On June 1, 1871, Lorin Cassandre Mead and his wife, Elizabeth, stepped off the
stage in front of the “Old Colony Building,�?and surveyed the dusty main
street of the recently established Chicago-Colorado Colony. Only a few
months old, the colony, soon to be known as Longmont, already boasted four
or perhaps five hundred citizens, “full of faith in the enterprise so
auspiciously commenced.�?Read more. . .
You can find an index here for some of the histories, letters, newspaper articles, and biographies that we have in our collection concerning early residents, families, and stories about Highlandlake's early days. Coming Soon
From its earliest days, Highlandlake had a Justice of the Peace. Since crime was rare, Frederick P. Waite rarely had the need to hold a court. However, it seems that when he did, it was usually about water rights, or unpaid bills. Coming Soon
The Highlandlake School was first opened in the fall of 1877. That first fall they met in their teacher's home. By the spring of 1878, a proper school house was erected. Read more here. . .
Agriculture was the original reason that Highlandlake came to
be. When L. C. Mead first homesteaded this area, his original plan was to raise
sheep. There is no evidence that he ever did this, but instead decided to grow
wheat instead. The first year he planted 80 acres of wheat, and within a few
years had brought the Highland Ditch down from near Lyons, enlarged the lake and
built a dike on the south shore of the lake. Coming Soon
This sections contains links to obituaries, marriage records, real estate, and similar records. Click Here
1883 was a busy year for Highlandlake. The little village was growing and the services of a post office were not only desired, but necessary for the flourishing little community. On November 11, 1883, the first post office was opened with William Henry Oviatt appointed as Postmaster, and Highlandlake finally had a place of its own on the map. Coming soon.
Highlandlake had its own column in the area newspapers, including those in Longmont, Berthoud, Platteville, and later Mead. Local gossip was the main fare, giving us glimpses into the daily lives of Highlandlake citizens and the surrounding areas. Coming Soon.
The Historic Highlandlake Church building is owned and operated by Historic Highlandlake, Inc. a 501 (c)3 Colorado non-profit, historical society Since 1917, it has served as a community center and event venue. For our building's history, click here. For information on booking our building for your event, click here.
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