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  2. Platte Canyon’s own Lou Fohn, a member of the District’s Board of Directors has co-authored an article with Charles Hause, who is a member of Southwest Metropolitan Water and Sanitation District’s Board of Directors, in the most recent edition of Historically Jeffco magazine.  Mr. Fohn and Mr. Hause are both life-long residents of the “Columbine community” in which Platte Canyon Water and Sanitation District and its customers reside.

    The article entitled, Columbine community survives and thrives, gives District residents the history of the Columbine Community from its initial development in 1907 by families whose descendants still reside here today and covers the community’s significant development milestones to include: the community’s water and sewer infrastructure, the demand for housing during the Cold War and the existence of the Columbine Airport.

    Below is an excerpt of the article.  To view the article in its entirety, please click here.

    Rich in history, the Columbine Community in south Jefferson County has never had a city as a focal point for development. The Columbine Community never had a main street, a town hall or its own police and fire departments. In fact, it does not even have its own postal code; yet it thrives as a bonded community with soul. From its initial development from a few dry land farms in 1907, the Columbine Community has grown into today’s thriving residential and retail community. Its development of water resources serves southern Jefferson County as well as Denver and much of the Metropolitan Area.

    The Columbine Community survived and thrived through energetic responses to opportunities and growth in the area. A housing boom in the mid-1960s followed the opening of the Glenn L. Martin Co., now Lockheed Martin, and Johns Manville that provided jobs for hundreds who wanted to work close to home. The employees and families didn’t want to spend their time away from work travelling to Littleton for essentials. Schools, banks and retail stores were quickly established as housing subdivisions “ate up” farmland.

    With passion and commitment, Chuck Hause and Lou Fohn, with the help of the community, have launched a project to capture the history of the Columbine Community.

    Three things drove this area to what we know today – land, water and the Cold War. This brief overview of these three topics gives just a glimpse into the somewhat neglected history of the Columbine Community in southern Jefferson County.