Columbine Open Space connection with Maytag Washing Machine Company?

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Saturday, May 3, 2014 - 11:00am to 2:00pm

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Columbine Open Space connection with Maytag Washing Machine Company?
What does the County’s Columbine Open Space have in common with a household appliance?   Join members of the Douglas County Historic Preservation Board on Saturday, May 3 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. for an open house at Columbine Open Space and learn about the former cattle and dairy farm’s connection to the Maytag Washing Machine Company.

In addition to discovering the Maytag heritage, event attendees will hear much more about the property – from its original homestead in 1870, the historical use of three structures that remain on the property today.  The May 3rdevent is free and no rsvp required. Columbine Open Space is located at 2 Faraway Place, just south of the Town of Castle Rock on the east side of Interstate-25 Frontage Road.

May also marks the opening of the Larkspur historic glass bottle exhibit on the Douglas County Virtual History Museum, featuring historic glass bottles found in the Town of Larkspur.  Please visit www.douglas.co.us/museum/ for a tour of this exhibit and the entire museum without having to leave home.  The five-year-old virtual museum features Douglas County’s prehistory and history and is staffed entirely by community volunteers. For more information on volunteer opportunities, please contact Norma Miller, Museum curator, at 720.733.6905.

Douglas County supports historic preservation and awareness, and the Douglas County Commissioners will issue a proclamation declaring the month of May as Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month, and dedicating it to the memory of Penny Burdick, a local historic preservationist.

Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month was first celebrated in 1971 when the National Trust for Historic Preservation created a week-long spotlight of preservation efforts in the U.S.  Throughout the years, the week became a popular annual celebration and in 2005, the National Trust dedicated the entire month of May to celebrating our nation’s history. Colorado initiated Archaeology and Historic Preservation Week in 1990 and expanded it to a month-long celebration in 2001.

For more information on the history of Douglas County and the Douglas County Historic Preservation Board, please visit www.douglas.co.us/historic/  or call 303.660.7460.

Location

Columbine Open Space
2 Faraway Place
Castlerock 39° 31' 23.4984" N, 104° 56' 4.8912" W