The area known now as Applewood Knolls first began as the Howlett/O'Hayre Ranch in the 1800's. Tom Howlett went looking for water to supply his ranch and found what is now the Rocky Mountain Ditch. Tom installed the first Headgate, #24 which is located near Applewood Knolls Drive. In 1893, Patrick O'Hayre helped build Headgate #25 to irrigate the eastern portion of the ranch.
The Rocky Mountain Water Company owns the water which is maintained by a ditch rider who is responsible for keeping the water running properly and making sure the ditch banks are kept free of debris.
There are two footbridges crossing the ditch in Taft Park, one is considered a landmark, joining the subdivisions of Paramount Heights and Applewood Knolls.
Now, Applewood Knolls is a small community of approximately 765 homes located on about 280 acres between West Colfax Ave and West 32nd avenue (south to north) and Kipling Street and I-70 (east to west). The founder of this area is Mike Laprino who had a vision of creating the subdivision of homes that includes Applewood Knolls Swim and Tennis Club and Taft Park, with a picnic and play area and two foot bridges that cross over The Rocky Mountain Ditch. He began in Feb. of 1959 and finished in April of 1976. There are now a total of 10 filings.
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