HR Then and Now: Images of America:  Highlands Ranch Book David Johnston and HRHS BOD

Program Meeting held September 18th, 2016 at the Highlands Ranch Recreational Center

Celebrating 100+ years of local Highlands Ranch history, in photos and text. 

Highlands Ranch, part of Douglas County, is known as one of the fastest growing communities in the nation. Highlands Ranch grew out of the Colorado plains through a series of settlers starting in 1859, with most homesteaders arriving in the 1880s. The homesteads were eventually unified into one grand ranch and mansion. The 1980s started 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 local government of Highlands Ranch have come together to create an enjoyable place and lifestyle that around 100,000 people call home.

Since 1991, Highlands Ranch Historical Society (HRHS) has been committed to researching, protecting, and educating people about Highlands Ranch’s history. Author David Johnston, the HRHS historian and active with the Douglas County Historic Preservation Board, has lived near Highlands Ranch area since 1977 and currently lives in Highlands Ranch. Many organizations and individuals from the community contributed in the creation of this book in the hope of preserving the Highlands Ranch, Colorado, history for present and future generations.

The Images of America series celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the country. Using archival photographs, each title presents the distinctive stories from the past that shape the character of the community today.


Videographer: Mark Stevenson, Project Director for the Highlands Ranch Oral History Project,
Speaker: David Johnston

Filmed at the Highlands Ranch Mansion