HR Then and Now: Highlands Ranch Book David Johnston and HRHS BOD

Date and Time: 
Monday, September 19, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
David Johnston

HR Then and Now: Images of America:  Highlands Ranch Book David Johnston and HRHS BOD

Join us as we launch our newly published book: Images of America: Highlands Ranch

Celebrating 100+ years of local Highlands Ranch history, in photos and text. 


Books will be available at the program.

Highlands Ranch, part of Douglas County, is known as one of the fastest growing communities in the nation. Highlands Ranch grew out of the Colorado plains through a series of settlers starting in 1859, with most homesteaders arriving in the 1880s. The homesteads were eventually unified into one grand ranch and mansion. The 1980s started the transformation from a ranch to a community when Mission Viejo started building a master planned community. Today, Shea Homes has almost completed the build out of the area. The people, businesses, and local government of Highlands Ranch have come together to create an enjoyable place and lifestyle that around 100,000 people call home.

Since 1991, Highlands Ranch Historical Society (HRHS) has been committed to researching, protecting, and educating people about Highlands Ranch’s history. Author David Johnston, the HRHS historian and active with the Douglas County Historic Preservation Board, has lived near Highlands Ranch area since 1977 and currently lives in Highlands Ranch. Many organizations and individuals from the community contributed in the creation of this book in the hope of preserving the Highlands Ranch, Colorado, history for present and future generations.

The Images of America series celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the country. Using archival photographs, each title presents the distinctive stories from the past that shape the character of the community today.


David Johnston, the HRHS Historian, has lived near High­lands Ranch since 1977, and currently lives in Highlands Ranch. Growing up in the area David remembers picking wild asparagus along the Highline Canal in the area that is now the Highlands Ranch Golf Course. David also remembers picking up cans along Daniels Park Road, while watching the antelope play. The stretch of Daniels Park Road is now com­pletely replaced with homes.

David has been interested in history from an early age, because it can help people under­stand both how events fit together and why current events are happening. David is cur­rently a board member with the Highlands Ranch Historical Society serving as Historian, Membership Director and Secretary. David is also currently serving as the Douglas Coun­ty Historic Preservation Board Chariman. In addition, David really enjoys being a docent at the Highlands Ranch Mansion and sharing the mansion history with the rest of the community.

David grew up in Colorado graduating from University of Colorado in Boulder and Uni­versity of Denver. Many organizations and individuals from the community contributed in the creation of this book in the hope of preserving the Highlands Ranch history for pre­sent and future generations. David’s motivation for writing this book is to provide a his­tory for our young community that has grown from 100 to almost 100,000 in the last 35 years. The growth includes my primary motivator, Ashley my daughter, who has been raised in Highlands Ranch since birth.


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Highlands Ranch 80130