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National Historic Preservation month

Information provided by Douglas County

On May 6, free guided tours offer area adventure seekers the opportunity to learn about some of Douglas County’s first inhabitants. The tours feature the Lamb Spring Archeological Preserve, as well as one of the oldest standing structures in the Chatfield region, the Miksch-Helmer cabin. Tours begin at 9:30 a.m. For more information, call 303-660-7460 or visit to register.

On Saturday, May 13, learn about the purpose and importance of the Grange Movement – which helped pioneering farmers successfully sell their crops – by touring the Pikes Peak Grange and the William Converse Ranch. Tours will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration is not required. Tours will start at the Pikes Peak Grange, located at 3093 N. State Highway 83.

“Douglas County’s investment in historic preservation, as well as the tremendous community support for these assets is evidence of the value we collectively assign to our County’s history and heritage,” said County Commissioner and Board Chair Roger Partridge.

While the Miksch-Helmer cabin and the Pikes Peak Grange/William Converse Ranch are the sites of some of the often-told tales as part of Douglas County’s past, the history at nearby Lamb Spring dates back even further – to the end of the last Ice Age. The Smithsonian Institution led multiple excavations at Lamb Spring in the 1960s and 1980s, resulting in the discovery of remains from more than 30 mammoths that trace back between 11,000 and 13,000 years.

The tours are sponsored by the Douglas County Historic Preservation Board, the Roxborough Area Historical Society and the Lamb Spring Archeological Preserve.

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