HRHS Happenings

Fire Fighting in Highlands Ranch

Highlands Ranch South Metro Fire Dept. Puts Out More Than Fires: The History of Fire Fighting in HR   Highlands Ranch’s early residents had no fire and rescue services. “Before 1986, Highlands Ranch was not located within a fire district,” said Eric Hurst, Public...

Douglas County Sheriff Substation in Highlands Ranch

Highlands Ranch Douglas County Sheriff Officers Visible in Community Douglas County sheriff deputies are visible in Highlands Ranch—more often as goodwill ambassadors rather than law enforcers. But this is getting ahead of the story. The county’s law enforcement roots...

Art Cook, A Highlands Ranch Cowboy

Art Cook  was a former employee of Mission Viejo and had been brought out to help develop the Ranch from the early days of Mission Viejo ownership in the early 80's. His passing in May of 2021 was a sad day for our community. Tribute Video for Art Cook(link is...

Art in Highlands Ranch Video and Scavenger Hunt

Art in Highlands Ranch Art is very much a part of daily life in Highlands Ranch, with a variety of art forms on public display.  This program focused on outdoor  and public art, with an overview of artistic examples and people.   Travel along with Sara Walla and Jamie...

Arapahoe Hunt Club

While being an astute businessman, his true love in life was ranching with a special fondness for horses.  In 1929 Phipps resurrected the Arapahoe Hunt Club, a prestigious group of horseback riding hunters, many wearing the traditional red vestments and aided by a...

Colorado Castles

A Highlands Ranch Zoom Program - Kevin Snow   Join us for a chance to see how the well-to-do live (or did live) in the Castles of Colorado!!   This is a recording.  Colorado has always had lots of rock to work with, so building a castle was...

Gary Debus – An Oral History

A Highlands Ranch Oral History - Gary Debus   Click HERE to watch the video.   Once you access the Dropbox page, select " or continue to website" to see the video     Everyone is invited to watch this video     HRHS Membership is NOT...

In the Beginning: The First House

IN THE BEGINNING:  THE FIRST HOUSE   When Philip and Kaye Scott closed on the first house in the new community of Highlands Ranch on Sept. 28, 1981, developer Mission Viejo gave them a bonus—a 650-pound steer! “We had to buy a full-size freezer for all the...

Highlands Ranch, CO – The First Decade

Highlands Ranch, The First Decade With the creative skill of our Leadership Team Member, Mark Stevenson, who handles Special Projects, this month’s program “Highlands Ranch, The First Decade, is below.  Mark, through our Oral Histories series, has interviewed...

Israel Archeology: History and Current Scenes

Israel Archeology: History and Current Scenes Dr. Gordon Tucker prepared a PowerPoint/Video of the May program. You may enjoy it at any time. (40 minutes)   In addition to a color-coded timeline of the occupants of this land and pictures from the Tel...

Our lives, our Fortunes, our Sacred Honor

The men who signed the Declaration of Independence had very few illusions about what they were risking. How much of what they pledged did they actually lose?It was a glorious morning.  The sun was shining and the wind was from the southeast.  Up especially...

Filming Centennial At The Mansion

This video is about the Highlands Ranch Historical Society Oral History project. Filming from the Monday, April 16, 2018 meeting of the Highlands Ranch Historical Society at the Highlands Ranch Mansion. Topic was the Filming of the TV Centennial Mini-Series in...

Steve Zotos – Former Douglas County Sheriff

This oral history interview of the Steve Zotos was collected on January 22, 2018 by the Highlands Ranch Historical Society in the course of their historical documentation of the Highlands Ranch area. This video is an Oral History of two Steve Zotos, remembering his...