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Larkspur History


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  • Before arrival of the pioneers, the Larkspur area was occupied by the Ute, Kiowa, Cheyenne, and Arapahoe tribes. What began as a stage stop along the Territorial Road soon became a resort and eventually a town.
  • On January 22, 1862, a territorial post office was established at what was called Huntsville, Douglas County, Colorado named after Territorial Governor Alexander Hunt. The post office was discontinued on August 29, 1867 and re-established on April 8, 1869. With the arrival of the Rio Grande Railroad the name Huntsville was changed to Larkspur on December 13, 1871, by then Governor Elizabeth Hunt, for the abundant purple flowers growing in the area. Larkspur, rich in lumber, red sandstone, gypsum, and potash, prospered with the railroad and added two sawmills, a blacksmith shop, a hotel, two general stores, a school, and a casino.
  • In 1916 the American Federation of Human Rights, a Co-Masonic Fraternal Order, purchased land in Larkspur and built their administration building which is still in use today.
  • In 1965, Plum Creek, which runs along the east side of town, flooded and destroyed much of early day Larkspur including the Carlson Frink Creamery.
  • Larkspur was incorporated in 1979.
  • Visit the Larkspur Historical Society,, for more information.
  • The Town of Larkspur is home for the Colorado Renaissance Festival and more recently Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Campground
  • The Town of Larkspur is served and protected by the Larkspur Fire Protection District.and Douglas County Sheriff.

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