies Colorado’s rural, agricultural heritage through a mindset of cooperation, discipline and personal excellence through their service to the community and our youth. Past recipients include Bea and John Lowell (CALF founders/benefactors), Russel Cummings, Mildred Stewart, Lindsay and Bill Serrell, Betty and Bob Thomas, Larry Carnahan, Douglas County Young Farmers and Homemakers and Bonnie and Darrell Bell.

Founded in 2002, the Colorado Agriculture Leadership Foundation at Lowell Ranch on Plum Creek three miles south of Castle Rock is a 133-acre working educational ranch that “connects people to agriculture” through authentic educational programs, special events and community projects. CALF aims to inspire lives, nurture leaders, and build lasting relationships while passing on rural values and traditions…



Friday, March 31, 2017 @ 12:03 PM
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CASTLE PINES, APRIL 1: Yes, Historic Douglas County, Inc. (HDC) is honking its own horn with this news post. The April, 2017, edition of The Castle Pines Connection does a nice article on HDC. Managing Editor Lynne Marsala Basche does a nice job providing its readers with an overview of the HDC organization on page 24 of the edition. If you want to go right to the page, click Page 24. If you would like to peruse the entirety of the April edition, go to the digital copy at The Castle Pine Connection. For those of you who haven’t seen The Castle Pines Connection before, it is a well-done monthly billing itself as “The Voice of the 80108 Community.” Honk! Honk! Hopefully, we are coming through!



Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 07:03 PM
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Patsy W. Moore, age 81, a resident of Franktown, Colorado, and former member of the Douglas County Historical Preservation Board and the Franktown Historical Society, died on March 19, 2017 in Parker, Colorado. Patsy was extremely active in Colorado politics and associated organizations. You can read Patsy’s full obituary and information about her final arrangements at Parker and Elizabeth Funeral Homes.

Patsy was predeceased by her parents, her brothers and sisters, by her Husband Leo Moore on December 13, 1996 and her friend Kenneth Hodge on November 10, 2016. Survivors include her son Tommy from Metairie, Louisiana, son David from Highlands Ranch, Colorado and many nieces and nephews.



Monday, March 13, 2017 @ 07:03 AM
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Auraria Campus, DATELINE MARCH 13, 3027: The misty, gray Saturday early morning was left far behind when some sixty judges stepped inside the Tivoli Building at Denver’s Auraria Campus. The Tivoli was the center of judging activity for the Greater Denver Metro Regional, one of fourteen regions in Colorado where middle and senior school students display their love of history and talents in writing essays or designing exhibits and websites, this year centered around the contest’s history theme, Taking a Stand in History. This day was the judging for the culmination of the student’s work in investigating some of the greatest moments in history and learning about the ideas of conflict and resolution, determination, sacrifice and courage. Students chose any historical topic to research and created one of the mediums to the particular person or group of people, or important event or movement to portray how their subject demonstrated a stand in history.

The judges reviewed the work of this year’s 433 participating students in the essay, exhibit and website categories, selecting at the end of the day the top three winners in each category. The chosen winners move on to compete with their work in the Colorado state contest held on May 6. The state contest will yield winners who will then participate in the culminating National Contest in Washington D. C., June 11-15, 2017.

Thanks and congratulations to both the students, the National History Day local administrative workers and the judges who participated. All the administrative staff and judges were volunteers. The students volunteer to participate in National History Day and are superb and passionately dedicated to studying and learning about history.


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