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Happy Anniversary,

Highlands Ranch!

2021 marks the 40th anniversary of modern-day Highlands Ranch—but the history of this community dates back more than 100 years, to when it was first settled. In celebration of this anniversary year, enjoy a stroll back through time with some fun historical facts, articles, and photos curated by DCL’s own Archives & Local History department.

Fun Facts

Highlands Ranch History Spotlight

Samuel Allen Long & the Highlands Ranch Mansion


The historic Highlands Ranch Mansion has quite a long history in what is today Highlands Ranch.

For many years, John Springer was thought to be the mansion's first owner, but he was not. The site of the mansion originally passed from the United States government into the hands of Samuel Allen Long in the late 1800s. Even though Long spent almost four years trying to meet the requirements for free land under the Homestead Act, he ended up buying the 160-acre property outright in a $200 cash transaction. Read More »

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