23 Amazing Photos Showing Life in Douglas County, Colorado in the Late 19th Century

Douglas County is the seventh-most populous of the 64 counties of the U.S. state of Colorado. The county seat is Castle Rock.

Douglas County is part of the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is located midway between Colorado’s two largest cities, Denver and Colorado Springs.

These amazing photos from Archives and Local History at DCL that captured everyday life of Douglas County, Colorado in the late 19th century.

Arthur White outside the Manhart Store and Sedalia Post Office, Plum Avenue, Sedlia, Colorado, 1885
Manhart Store and Sedalia Post Office, Plum Avenue, Sedalia, Colorado, 1885
Manhart Store and Sedalia Post Office, Plum Avenue, Sedalia, Colorado, 1885
A couple (George Nickson and Sarah Paddison Nickson) stands outside their cabin in the West Plum Creek area, 1887
Group of people posed near debris after ‘a big fire’ in Sedalia, Colorado, 1889
Two young women sitting on Castle Rock, view to the south. Town of Castle Rock is visible in the distance, 1889
Whittier family and house, Castle Rock, 1889
Denver and Rio Grande Railroad Depot, Sedalia, Colorado, 1890
Plum Avenue in Sedalia, Colorado looking southeast, 1890
Plum Avenue in Sedalia, Colorado, looking southeast, 1890
The Marquis Victor house on Plum Avenue in Sedalia, Colorado built before 1876 by John Craig. The house is two stories, brick, and has a pitched roof with a chimney in the back, 1890
The Weaver House at 5068 N. Plum Avenue in Sedalia, Colorado, 1893
Castle Rock and the town of Castle Rock from the top of the courthouse, 1895
Manhart Store and house, Plum Avenue, Sedalia, Colorado, 1895
Meat market, Sedalia, Colorado, 1895
Sedalia creamery which stood ‘south of the railroad tracks, near East Plum Creek on land purchased from Lizzie Beeman’, 1895
Sedalia creamery which stood ‘south of the railroad tracks, near East Plum Creek on land purchased from Lizzie Beeman’, 1895
The Methodist Episcopal Church at the northeast corner of 3rd Street and Wilcox Street in Castle Rock, Colorado, 1895
United States Cavalry leaving Sedalia, Colorado, July 9, 1885
Men standing on and near wagons with a team of four horses, West Creek, Colorado, Feb. 25, 1896
Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad area north of Sedalia, Colorado looking north, 1897
El Capitan Livery Stable and Feed Store, Castle Rock, Colorado, 1897
Children and women pose outside the Jarre Creek School, in use from 1888-1908 at the mouth of Jarre Canyon near Highway 67 west of Sedalia, 1898

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