South of Castle Rock by 10 to 15 minutes, early Larkspur was a major lumbering site for railroad ties, telegraph poles and firewood with millions of board feet harvested from the area. With the railroads providing a shipping point, mining was also a large industry with gypsum, red sandstone and potash. With 2 sawmills, a blacksmith shop, hotel, 2 general stores, a post office, school and even a casino, the population soared at the turn of the century. Although ranching was the mainstay of the area, Larkspur and Perry Park were touted as health resorts. People from both Colorado Springs and Denver would come by rail to enjoy the fresh air. A stage line would take people to Perry Park with trumpeters and dancers waiting to greet the coach.
Today Larkspur is more known for it’s annual Renaissance Festival than its place in history. Close to the Denver Tech Center and the Inverness business center, Larkspur Colorado is a short drive from Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Littleton, Englewood, or Centennial Colorado, and only about 40 minutes to downtown Denver Colorado.