History

History

Pronghorns in Highlands Ranch

Pronghorns have a special place in the history of Highlands Ranch!  They are unique and beautiful animals, and once roamed freely on the land that would become Highlands Ranch.  Highlands Ranch when Mission Viejo first arrived....no homes, lots of pronghorn!  Mission...

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Bird Art in Highlands Ranch

Bird art, like animal art, also dots the Highlands Ranch landscape. THE EPIC BIRD The bird “flying” on signs is immediately recognizable to drivers entering Highlands Ranch. In 1981, builder Mission Viejo asked Brock and Associates marketing firm to develop a logo for...

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The First Homes and Subdivisions

THE FIRST HOMES AND SUBDIVISIONS IN HIGHLANDS RANCH The first homes were built starting in 1981 and sold by MV in what is today the subdivisions just to the north and south of Northridge Park and Rec Center.  They include the Grove, Bayfield, and Stoney Point. The...

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The Highlands Ranch Herald, Community Newspaper

In March of 2021 Jerry and Ann Healey, owners and publishers of the free, weekly community newspaper Highlands Ranch Herald, sat down with the HR Historical Society to discuss the history of the newspaper, how the newspaper reflects and reports the local news, and the...

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The First Convenience Center (Shopping Center)

The First Convenience Center: Highlands Ranch’s First Shopping Center Opened in 1983 When Highlands Ranch was first built in 1981, residents had to travel outside their new community for shopping. There weren’t shopping centers, let alone stores or markets. At that...

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