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The Town of Castle Rock is the county seat for Douglas County and is located 35 miles south of Denver and 40 miles north of Colorado Springs. With a population soon to reach 40,000, Castle Rock is a rapidly growing and expanding community. The town is unmistakable with the beautiful namesake “Castle Rock” butte towering over the town. In an article titled “10 Best Towns for Families” in the August 2007 issue of Family Circle Magazine, Castle Rock was selected the number one place to live.

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Castle Rock features a highly utilized Recreation Center which houses the community Senior Center and newly expanded indoor pool areas. The center also offers a wide variety of community activities, workout facility, classes, basketball and racquetball courts. The community also offers Red Hawk Community Golf Course along with numerous private courses. The town also offers a variety of parks and hiking trails, including the trails leading to the Castle Rock for fabulous views of the town and the Front Range. The town also has a wide range of shopping options with the historical downtown shopping area filled with small shops, restaurants, studios and salons. Across town there are the 120 stores at the Outlets at Castle Rock, a mall that draws visitors from Denver, Colorado Springs and beyond.

Native Americans from the Arapahoe and Cheyenne tribes were once inhabitants of the area now known as Castle Rock. The Homestead Act of 1864 and the search for gold brought settlers west. Gold was not found here, but rhyolite stone from three quarries became the major industry along with ranching and cheese production.

Jeremiah Gould is credited with establishing the town. He was an original homesteader who owned the downtown area south of the castle rock. In 1874, he donated 120 acres to “be known as Castle Rock” and the six main downtown streets were laid out; Elbert, Jerry, Wilcox, Perry, Castle and Front as well as the Courthouse Square. Shortly after, the Denver & Rio Grande Railway established a depot in town bringing in supplies for ranchers and shipping rhyolite and cheese. The Castle Rock Historical Museum on Elbert Street is housed in the old train depot.

• Rhyolite can be seen in many historic buildings in the town.

• The Castle Rock Historical Museum on Elbert St was once the train depot.

Castle Rock, CO

Castle Rock, CO

The Town of Castle Rock is the county seat for Douglas County and is located 35 miles south of Denver and 40 miles north of Colorado Springs. With a population soon to reach 40,000, Castle Rock is a rapidly growing and expanding community. The town is unmistakable with the beautiful namesake “Castle Rock” butte towering over the town. In an article titled “10 Best Towns for Families” in the August 2007 issue of Family Circle Magazine, Castle Rock was selected the number one place to live.

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Castle Rock features a highly utilized Recreation Center which houses the community Senior Center and newly expanded indoor pool areas. The center also offers a wide variety of community activities, workout facility, classes, basketball and racquetball courts. The community also offers Red Hawk Community Golf Course along with numerous private courses. The town also offers a variety of parks and hiking trails, including the trails leading to the Castle Rock for fabulous views of the town and the Front Range. The town also has a wide range of shopping options with the historical downtown shopping area filled with small shops, restaurants, studios and salons. Across town there are the 120 stores at the Outlets at Castle Rock, a mall that draws visitors from Denver, Colorado Springs and beyond.

Native Americans from the Arapahoe and Cheyenne tribes were once inhabitants of the area now known as Castle Rock. The Homestead Act of 1864 and the search for gold brought settlers west. Gold was not found here, but rhyolite stone from three quarries became the major industry along with ranching and cheese production.

Jeremiah Gould is credited with establishing the town. He was an original homesteader who owned the downtown area south of the castle rock. In 1874, he donated 120 acres to “be known as Castle Rock” and the six main downtown streets were laid out; Elbert, Jerry, Wilcox, Perry, Castle and Front as well as the Courthouse Square. Shortly after, the Denver & Rio Grande Railway established a depot in town bringing in supplies for ranchers and shipping rhyolite and cheese. The Castle Rock Historical Museum on Elbert Street is housed in the old train depot.

• Rhyolite can be seen in many historic buildings in the town.

• The Castle Rock Historical Museum on Elbert St was once the train depot.

Colorado Springs, CO

Colorado Springs, CO

The population in Colorado Springs currently is around 400,000 people, but that's enough to make it Colorado's second largest city. Locally referred to as “The Springs” Colorado Springs lies an hour south of Denver at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and Pikes Peak. Downtown Colorado Springs sits at 6,035 feet, a bit over Denver's mile high claim to fame at 5280 feet.

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Due to the high altitude, the city is home to the United States Olympic Training Center where many national athletes train and make the city their home. The city was named the number one Best Big City in Best Places to Live by Money magazine in 2006. The school district serving the city is Colorado Springs School District 11, one of the oldest districts in the area. The city is surrounded by Peterson Air Force Base, Ft Carson Army Base, NORAD in Cheyenne Mountain and the Air Force Academy, which makes it a very military friendly community.

Denver, CO

Denver, CO

Welcome to Denver, the state capitol and largest city in the state of Colorado. Don't let the location fool you, although the city lies on the front range of the Rocky Mountains, Denver basks in an average of 300 days of sunshine each year. That's more sunny days than in Miami, Florida! This city offers all of the amenities you expect to find in a major metropolitan area such as a bustling downtown full of businesses, restaurants, shopping and urban living at its best.

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The city boasts a professional sports team in every major sport that includes football, basketball, baseball, hockey, soccer and even lacrosse. The Denver Art Museum building is an architectural wonder and the Denver Performing Arts Complex constantly offers world class entertainment in its multiple venues. The Denver Convention Center is one of the largest and busiest convention and meeting facilities in the country. Beyond the downtown area, within the city and county of Denver you will find very diverse neighborhoods, homes and communities. Denver offers many high education options such as Metropolitan State University of Denver, Denver University and The Art Institute of Colorado to name just a few.

The Denver Public School District serves the City and County of Denver community through 151 schools and with more than 13,000 employees. The school district employs more than 4,500 teachers and educates more than 73,000 students.

Highlands Ranch, CO

Highlands Ranch, CO

The Metro District of Highlands Ranch is a community actually consisting of seven Metro Districts located primarily South of E-470 between Santa Fe Drive and Quebec St. The population of the area exceeds 90,000 people who reside in nearly 30,000 homes and more than 3,000 apartments. Within Highlands Ranch there are 22 parks, more than 70 miles of trails, and 2,000 acres of natural open space areas. Eighty-five percent of the homes in the community are located within one quarter mile of a park, open space area or trail.

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In addition, there are two skate parks, an outdoor inline hockey rink, four dog areas, eight tennis courts, three lighted ball fields, an historic park, three community gardens and the Backcountry Wilderness Area. There are also four community recreation centers serving the community. Highlands Ranch is within the Douglas County School District and is served by 12 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, 3 high schools a charter school and an academy.

The current community of Highlands Ranch was founded in 1981, but the first settlers built their lives in this area more than 100 years ago. Dad Rufus H. "Potato" Clark was the Potato King of Colorado and one of the early builders of the community. Rufus was a philanthropist in the Denver area donating 80 acres of land and giving money to a Methodist college, which later became the University of Denver at University Park. He also sold some of his land to the City of Denver to start Jewell Park and Overland Park. Dad Clark Park, Dad Clark Drive and Dad Clark Gulch are named for this local historic figure that supported parks and left a mark on the region's history.

The more than 100 year old Highlands Ranch Mansion and ranch are valuable pieces of history. The mansion encompasses 17,000 square feet and the barns and ranch building expand over 41,000 square feet has been the home to many of Denver's notable families.

The mansion was built by John Springer who moved to Denver due to his wife's ill health. In 1891, he began construction of the mansion and completed almost 60 percent of the present building. Springer sold the ranch to Colonel Hughes, in 1913 who named the property Sunland Ranch. Upon his death, the mansion was sold in 1920 to Waite Phillips, a founder of Phillips Petroleum, and he first introduced the name “Highlands Ranch.” In 1926, Phillips sold the mansion to Frank E. Kistler who called it the Diamond K Ranch. (You will find there are Highlands Ranch parks named after both Kistler and the Diamond K Ranch.) He added the final 40 percent of the mansion and altered the style to a classic Tudor. Kistler then sold the property to the Phipps family in 1937. The Phipps family has long been a prominent name in Colorado industry including construction, trucking, professional sports, including the Denver Broncos, ranching and real estate. The Phipps family acquired the property as a residence and a working ranch and renamed it Highlands Ranch.

Phipps, Jr. owned the property until his death in 1976. The entire ranch was then sold to businessman Marvin Davis, who organized the Highlands Venturers Corporation to market the property. The Mission Viejo Company then entered the picture in 1979 and officially became the new owners of Highlands Ranch. Residential construction began the next year. In 1997, Mission Viejo sold Highlands Ranch to Shea Homes who currently owns the mansion.

Larkspur, CO

Larkspur, CO

The Town of Larkspur, Colorado is 43 miles South of Denver located off of I-25 between Castle Rock and the Tri-Lakes area. The population of the town is approximately 234 with 92 families in the 1.4 square mile community. Larkspur is located in Douglas County and is served by the Douglas County School District.

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The largest event to take place in town, is the annual Colorado Renaissance Festival. For eight weekends each summer, artisans, performers and actors from around the world perform for huge crowds at this event.

Lone Tree, CO

Lone Tree, CO

The city of Lone Tree is located at the I-25 and E-470 intersection South of Denver. The city covers just less than 10 square miles and has a population of nearly 10,500 people. The City of Lone Tree was incorporated in November 1995 and has seen great additions since. In 2000, a 3,500 acre community named Ridge Gate was annexed in order to work with the landowner in shaping the master plan for the property. As a result, Lone Tree received land for a new recreation center.

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The modern facility offers an aquatics area with a leisure pool, water slides, lap lanes and whirlpool. The recreation center also has a full-size gymnasium, fitness area, running track and racquetball courts. Land was also set aside for police and fire stations, a City Hall, library, trails, parks, and open space, and a future City Center. In addition, the preservation of the historic Schweiger Ranch property was included in an effort to save a piece of the communities ranching history. In 2001 Heritage Hills was annexed as well as Centennial Ridge, Carriage Club as well as commercial development property.

2003 saw the addition of the newly constructed Sky Ridge Medical Center, which provided much needed emergency medical care and hospital for the area. In 2004, the city established a police force and hired its' first employees. The annexation of the residential development Southridge Preserve happened in 2004 in order to establish locations and designs for homes in an effort to protect ridgeline views for the community. The Park Meadows Mall was annexed in 2006, giving a revenue boost to the city. At the end of that year, the Lone Tree Chamber of Commerce was established to encourage continued business growth and viability. Also that year, the Light Rail was extended to Lone Tree with a stop at Lincoln Station. Another stop was added at Park Meadows and eventually another is slated for Sky Ridge Medical Center.

Lone Tree is within the Douglas County School District with Eagle Ridge Elementary School, Acres Green Elementary School, Cresthill Middle School, and Highands Ranch High School serving the children of the community.

Monument, CO

Monument, CO

The city of Lone Tree is located at the I-25 and E-470 intersection South of Denver. The city covers just less than 10 square miles and has a population of nearly 10,500 people. The City of Lone Tree was incorporated in November 1995 and has seen great additions since. In 2000, a 3,500 acre community named Ridge Gate was annexed in order to work with the landowner in shaping the master plan for the property. As a result, Lone Tree received land for a new recreation center.

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The modern facility offers an aquatics area with a leisure pool, water slides, lap lanes and whirlpool. The recreation center also has a full-size gymnasium, fitness area, running track and racquetball courts. Land was also set aside for police and fire stations, a City Hall, library, trails, parks, and open space, and a future City Center. In addition, the preservation of the historic Schweiger Ranch property was included in an effort to save a piece of the communities ranching history. In 2001 Heritage Hills was annexed as well as Centennial Ridge, Carriage Club as well as commercial development property.

2003 saw the addition of the newly constructed Sky Ridge Medical Center, which provided much needed emergency medical care and hospital for the area. In 2004, the city established a police force and hired its' first employees. The annexation of the residential development Southridge Preserve happened in 2004 in order to establish locations and designs for homes in an effort to protect ridgeline views for the community. The Park Meadows Mall was annexed in 2006, giving a revenue boost to the city. At the end of that year, the Lone Tree Chamber of Commerce was established to encourage continued business growth and viability. Also that year, the Light Rail was extended to Lone Tree with a stop at Lincoln Station. Another stop was added at Park Meadows and eventually another is slated for Sky Ridge Medical Center.

Lone Tree is within the Douglas County School District with Eagle Ridge Elementary School, Acres Green Elementary School, Cresthill Middle School, and Highands Ranch High School serving the children of the community.

Parker, CO

Parker, CO

Parker, Colorado is located southeast of Denver in Douglas County. The 2006 Census estimated the population at more than 41,000 and growing. The Town of Parker offers a nice mix of suburban development along side open spaces and ranch land. Off Parker Road, there is a wide selection of the national chain stores for convenient shopping, while Main Street in the heart of downtown Parker features a charming historical district with many smaller, privately owned businesses, shops and restaurants.

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Parker is a convenient commute to Aurora and Denver with easy access to E470 and the Denver International Airport. Since 2004, the Parker Adventist Hospital www.parkerhospital.org has provided the Parker and surrounding areas with a full-service hospital and has become an integral part of the community. Parker is also home to The Wildlife Experience, www.thewildlifeexperience.org a museum with permanent and traveling exhibits, movies and children's activities.

The museum features fine art, natural history displays, a movie theater and hosts many community fund raising events. The town offers great recreation facilities including the new Parker Fieldhouse that features an indoor roller rink, basketball courts, soccer fields, running track, workout facilities and a 25' indoor rock climbing tower. This is in addition to the Parker Recreation Center with its indoor pool and the popular H2O'Brien Pool for outdoor fun in the summer. Parker offers and abundance of single family homes, condos, townhomes as well as ranch, farm and horse properties.

The Town of Parker was incorporated 1n 1981 and has since expanded from one square mile to more than 13 square miles. What is now Parker originally began when the unofficial Pine Grove Post Office was established around 1863 as a result of the Gold Rush and homesteaders heading west for land. Prior to that time, Native American tribes such as the Arapahoe, Cheyenne and Ute traveled through the area for hunting. The post office building was eventually sold and moved to the current town of Parker location. The building was expanded and was known as the 20 Mile House (being 20 miles South of Denver). After multiple additions and changing hands many times, the facility was sold to James Parker from Kiowa in 1874. Parker added a mercantile and blacksmith shop and made the post office official. Parker also worked to establish roads, telephone lines and rights to the Denver and New Orleans Railroad. He was also responsible for the first formal cemetery and established the first school in the community.

• Parker was originally known as the Pine Grove Post Office.

• 20 Mile House was named such because it was 20 miles South of Denver.

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