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Planning

Historic Preservation

The shared history of Colorado and Douglas County gives local communities a deep connection to their surroundings and a sense of place.  As early as the late 1850s, Euro-American settlement began in the county.  Many towns and homesteads developed as word spread about the discovery of gold, and the vast richness of the County’s natural resources.  Railroads, farms, dairies, sawmills, mines, resorts and other industries helped to build portions of the County that are still evident today.

The Douglas County Historic Preservation Board (HPB) was established to promote the awareness and value of the County’s prehistory, history, and heritage. The HPB and Community Development staff provide programs to preserve the cultural resources that are attached to this legacy.

For questions or information related to Douglas County’s history, historic properties, landmarks and the virtual museum, please contact Brittany Cassell, Historic Preservation Board Administrator or Dan Dertz at 303-660-7460.

Historic Properties

William Converse Ranch is located on Hidden Mesa Open Space in Castle Rock. It is one of 37 historic Douglas County properties. Learn more about each of these properties and what makes them unique to Douglas County.

Historic Properties

Landmarks Program

The Douglas County Landmarks Program was created to preserve the cultural heritage of our county and history of Colorado. These sites create a sense of local identity and provide real-life educational experiences for all ages.

Landmarking

Virtual History Museum

Douglas County's Virtual History Museum identifies a variety of items linked to our rich heritage and historic past.

Virtual Museum

Self-guided driving tour of Douglas County history

Celebrate Douglas County’s pivotal role in Colorado history by taking a self-guided driving tour throughout the county.  Some highlights include:

  • Learning about local ranches that were in operation before Highlands Ranch became a bustling planned development at the Cheese Ranch Historic Park;
  • Visiting the Pikes Peak Grange, where local farmers organized cooperative measures for best crop production legislative measures and practices; and
  • Seeing the remnants of a gold rush town known as Nighthawk in the Pike National Forest.

The Douglas County Historic Resource Map shows where some of the historic and cultural resources are in Douglas County, and they include settlements, railroads, railroad grades, cemeteries, gravesites, stage lines, stage stops, school trails, etc.