Wheat Ridge Colorado History began with the Gold Rush of 1859. Many people came searching for gold. The majority of seekers of fortunes were sorely disappointed.
Those that stayed took up trades to support the Gold Rush.
Fields were planted with wheat and other produce. The soil was good and water was plentiful. Though the wheat fields are gone, the rolling hills remain. Many home owners have terrific mountain views from the tops of these hills.
Wheat Ridge Colorado history shows that in the mid-1900s, Wheat Ridge was known as “Carnation City”. Carnations from Wheat Ridge were shipped all over the world. Wheat Ridge was incorporated in 1969.
It is believed that James H. Baugh built the first permanent structure in Wheat Ridge, a hand-hewn log cabin in 1860 . There is also a Soddy (sod house) located on the property. This could have been Baugh’s first home. His farm was located on 160 acres near 44th and Robb St. Baugh took advantage of the good land and cultivated 64 acres. He grew wheat, oats, potatoes and various garden vegetables.
After Baugh sold his farm, the new owner added a two-story frame addition. The house is on the National Register of Historic Places. Wheat Ridge Historical Park surround the house. There are other examples of pioneer living in the park as well as a collection of farm equipment.
A trip to the Richards-Hart grounds is a must. This wonderful Victorian home sits on acres of beautifully kept grounds. The house is at W. 27th Ave. and Benton St.The home was built by James Richards on a 160 acre homestead. The home overlooks Sloan’s Lake. Richards called his estate Lake Side. This is Wheat Ridge Colorado History!
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