2021 Book-Calendar

The HDC 2021 Book-calendar was released on August 1rd 2020. The 2021 Book-calendar, Explosion of Growth is the sixth and last of the six-year series of Telling the History of Douglas County. The 2021 Book-calendar covers the era of 1990 to 2020 …a time encompassing when Douglas County was the fastest growing county in the United States. Learn more about the 2021 Book-calendar and how to obtain one at 2021 Book-calendar, Explosion of Growth.

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The purpose of Historic Douglas County is to expand and enrich public awareness of Douglas County history through education and communication, and through support and coordination among local historical organizations and other related groups.

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Divide Country

What and where is Divide Country? Divide Country is a common name for the divide between two large river basins in the eastern slope of Colorado. The South Platte River and the Arkansas River basins are divided by the ridge of land from the Continental Divide in central Colorado to the Mississippi River. Both Rivers empty eventually into the Mississippi River. Divide Country generally relates to that portion of the Platte-Arkansas divide in the front range of Colorado that is in Douglas, Elbert, El Paso Counties, roughly starting south of Castle Rock and running south to the USAF Academy. The elevation is approximately 6,400 feet to 7,700 feet. The highest point of the divide is about 7,700 feet (2,300 m) above sea level at Vollmer Hill, located in the Black Forest. At Monument Hill the elevation is 7,352 feet (2,241 m). It staggers along the county line between Douglas County and El Paso County. This divide separates the Denver metropolitan area from the Pikes Peak area. The town’s namesake, Palmer Lake, is situated at 7,250 feet (2,210 m).

Native Americans lived in Divide Country until the late 1800s and early 1900s. Mountain Men visited the area, followed by great cattle drives and the discovery of gold in Divide Country. The latter started the Colorado Gold Rush and the beginning of the influx of people from the East, known as The Fifty-niners. With Colorado’s booming population, Divide Country became the supplier of lumber, quarry stone, fresh produce and other agricultural products. Farmers established farms and ranches to supply milk, butter and meat to the growing demand. Stagecoaches crossed the Divide, hauling people and products to the various communities on the Divide. In 1872, the first train crossed the Divide. It took five hours to go from Denver to Colorado Springs compared to today’s approximately one hour to drive by car from the Capital in Denver to the Town Hall in Colorado Springs. Two more trains would be built crossing the Divide Country before 1900, Atchison Topeka and the Santa Fe in 1887 and the Colorado & Southern in 1898.

Of the many small communities established on the Divide, only Larkspur exists today as the only town in Douglas County’s portion of Divide Country. The Larkspur Historical Society (LHS) was established in 1990 as a nonprofit organization by local history buffs. However, Divide Country was being documented from the earliest settlements. You can read of the many events and activities that took place by logging on to the Colorado Historical Newspaper Collection at www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org.

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