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The Castle Pines Connection serves residents of the Wildcat Mountains, a name pioneers and historians gave to the Colorado high country paralleling I-25 from Highlands Ranch and Lone Tree south to Castle Rock. Since the first territorial road (Daniels Park Road) bisected our mountains, there was no shortage of colorful characters parading through what are now private properties on the ridges of Douglas County.  We bring these grizzled and gutsy settlers alive again, vividly sharing their stories of grit and achievement in these Castle Pines.

Wildcat Lore is dedicated to digging a bit deeper in the attic of Douglas County history to better understand the life and motivations of local pioneers.


The Nicksons: Another Plum Creek seduction

By CPC | July 1, 2020

Part II: Perry Park –

By CPC | June 1, 2020

Perry Park

By CPC | May 1, 2020

The highs and lows of Benjamin and Mary Quick

By CPC | April 1, 2020

It’s a Hard Knock Life

By CPC | March 1, 2020

McMurdo Gulch Civilian Conservation Corps

By CPC | February 1, 2020

Gone for Colorado

By CPC | January 1, 2020

Chicago hitman brings rodeo to Sedalia

By CPC | December 1, 2019

Shot through the heart

By CPC | November 1, 2019

Larkspur: What’s in a name?

By CPC | October 1, 2019

Wildcat Lore: Huntsville: Stage stock and stockade

By CPC | September 1, 2019

The Wildcats by Rail: A Ghost Town Journey

By CPC | August 1, 2019

Wildcate Lore: A milling town gone coaled

By CPC | June 1, 2019

Epic Oaklands pioneers: Henry. H. and Julia Curtis

By CPC | April 1, 2019

Wildcat Lore: Sticks and then bricks

By CPC | March 1, 2019

D. C. Oakes: Famous and Infamous

By CPC | February 1, 2019

Wildcat Lore – Hattie Beeman: Forged by Fire

By CPC | January 1, 2019

Sedalia: What’s in a Name?

By CPC | December 1, 2018

Sylvester Richardson’s hard-knock life

By CPC | November 1, 2018

Career options in early Douglas County

By CPC | October 1, 2018

Willis Walker: Pioneer and Multi-tasker

By CPC | September 1, 2018

John B. Karcher, French expat, firebrand and saloonkeeper

By CPC | June 1, 2018

The heart of Tweet Kimball

By CPC | May 1, 2018

Wildcat Mountain Castles … continued

By CPC | January 1, 2018

Surrey Ridge: the rest of the story

By CPC | November 1, 2017

The Austrians: Surrey Ridge

By CPC | October 1, 2017

A motley crew: A veteran, drayman and sheriff are more Wildcat Mountain pioneers

By CPC | August 1, 2017

“I’d do it again” – teaching snapshots of Sarah Gleason

By CPC | March 1, 2017

Wildcat Lore – Rhyolite: Tuff stuff launches early economic boom in Douglas County

By CPC | December 1, 2016

Happy Canyon and other Wildcat Mountain lore

By CPC | September 1, 2016