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Hildebrand Ranch

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    In 1866 Frank Hildebrand settled Hildebrand Ranch. He built a three-ditch irrigations system to water his farmland and gradually expanded the ranch's existing log cabin into a ranch house.
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    Today the buildings of Hildebrand Ranch are part of Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms, while nearly 1,500 acres of former ranch land to the west are preserved as part of Jefferson County's Hildebrand Ranch Park.
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William R. Barnhart, “Hildebrand Ranch,” National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form (May 3, 1973).

Hildebrand Ranch,” Denver Botanic Gardens.

Hildebrand Ranch Park History,” Jefferson County Open Space, Jefferson County Government.

Andrew Sawyer, A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory of the Stockwell/Hildebrand Open Space Property, Jefferson County, Colorado, SWCA Cultural Resource Report No. 01-515 (December 2001).

Joe Vaccarelli, “Plans in Works to Increase Access, Use at Hildebrand Ranch Park,” Denver Post, February 2, 2015.

Additional Information: 

Carole Lomond et al., Jefferson County, Colorado: A Unique and Eventful History (Golden, CO: Views, 2009).

Members of the Jefferson County Historical Commission, From Scratch: A History of Jefferson County, Colorado (Golden, CO: Jefferson County Historical Commission, 1985).

Alvin T. Steinel, History of Agriculture in Colorado, 1858 to 1926 (Fort Collins, CO: State Agricultural College, 1926).