Reynolds Ranch Harvest Festival
Colorado Springs has been growing at an unprecedented pace for more than a century now and much of our colorful and unique history is being lost in the process. The Western Museum of Mining and Industry is located on the property now known as the Reynolds Ranch.
In the early 1890s, Sara and Joseph Reynolds moved west to Colorado from Pennsylvania and built the Little Red Farm House. Their farm became a working ranch that included a sawmill and dairy farm. Over the following century, many people important to Colorado Front Range history called the ranch home, including Lazzard Chan – namesake of the mineral Cahnite – and founder of the Colorado Springs Mineralogical Society.
The Reynolds house was originally part of the town of Husted, CO. Husted provided many of the raw materials necessary for the rapidly growing urban center of Colorado Springs, including milk, ice, lumber, and fox fur. With the slow decline of mining around the Front Range region, Husted slowly faded away into history. During the 1950s, the US Air Force purchased the land that Husted occupied and removed all of the remaining homes and buildings in preparation for the Air Force Academy.
Join us to celebrate the Reynolds Ranch legacy and the spirit of the fall, on Saturday and Sunday, October 7th and 8th, from 10am to 4pm! The weekends’ festivities will include a pumpkin patch, hayrides, live entertainment, food and drinks, a farmer’s market, hands-on activities and crafts for the kids, operating outdoor and indoor steam powered machinery, the Gold Canyon Gunfighters, and even an historic tractor or two will be on display! Admission is only $5 per person aged 4 and older. Members are always free!
As a museum fundraiser, search for and select that perfect jack-o-lantern from our patch of southern Colorado-grown pumpkins.