Larkspur Historical Society

Ranch Harry Starr Circa ~ 1874

Harry Starr Ranch

Harry H. Starr and family lived on the Upper West Creek in the Glen Grove area of Douglas County, coming to Colorado in about 1874. The 1880 United States Census showed that Harry and wife Ellen (Mays) were living in Denver.

In 1894 the Canyon called “Starr Canyon” in honor of the Harry Starr family, was being mentioned in the papers as “a good place to pick berries and to go hunting.” Today Starr Canyon is still on the map with Starr family name.

In August of 1895 Mr. Starr’s homestead application appeared in the Castle Rock Journal. His friends Carr Lamb – from Castle Rock, George Robinson, James Ashby and King Swinney, all from Perry Park, served as witnesses to Harry’s intent to make this land his home. The land was located in section thirty-five, township 10 south, in range number sixty-nine west.

Also in October 1895, Harry ran for Justice of the Peace on the Democratic ticket; to serve in Justice Precinct 2, which was listed as Larkspur, Spring Valley and Glen Grove. Information on Harry winning the vote was not found.

Three children were listed on the 1900 U.S. Census for Harry and his wife Ellen: Anna, Thomas and Walter, who was adopted. The census gave their home as Glen Grove.

Harry worked hauling wood and also worked for his neighbors, like Benjamin Quick and Peter Brennan on their nearby ranches. Although the 1880 census records showed that Harry listed himself as a laborer; by the 1900 census his occupation was that of farmer.

Harry died in 1908 as a much respected resident of the county in which he had lived for over twenty-five years. He is buried in what was then known as the Quick Cemetery and is now known as the Glen Grove Cemetery.

Harry’s son’s remained in the Larkspur area. Tom ranched, keeping his father’s ranch and adding to it. Walter became involved with business interests in the Larkspur area. Daughter Anna became Mrs. Judd.


1930s era photo of the barns (forefront) and house (back right top).


More buildings on the ranch, notice Monkey Face and Raspberry butte in the background.

Thanks to the U.S. Census, Ancestry.com, Colorado Historic Newspaper Collection