Green Acres Ranch

Address: Jctn. of Colo. Hwy. 75 and Deer Creek Canyon Rd.

The land was originally homesteaded by a Mr. Berlott in the mid 1860s. The c. 1870 wood frame gabled house and barn have board and batter siding. Shortly after the turn of the 20th century the two-story brick Foursquare style house was built adjacent to the original farmhouse. During the 1920s, the property was owned by Perry Yeast, a well-known bootlegger. He reportedly kept his "stock" in the reservoir located south of the farm complex. Eventually, he went bankrupt and the property sold at a foreclosure sale, first to International Trust, and then to Reconstruction Finance Corporation. In the early 1930s, the Green family purchased the property and renamed the farm Green Acres. They made numerous changes and improvements to the property including extensive remodeling of the brick house and added a brick entrance gate. The Greens started a successful cattle business, farm and orchards of plums, cherries and apples. At one time reportedly it boasted it was the largest dude farm west of the Mississippi and over 100,000 White Pekins and Long Islands were raised each year.
Quad Map/Date: Littleton, 1965 (1980)
Sec/Town/Range: S10, T6S, R69W
Elevation: c. 6000
Source: Cultural Resource Survey #5JF443, 1987, Colorado Historical Society
See Also: Chatfield Arboretum
Last Modified: Mon, June 26 2017

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