"Building Bridges Across Time"
Historic Highlandlake, Inc. - a nonprofit, 501 (c)3 member supported, historical society - is dedicated: to preserving the rich history of the Highlandlake and Mead, Colorado region, the preservation of local historical buildings and sites, and an active, educational outreach to the community at large.
Pioneer Cemetery News
Meet Lorin Cassandre Mead, who was the first settler in Highlandlake in 1871. Along with four of his friends, he is entertaining guests at the Highlandlake Pioneer Cemetery on Sunday, June 14 from 1 - 4 pm. He is also planning on attending the 94th Annual Pioneer Day Potluck that same day at noon. He respectfully asks that you bring a food item to serve 6. He is a very hungry man - since he hasn't had a decent meal since 1908!!!!!!
Be there or be square!
Our 94th Annual Pioneer Day (formally known as Highlandlake Community Gathering) is coming up on June 14, 2015. Lots of fun things are planned for this year. First off, there will not be a formal program. Yep, you heard me, no formal program. Instead, we are having an outdoor farm show. We are still having our potluck at noon, then at one, with bellies full, the fun will begin. Hayrides through the community and to the cemetery will run from 1-4 pm. The plan is to have some reenactors at the cemetery talking about life in Highlandlake and Mead's early days.
This year for our major fund-raiser, we are having a silent auction. So far, two king-sized quilts and an amazing gardening kit are the major donations for the auction. More items are coming in.
For the kids and adults alike, try your hand at shelling corn with a 1930s era hand corn sheller, then grind your corn or wheat by hand. After that, you will want to help churn some butter in one of our antique Daisy butter churns.
Area residents, Doug Staver and Harvey Nelson are bringing some of their prized antique tractors and farm equipment to show. Doug says that some of it can even be climbed on!
We hope to have other demonstrations of pioneer crafts, and historical displays both in the church building and grounds.
This year is one that you are not going to want to miss, so come on over to Highlandlake. It is just a short drive from Longmont and an even shorter one from Mead. See you all there!
Current Fundraising Goals:
We have created a perpetual cemetery fund managed by Longmont Community Foundation. The money donated to this fund will help maintain and preserve the Highlandlake Pioneer Cemetery for generations to come. Instructions on donating to this fund will come soon, so watch this page for more information.
We are planning on doing some work on the west border of the cemetery and around the Paul Mead (founder of Mead, CO) family plots. We need to stop the soil from blowing in from the fields to the west, so a retaining wall is what we are thinking. We also want to clean up and maybe do some landscaping around the Mead plots (this has to be drought resistant since we do not have water out there) to spruce things up a bit.
This is going to cost money (about $2,000) and we will need volunteers to help do the work.
If you are willing to help by donating some money toward the cost of the projects, please let me know at: pauli@HistoricHighlandlake.org. We are a 501 ( c )3 charitable organization which means that your cash donation is deductible. See the donation button above.
Thanks so much! Pauli Smith, Executive Director, Historic Highlandlake, Inc.
Images of America: Highlandlake and Mead
Purchase this book by our own, Pauli Driver Smith, about the history of Highlandlake and Mead.
128 pages, 200 black and white photos.
Written by Pauli Driver Smith and published by Arcadia Publishing. $22.00 plus tx and shipping.
To order our book, please go here!
For more information, please contact: Pauli Smith at: 970-535-4936 or email her at: pauli@HistoricHighlandlake.org.
We're accepting any old photos, stories, newspaper clippings, or anything else that you may think will help us.
Married in the Historic Highlandlake Church? Know someone who was? We are trying to compile a wedding album, so we are looking for photos (and details) of past weddings held in the Highlandlake Church. We can scan your prized photos without damage, while you wait. So, don't be shy, bring them on! For information on booking our facility, go here.
Wedding: Michelle Fury Jensen
Photographer: Laurie Farr, Rendition Studios
Stunning photos of the Highlandlake Church by Eli Vega! These are available for purchase!
Cradle Roll 1907 - 1915. Is your ancestor listed here? Go check it out!!
Download a walking tour map of Highlandlake. Warning large file 4.4 mbts! (PDF file)
Download notes on the history of the Highland Ditch Company. (PDF file)
Mapping the Pioneer Highlandlake Cemetery
On Friday, May 8, Denver University Anthropology Professor Lawrence Conyers, and several of his students, visited our pioneer cemetery. Their mission was to map the cemetery, looking for unmarked graves, by using ground penetrating radar technology. Several newspapers and Denver TV station, 7News covered the event. Links to news stories here.
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