HRHS Book - Images of America - Highlands Ranch

Our own published book of Highlands Ranch!!
  • Available at all HRCA Recreation Centers and HRHS Monthly Program
  • Presentation at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove  
  • Hardcover:
    • $23 Members at Monthly Programs Only
    • $26 Non-Members

Highlands Ranch, part of Douglas County, is known as one of the fastest growing communities in the nation. Highlands Ranch grew from the Colorado plains through a series of settlements starting in 1859, with most homesteaders arriving in the 1880s. The homesteads were eventually unified into one grand ranch and mansion. The 1980s began the transformation from a ranch to a community when Mission Viejo started building a master planned community. Today, Shea Homes has almost completed the build out of the area. The people, businesses, and organizations of Highlands Ranch have come together to create an enjoyable community and lifestyle that around 100,000 people call home.



  • This book is the first to combine so many photos of our community with our history. The book is meant to create a guide to understanding the community that grew from 100 to almost 100,000 in 35 years.
  • Many of the locations and places in Highlands Ranch were photographed for the final two chapters that people will know today and will remember in the future. A couple of the features photographed have already passed into history since starting on the book.
  • The final photograph from Wildcat Mountain was retaken to provide the reader with a higher quality photo. The retake required working with the HRCA Backcountry rangers to access the site due to the raptor nesting closure.
  • All profits from this book go to the Highlands Ranch Historical Society.
  • Highlands Ranch Herald Article >>Click Here<<
  • Video of Tattered Cover Author Event >> Click Here <<
  • About the Author: David Johnston  

    David Johnston, the HRHS Historian, has lived near High­lands Ranch since 1977, and currently lives in Highlands Ranch. Growing up in the area David remembers picking wild asparagus along the Highline Canal in the area that is now the Highlands Ranch Golf Course. David also remembers picking up cans along Daniels Park Road, while watching the antelope play. The stretch of Daniels Park Road is now com­pletely replaced with homes.

    David has been interested in history from an early age, because it can help people under­stand both how events fit together and why current events are happening. David is cur­rently a board member with the Highlands Ranch Historical Society serving as Historian, Membership Director and Secretary. David is also currently serving as the Douglas Coun­ty Historic Preservation Board Chariman. In addition, David really enjoys being a docent at the Highlands Ranch Mansion and sharing the mansion history with the rest of the community.

    David grew up in Colorado graduating from University of Colorado in Boulder and Uni­versity of Denver. Many organizations and individuals from the community contributed in the creation of this book in the hope of preserving the Highlands Ranch history for pre­sent and future generations. David’s motivation for writing this book is to provide a his­tory for our young community that has grown from 100 to almost 100,000 in the last 35 years. The growth includes my primary motivator, Ashley my daughter, who has been raised in Highlands Ranch since birth.


Cheese Ranch - Welt Family Photo  Failings Ranch Barn  Mathew Plews - Family Photo


Click HERE for the HR Herald article about the book.