HRHS Tours

TOUR: Kassler Water Treatment Plant Tour

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 10:00am to 1:00pm
Holly Geist, Denver Water Historian


In 1902, the Platte Cañon Filtration Plant, later renamed Kassler, was opened at the base of Waterton Canyon by the present-day Chatfield Reservoir. Kassler, which used the English slow-sand filter process, was the first of its kind west of the Mississippi River.

Kassler’s underground infiltration galleries were built in 1890, the filter beds completed in 1906, and the reservoir and pump station were built in 1972. A whole town was built around the plant to operate and maintain the facility. At the height of its operation, Kassler delivered more than 50 million gallons per day of treated drinking water to the residents of Denver. It was named a national water landmark in 1979.

By 1985, Kassler ceased operations because it was unable to keep up with demand. Now the buildings and nearby facilities are used for educational purposes.

Holly Geist, Historian with Denver Water, will lead this fascinating story and tour of the now-forgotten town and treatment plant.  Bring your lunch, and sturdy walking shoes, walking stick, hat, and sense of adventure as we travel off of the beaten path.   Following the talk and tour we can enjoy our lunch and some goodies inside the cool classroom, or sit on the front porch and dream of days gone by.

Parking is limited in the Kassler Treatment Plant, car pooling is encouraged.  If the lot is full you may park across the road in the Waterton Canyon Trail Parking Lot. 

Transportation is on your own to the Plant.   Address is 11300 Waterton Rd. Littleton,  80125

$10 HRHS Members    $12 non-HRHS Members

Once Registered, please mail your check right way, payable and to:

HR Historical Society, PO Box  631334, Highlands Ranch, CO  80163


Kassler Treatment Center
Parking Lot
11300 Waterton Rd
Littleton 80125

TOUR: Field Trip to Native American Prayer Trees at Fox Run Regional Park

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Date and Time: 
Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
John Anderson


Field Trip Date is Saturday September 21 , 2019 from 9 am till approx. 12 noon

Pavilion 4/5 Trailhead

HRHS Current members $16,   non- members $18

Transportation is on your own 

First,   Download and complete the Tour Info Form HERE,

or Register ONLINE here---->

Mail check and Tour Info Form within 7 days of Registration to:

The Highlands Ranch Historical Society

PO Box 631334, Highlands Ranch  80163


John Anderson, author and presenter, will lead this moderate hike/walk around beautiful Fox Run Regional Park, in Black Forest,  North Colorado Springs, to see many Native American Prayer Trees.     This tour will follow a different trail thru Fox Run, to see trees not seen on the June 2019 Field Trip. (Pavilion 4/5 area)  Transportation is on your own to the venue, in North Colorado Springs/Black Forest.  We will meet in the parking lot of Pavilion 4-5, Pine Meadows area.  .  Detailed driving directions will be provided before the field trip.  Visit the park website for   video, photos, and more info.   Suggest bringing a brown bag lunch to enjoy on your own after the tour. Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.   A walking stick is helpful.   The overall trail is moderate and  we will be going a short distance off-trail to get up close and personal with the trees.  Children must be 10 years old or above.

Click HERE for the Fox Run Park Map


Wear hiking boots/closed toed shoes, bring water, walking stick (if you have one, hat, dress for weather. )








Fox Run Regional Park
Pavilion 4-5
Pine Meadows Area
Colorado Springs 80921

TOUR: Cherokee Castle Tour with Meg and John

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Date and Time: 
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 9:30am to 12:00pm
Meg Anderson, John Lake

This Tour is Full , Waiting List only, call Nancy 720-932-6990

Tuesday, September 24
9:30 am - 12 pm
Cherokee Castle Tour 2019
with Meg and John
Join us for this special, private tour of the Cherokee Ranch Castle, led by Tweet Kimball's caterer and butler,
Meg Anderson and John Lake.
An additional Castle Docent will also be on hand to lead portions of the tour!
Get the inside scoop on the Castle!
View the beautiful antiques, architecture, and hear stories about Tweet and her escapades over the years.

 The Castle is a unique treasure in Douglas County, not to be missed. Spectacular views of the front range of the Rockies from the Terrace, windows, and top of the Castle!!


Following the tour, which will last approx.. 90 minutes, we will then head back to the Great Hall or the Terrace, for a brown bag BYOBB

(Bring your own bag lunch and beverage).

Beautiful views and great company all around!


Transportation is on your own.
6113 Daniels Park Rd, Sedalia, CO 80135 
Lunch is on your own bag!
NOTE: this tour always fills up!!  
 Don't delay, reserve today!  
HRHS Members:  $17        
Non-HRHS Members $19     
(This is a special discounted rate, as well as a longer tour with Meg and John,
and then the pleasure of staying for your own picnic lunch. What a deal!)



Cherokee Castle
6113 Daniels Park Rd.
Sedalia 80135

TOUR: Denver Mob Tour- Wednesday, October 9, 2019

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 10:45am to 2:00pm
Tom Hackett

This tour is full, Waiting List only, call Nancy 720-932-6990

Small group (limited to 13)  tour to 20 sites in Denver, followed by lunch at Gaetano's.
Meet at Gaetano's Restaurant where our Tour Leader Tom will pick us up, and transport us to Denver's North Side for
a driving tour and narration of these sites and people.
We finish our tour at Gaetano's Restaurant, which was owned by the Smaldone family.  
Lunch is on your own at Gaetano's
Note: this is NOT an RTD tour--transportation is on your own to Gaetano's.
Total time approx. 10:45 am till 2:00 pm
Cost: $37 HRHS members, $39 non-members
Lunch is on your own, approx. $15
Transportation is on your own to Gaetano's
Payment deadline is 14 days after Registration
Click the green Register Today button

 Once Registered, please mail your check right away, payable and to:

HR Historical Society,  PO Box 631334, Highlands Ranch, CO  80163

Contact Nancy with any questions   720-932-6990


Gaetano's Restaurant
3760 Tejon St.
Denver 80211