By Josie Klemaier
YourHub Reporter, Denver Post

PINE GROVE — A Midwestern electricity tycoon gave his family two choices: spend the summer sailing the world, or spend it in Colorado.

Their decision led to a historic property for Jefferson County Open Space.

Baehrden Lodge was built in 1927 at the very western edge of Jefferson County at present-day Pine Valley Ranch Park. Echoing the grand, alpine style commissioned by wealthy families in the early 20th century in places like the Adirondack region of northern New York, Baehrden tells a storied architectural history.

“It’s like a spider’s web — once you pull one thread, you find all these other threads. It’s just a never-ending quest for the truth,” said Andy Spencer, Jefferson County Open Space museum education coordinator, during a recent tour.

With the help of HistoriCorps volunteers, Jeffco Open Space has renovated the lodge’s porch, great hall and dining room and began giving tours last summer. Those free tours continue this June through August. Read more ==>