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By Janet “White” Bradford

Whether you are new to Wheat Ridge or have lived here all your life, most people don’t know about this hidden gem of our city. Due to the efforts of the Save Our Soddy campaign, started by the Wheat Ridge Historical Society founding members in the early 1970s, we are fortunate to have this one-acre park at 4610 Robb St. It is just north of the Historic Baugh House, which was also saved due to the efforts of the society along with the city’s Parks and Recreation Department.

The Wheat Ridge Historical Park is a collection of buildings assembled to tell the story of the community begun in 1859 by a handful of farmers, many of whom were here in search of gold or silver, but found providing food for the gold and silver seekers was a much more reliable income. There is the Sod House, which is on land granted to a veteran of the New Mexican Volunteers that was assigned as the first owner of the land in 1867. There is the Red Brick Museum built by Bert White, the Johnson Log Cabin, Wheat Ridge post office, and an implement shed. Each building is filled with historical information and artifacts. Our historians can tell you more when you visit.

Our Second Saturday monthly events are at the Baugh House on W. 44th Avenue and Robb Street and run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. We have crafting demonstrations, local musicians, tours, snacks and historical chat in this unique historical house. This year’s special Second Saturday events include a Festival and May Pole Dance in the Historic Park, May 12; Heritage Day and Quilt Show at the Baugh House, Aug. 11; Cider Day featuring a cider press in the Historic Park, Oct. 13; and Holiday Party with white elephant gift exchange at the Baugh House, Dec. 8.

Tours of the Historic Park are available Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $2 per person, cash or check only please; please call our museum hostess at 303-421-9111 for groups of 10 or more.

The Baugh House is open every second Saturday of the month, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; call 303-421-9111 for more information.

For more information check our Facebook page: The Wheat Ridge Historical Society. Watch for our new website coming soon!