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As Colorado was settled in the mid-1800s, what is now Perry Park Ranch became the site of an early stagecoach stop in the Denver to Colorado Springs route.  The location, a cave on today's 11th tee, has carvings dating from the 1860s.  As Denver grew at the end of the century, the area became a popular destination.  In 1870 John D. Perry, president of the Kansas Pacific Railroad, visited Colorado and purchased the 4,000-acre "Pleasant Park" that would eventually be named Perry Park.

In 1888 John Perry, along with a number of other investors created the Red Stone Town, Land and Mining Company which would attempt to turn Pleasant Park into a resort destination. A dam was constructed on Bear Creek creating Lake Wauconda and a large hotel (Hotel Nanichant) was built Southwest of the lake where the 18th tee is currently located.  One of the investors, Charles Roberts built one of the only homes in the new development along the shores of Lake Wauconda (even though the entire area surrounding the lake was platted for upscale home development). The original Roberts home, the Manor House, is now the clubhouse for Perry Park Country Club. The Nanichant Hotel became a stylish site for conventions, and exclusive parties of the Denver elite, with guests arriving by stage from the Larkspur and Greenland rail depots.  In 1891, the Redstone Company engaged Fredrick Law Olmstead, the designer of New York City's Central Park and the Boston Commons to plan a resort village that would include a casino and a museum.  However, most of the plans never got off the drawing board, though a few "cottages" were constructed for wealthy Denver businessmen including the Manor House. 

Perry Park Country Club was established in 1969.  The golf course, designed by Dick Phelps was originally built as a 9 hole course which later expanded to 18 holes.  The golf course is now the centerpiece of Perry Park which drew visitors to the area's unparalleled beauty over the past century.  The golf course was purchased by its members in 2002 to assure the control of its future and to be certain that decisions are made for the benefit of the membership.

 

Historical Documentary: Perry Park in the Shadows of Giants