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Records of the Colorado Western Development Company. Inc., 1880-1991

Douglas County History Research Center
Douglas County Libraries
100 S. Wilcox Street
Castle Rock, Colorado 80104
Phone: 303-688-7730

© 2010

Profile Description

Creation: Encoded by Shaun Boyd 2011-03-14
Language: Finding aid is in English

Collection Summary

RepositoryDouglas County Libraries / 100 S. Wilcox St. / Castle Rock, CO 80104 / Phone: 303-688-7730
CreatorColorado Western Development Company
TitleRecords of the Colorado Western Development Company. Inc.
Dates: 1880-1991
Dates: 1968-1991
Size1.5 cubic feet, 1 record carton 26x42x33 cm (15x12.5x10 in.), 1 map box 6x83x65 cm (2.5x32x25 in.), and 1 flat box of photos in file drawer - 7x33x30 cm (2.5x13x12 in.).
Abstract:These records were collected, and in most cases were created and produced, by the Colorado Western Development Company between 1965 and 1991. Most of the records relate to the development of the Perry Park subdivision located west of Larkspur, Douglas County, CO. The records include maps, photographs, letters, real estate and other sales material, and newsletters produced by the Colorado Western Development Company, as well as newspaper articles and historical materials on Perry Park collected by the company.
Collection Number1994.032
Language: English

Arrangement of the Collection

This collection is arranged alphabetically by subject. The visual materials, including photographs, are stored in a flat storage box. Large aerial photos, a survey, and development plan are stored in a map box.

Scope and Content

These are the records of the Colorado Western Development Company from 1965 to 1991. The majority of the records pertain to the development of various aspects of Perry Park near Larkspur, Colorado during the early 1970's. The collection includes copies of the Panorama newsletter, and the bulk of the collection is composed of sales literature. Julius Pickoff, the donor of the collection, was the General Sales Manager of the Colorado Western Development Company during its earliest years, as well as one of the corporation's trustees. The records also include newspaper articles on the history of Perry Park, and secondary sources about the history of the area. A directory of the homeowners is also included, as are photographs, maps, and the Planned Community Development application. The records also contain correspondence, including a rough draft, concerning the writing of The Perry Park Story, as well as payment for the project.

Biography / History

1860s: Area now known as Perry Park homesteaded by Peter Brannan, Albert Dakan, James Gott, Benjamin Quick, and George Ratcliffe.

1868: Fort constructed on Benjamin Quick's property to protect against "indian raids" a raid occurs the following week.

1869: Kansas Pacific Railroad surveys line from Denver south to Palmer Lake, passing near Perry Park

1872: Missouri industrialist John D. Perry purchases several homesteads to make a ranch in "Pleasant Park"

Oct. 1872: Isabella Bird visits Perry Park ranch

1872-1873: Majority of buildings on Perry's ranch constructed

Aug. 1879- July 1881: Perry tries to sell half of his property in Perry Park.

1888: John Perry and Bela Hughes form Red Stone Town, Land and Mining Company, they begin plans to construct a resort community at Perry Park.

c.1890: Frederick Law Olmsted hired as landscape architect, sales brochure/booklet published with photos by William Henry Jackson.

1892-1894: Problems in establishing legal ownership of property plague Perry and other developers of the resort.

1895: John Perry died.

1904: Col. William E. Hughes, one of the stockholders in the Red Stone Town, Land and Mining Company, buys out Perry's heirs and the other stockholders to become sole owner of Perry Park Ranch.

1910: Glen Grove School built.

1912: J. George Leyner buys Perry Park Ranch from Hughes.

1918: Robert P. Lamont, Jr. buys Perry Park Ranch from Leyner.

1967: Boyd Cousins sells Perry Park to Colorado Western Development Company

Sept. 1968: First residents of Perry Park move in. First issue of Panorama published. Manor House Remodeled.

1969: Filings 2-5 approved.

1970: Filings 7 and 9 approved. Echo Hills Townhomes begin construction. Echo Hills club begins construction.

1971: Sage Port filing 2 approved. Cousins lodge converted to chapel. Golf course opens.

1972: Echo Hills Club opens.

1973: Echo Village Townhomes opens.

By 1974: 147 homes constructed. 44 under construction. 112 planned.Lake Wauconda gets new dam. Manor House and Stables open to homeowners.

c.1975: Homeowners Association formed.

c.1977: Perry Park becomes a Metro District.

Access Terms

Colorado Western Development Company
Country clubs
Douglas County (Colo.)
Golf Courses
Land use
Perry Park (Colo.)


Access Restrictions

Douglas County History Research Center material is non-circulating, requires staff retrieval and is available by appointment during normal library hours.

Copy Restrictions

The collection is used in the presence of Douglas County History Research Center staff. Some items may be fragile and may only be duplicated with the permission of the Center's staff.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Records of the Colorado Western Development Company. Inc., Douglas County History Research Center. Douglas County Libraries, Castle Rock, CO.

Acquisition Information

These records were created as a result of the normal business functions of the Colorado Western Development Company. The majority of the material was donated to the Local History Collection in 1994. Additional items were donated and added to the collection in 2003.

Processing Information

Processed by Shaun Boyd, July 1998 (First Processing of the Collection), and Annette Gray, June 2003 (Additional materials processed)

Related Material

Within the Douglas County History Research Center, Douglas County Libraries: Webb, Ardis. The Perry Park Story (Denver: Ardis and Olin Webb, 1974).; Clippings notebooks on Perry Park and Larkspur; Schafer Visual Materials Collection 1992.015; Sally Maguire Papers - Colorado Front Range Project and Perry Park 1992.016; Dana Hamling Papers 1995.025; Ardis Webb Papers 2001.012; The Glen Grove Cemetery Site Survey; Douglas County Historic Preservation Board Records

The Red Stone Town, Land and Mining Company Collection in the Western History / Genealogy Department at the Denver Public Library.

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