This oral history interview of James G. Toepfer was collected on April 13, 2015 by the Highlands Ranch Historical Society in the course of their historical documentation of the Highlands Ranch area This interview is archived at the Douglas County History Research Center, a service of Douglas County Libraries, under accession #2015.016.

James G. Toepfer served as the first President of the Colorado Division of Mission Viejo, from 1978 until his retirement in the late 1980’s. Jim and his team were responsible for transforming this basically empty ranch land of 22,000 acres into the vibrant homeowner-centric community of Highlands Ranch. This oral history recounts many of the fascinating events, people, and decisions during those early days of development.




Videographer: Mark Stevenson, Project Director for the Highlands Ranch Oral History Project,
Interviewer: Donna Rood, Project Director, HR Then and Now Project.
Assistant: Paul McKeag, Board Member
Filmed at the Highlands Ranch Mansion