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.
  •  The Town was named by Elizabeth Hunt, wife of Territorial Governor Alexander 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.