Introduction

Highlands Ranch, Colorado is a census designated place located in unincorporated Douglas County, at the northern edge of Douglas and at the southern edge of the Denver Metropolitan area, lying approximately 12 miles from Denver city center.  It is a master-planned community founded in 1981, with a population of approximately 100,000 people.  Ideally located and close to transportation, Denver International Airport, and the Denver Tech Center, there are abundant commercial, residential, and recreational resources within minutes.

Even though the official beginning of modern-day Highlands Ranch was only 40 years ago, the history of the land and the people who settled here goes back much further.  The rich stories of these people and events sets the stage for the current residents of today, fusing them with the past while still maintaining the enjoyment of the present and the hopefulness for a bright future.  This then is the History of Highlands Ranch, Then and Now.