Guided and Self-Guided Tours
Every Saturday and Sunday
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
About Schweiger Ranch
Schweiger Ranch is the principal historic resource in the City of Lone Tree and an important cultural asset for the region. Nestled on 38-acres southeast of I- 25 and RidgeGate Parkway, the ranch is a historic gem amidst growth and development of an urban area. This juxtaposition of old and new provides a unique perspective of human settlement over time.
The Ranch was established in 1874 by Austrian emigrants John, Joseph, and Jacob Schweiger. Through purchase and homestead, the brothers began to assemble a sprawling landholding that at its zenith would comprise an estimated 4,000 acres. The Schweigers were among the earliest permanent settlers in the area. John Schweiger, eventually married Anna Scheider, a German emigrant, and built the home you see today for his growing family. They successfully farmed corn, rye, wheat, alfalfa, oats, apples and potatoes, and raised cattle (including a dairy operation), chickens and other animals. The ranch house, barn, loafing shed, and horse barn were built between 1894 and 1910. Over time a silo, tractor shed, chicken coop, granary, and cistern were added.
The Schweiger family owned and operated the ranch for nearly 100 years. Historic photos and historic accountings from Rose (see a sample of Rose's writings), the oldest of seven children raised on the ranch, relay a rich history characteristic of many pioneer families living in a remote and often harsh environment. The property was sold in 1970 and changed hands many times before coming under the ownership of RidgeGate Investments, Inc., the entity developing RidgeGate.
Guided and Self-Guided Tours Available
The ranch is open to the public for guided and self-guided tours every Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm For more information, contact the ranch at 303-790-0557.
The Schweiger Ranch Foundation
Today the property is protected as a historic landmark by Douglas County. The property around the ranch complex has been donated by RidgeGate to the Schweiger Ranch Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit formed to own and manage the ranch grounds as a community asset for present and future generations to enjoy. The Schweiger Ranch buildings have undergone significant restoration in recent years thanks to funding from the State Historic Fund, the City of Lone Tree,RidgeGate Investments, the Rampart Range Metropolitan District, and Douglas County. Efforts to preserve the property continue today, with plans to restore the loafing shed, the corrals and other structures.
Individuals may support the preservation of this valued historical resource by mailing tax-deductible donations to the Schweiger Ranch Foundation, c/o Elizabeth Matthews, 10270 Commonwealth St., Suite B, Lone Tree, CO 80124. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.