The History of Douglas County: In The Beginning

Date and Time: 
Monday, January 18, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
James Weglarz and Larry Schlupp

Historic Douglas County (HDC) coordinated the 2016 writing and publishing of a new "Historic Book-Calendar", which tells the history of Douglas County over a 5 year period.  Join us for this first installment of the Book-Calendar, which addresses "IN THE BEGINNING" , starting with the Paleo period and ending in 1870 before statehood.  The subjects and issues addressed within the book-calendar and this presentation are well-researched and written and presented by seasoned authors knowledgeable about their subject.  HDC officers James Weglarz and Larry Schlupp will lead the discussion, focusing not only on the calendar topics, but also on the methodolgy of writing and producing this calendar series.   Other speakers include Blake Graham and Tim Weber. 

Calendars will be available for sale at the meeting:   $5 Members, $6 non-Members

Topics could include:

  • In The Beginning - Paleo-Indians hunting mammoths, ancestral bison and three-toed sloths
  • Early Explorers - Discovery of Douglas County by European explorers, Spaniards, Zebulon Pike, and others.
  • First Immigrants - Indians were Colorado's first immigrants. 
  • Mountain Men - Among the first whites in Colorado were mountain men, fur-trappers and Army scouts
  • Early Trails - Starting in the 1830s, various trails linked numerous trading posts and civilian forts in the plains and along the Front Range.
  • The Gold Rush of '59 - Men who passed thru Douglas County on the way to the Gold, and many who stayed
  • The Colorado Territory - Congress created Colorado Territory in 1861, with Douglas County being one of the original 17 counties.
  • The Civil War - Most Coloradoans were pro-Union, but about one-third supported the Confederacy.
  • The Clash of Civilizations - Conflict between settlers and Indians was inevitable, both in Colorado and in Douglas County.
  • Early Settlements - After the Gold Rush, homesteads, stage route stations, and others often turned into early settlements, then permanent towns.  Many Douglas County areas were developed during this time.
  • Laying the Foundation- During the first decade of Colorado Territory, the people of Douglas County worked hard to create a viable infrastructure

History of Douglas County Calendar

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