Everhardt/Herzman Ranch

Address: 1/2 mi. S.E. of junction of Lone Peak Dr. and N. Mountain Park Road., in the middle of a meadow, 5 mi. S.W. of Evergreen

Located on a mountain meadow outside of Evergreen, the Everhardt Ranch consists of a group of seven buildings on ten acres of land. The two most prominent buildings are the c. 1885 main house and the barn, but there is also a bunk house, shed, animal shelter, machinery shed and turkey coop. The 1867 barn originally consisted of two separate structures which were joined sometime between 1867 and 1871. Johnny Everhardt, a bachelor, homesteaded the property as the first settler in the area. Everhardt originally came to the region during the 1859 Gold Rush, but stayed with his brother to establish a ranch and logging operation. His first cabin was burned by Indians one winter when he drove his cattle down to the South Platte River near Chatfield. There was a school on the property for the children of the area. It was later turned into a granary by Charles Herzman, who purchased the house and the land in 1890 after it had been foreclosed. Herzman built a small cabin on the property for the Everhardt and cared for him with county support until Everhardt died. The Herzman family worked the ranch until 1949, when the land was leased to Enos Wilson, owner of Evergreen's Wilson Dairy Farm. It was place on the National Register of Historic Places (5JF183) on May 7, 1980.
Quad Map/Date: Conifer, 1965(1994)
Sec/Town/Range: S19, T5S, R71W
Elevation: c. 7800
Source: Inventory Data Form #30/02/0018, Connie Fahnstock, May 1974, Jefferson County Historical Society, Hiwan Homestead Museum Library; National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form #5JF183, 1979, Colorado Historical Society.
Last Modified: Mon, June 26 2017

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