Friday Flashback: Granges

One of the most innovative and forward-thinking ideas of the 1800s sprang from the traditional conflict between cattle ranchers and farmers. Begun as a way for farmers to meet and organize, the granges evolved into much more. They became a powerful bargaining tool, a source of information, community center, banker, advocate, dance hall, schoolroom, and, in general, filled whatever functions they could to ease the lot of their constituents.

One of the oldest grange buildings in Colorado is also the oldest building in Arvada: 5665 Olde Wadsworth, originally built as the Clear Creek Valley Grange, and later the Arvada Festival Playhouse for nearly 20 years, beginning in 1994.

A list of Jefferson County Granges:

  • Ceres Grange #1, Wheat Ridge, 1873
  • Ralston Grange #2, Golden, 1873
  • Clear Creek Valley Grange #4, Arvada, 1873
  • Enterprise Grange #25, Arvada, 1874
  • Bear Creek Grange #50, Morrison, 1874
  • Centennial Grange #73, Golden, 1876
  • Loch Lomond Grange #76, Golden, 1877
  • Crepwell Grange #82, Golden, 1888
  • Elk Grange #120, Pine, 1890
  • Columbine Grange #153, Lakewood, 1906
  • Maple Grove Grange #154, Wheat Ridge, 1907
  • Wheat Ridge Grange #155, Wheat Ridge, 1907
  • Pleasant Park Grange #156, Conifer, 1907
  • Wild Rose Grange #160, Parmalee Gulch, 1907
  • Bear Creek Valley Grange #161, Morrison, 1907
  • Lakewood Grange #172, Lakewood, 1909
  • Midway Grange #173, Morrison, 1909
  • Fremont Grange #181, Golden, 1909
  • Elk Creek Grange #189, Pine, 1910
  • Genesee Grange #219, Golden, 1913
  • Evergreen Grange #227, Evergreen, 1914
  • Guy Hill Grange #237, Golden, 1915
  • Simpson Grange #238, Golden, 1915
  • Green Mountain Grange #409, Golden, 1931
  • Golden Gate Grange #451, Golden, 1940
  • Sources: Jefferson County, Colorado: A Unique & Eventful History! by Carol Lomond and Associates; More Than Gold, by The Arvada Historical Society.