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August 2017
Written by Administrator2   
Wednesday, 02 August 2017

Heritage Day was begun in 2009 to celebrate the Sesquicentennial (150) years of James Baugh settling here. In 2009 they were still working on the restoration of the Baugh house. Many wanted to see the progress so Heritage Day was born.

The original house was built in two phases: A cabin built by Baugh soon after August 1859, it is 1 ½ stories of hand-hewn logs with 2 doors and 2 windows. In the early 1900’s the second owner, Samuel Longnecker built a wood-framed house which encapsulated the 1859 log cabin and was two stories.

After the house was damaged in 1991 when the interior and some of the exterior walls and the roof sustained fire and water damage, it then sat vacant for many years before being rescued!

  Complete and authentic restoration has been accomplished in many small steps. With the WRHS members and the Parks department heading the efforts, they secured a Jefferson County Open Space grant and the City acquired the 3 acre site. A $75, 000. Anonymous donation was used to provide matching funds for the grants. 

This year we will be celebrating HERITAGE DAY on the Second Saturday of August 8-12-17 at the Baugh House 44th & Robb St. from 10 am to 4pm.

·        Vintage Quilt show

·        Tours at Baugh house and Historic Park

·        Lunch / Root beer Floats for nominal fee

·        Music – bring your voice or instrument and join in

·        Bring your questions about the Wheat Ridge area to our historians


Lunch will be served at noon with our grill-master Michael serving up Hot dogs and Sausage!!! There will be beans, potato salad, chips, water with homemade salads and desserts from our wonderful volunteers.

Our monthly meeting of the Wheat Ridge Historical Society will be on the Second Tuesday  of August 8-8-17 at 7 pm at the Red Brick Museum at the Historic Park 4610 Robb St. We will be finalizing plans for the Heritage day celebration. Volunteers are needed for the salads and desserts for the Heritage Day along with a set up crew.

The Wheat Ridge Quilt Circle will meet the 4th Wednesday on August 23rd from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm they will be discussing how the Quilt show went at Heritage Day and how we might improve for the next year’s Vintage Quilt Show!  

We are looking for a group to help with our Port-o-Potty cover design. Perhaps the  4-H, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, FFA, Wood shop class or others. We have rough cut log look lumber being donated so we need to work up a design-then install the boards to make it have a more “historic” feel. Please contact Jane Harvey at the Museum 303-421-9111.

One of our historic buildings at the Historic Park at 4610 Robb St is the Post Office which was originally at the corner of 38th & Wadsworth. We have “historic “boxes available to the public for $500.00 for a large and $100.00 for the smaller size.  The archives in this building are very intriguing and anyone writing about Wheat Ridge history should plan a visit to see this collection.

Wheat Ridge will soon be turning 50 years old so we are gathering information for a book that will be available thru the City of Wheat Ridge so if you have some information to share about our city or its history please stop by the Historic Park Tuesday Thru Friday 10 am to 3 pm or give us a call at 303-421-9111, we have email also This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

As always I look forward to seeing you at our next event!

Janet “White” Bradford

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 02 August 2017 )
July 2017
Written by Administrator2   
Monday, 03 July 2017

Summer is upon us, time for picnics in the park with free music on Wednesday nights at 6:30 pm at Anderson Park. This will get you in the mood to enjoy free music with us at our Heritage Day celebration  on August 12th. So save the date for old time music, lunch, root beer floats, tours of the Baugh house and Historic park plus a Victorian Quilt show on August 12, 2017 from 10 am to 4 pm.  

This month our SECOND SATURDAY event will also be at the Baugh house on July 8, 2017 from 10 am to 2 pm. This month we have some members bringing plants for people to take with them, extra starters that need a home so stop by and pick some up! (Donations accepted)  We will have tours of the Baugh house and historic talks while rocking in the chairs of this unique historic sight. 

Our Historic Society meeting will be the SECOND TUESDAY July 11, 2017 at  7 pm in the Red Brick house at the Historic Park 4610 Robb St. We will be finalizing plans for the Heritage Day and volunteers will be needed so plan to attend if you can.  

The Wheat Ridge Historic Park 4610 Robb St. is open Tuesday thru Friday's from 10 am to 3 pm where you can see all of the historic buildings with a tour for only $2. per person (cash or check please!) It is amazing what you can learn there! Claudia Callas is an amazing historian who recently taught me how to make a small basket using Wild honeysuckle, also known as woodbine,( I always called it bine weed and it is the monster in my garden and yard). I never thought woodbine had any purpose other than frustration! What a fun thing to learn while chatting about Wheat Ridge history. 

Claudia also told me about John Zengeler, 71 years old, a valued member of the Wheat Ridge Historical Society for many years who died Friday June 9, 2017. Overcome with depression about health issues John sought peace in death. He will be missed and our thoughts are with his family at this time.

The White Family also suffered a loss recently. My beloved brother Paul "White" Bradford of Portland Oregon passed away on Saturday July 1st. His unexpected loss is still stunning to our family and I am still trying to process his death. His ashes will be spread later at our family cemetery at the homestead in Moffat county. My wish is that each of you who read this take time to hug a family member in his honor.

Life is a funny thing you never know what is around the corner so take time to enjoy your family and friends. A great way to do that is with sharing history. When you talk about the olden days let your family know what you want to do with some of your personal items, it is hard for families to know your wishes if you do not let them know.  Remember, Antique items, old Wheat Ridge Area photographs, year books and other memorabilia can be preserved for the future by donating them to the Historic Society.   

As always I look forward to seeing you at our future events,

Janet "White" Bradford  



Last Updated ( Monday, 03 July 2017 )
2017 Schedule
Written by Claudia Worth   
Friday, 16 June 2017

The Wheat Ridge Historic Society Event Schedule 2017

Open House and Tours at the Baugh House - a log cabin encapsulated within a Victorian 1900's house are on the second Saturday's at 44th & Robb Street in Wheat Ridge join us for rocking on the chairs reminiscing about Wheat Ridge "back in the day”. Second SATURDAYS -10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  February 11, March 11, April 8, June 10, July 8,  September 9, November 11, December 9 2017 ( our Holiday Party).  


May Festival – Saturday May 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Historic Park 4610 Robb Street.  A time to celebrate the arrival of spring and to enjoy music and food for a nominal fee.

Heritage Day  - Saturday August 12, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Baugh House 44th & Robb Street. Featuring a Quilt show, old cars and tours with music  in a 1900’s Victorian.  

Apple Cider Day -  Saturday October 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Historic Park 4610 Robb Street.  Bring your own apples and containers to hold the cider pressed on our own presses for only $5. Lunch is served for a nominal fee. Music, dancing and fun for all!

 Musicians are always welcome to join the jam session led by Joanne Crippen of Golden Strings, at the three major events and our December Holiday party!!!


 The Wheat Ridge Quilt Circle meets the 4th Wednesday of the month at the Red Brick house at the Historic park 10:30 am to 2:30 pm  January 25, February 22, March 22, April 26, May 24, June 28, July 26, August 23, September 27, October 25, November 29 (5th Week due to Thanksgiving) no meeting in December. 

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 02 August 2017 )
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