Franktown was the first town established in Douglas County. Franktown was founded by Frank Gardner in 1860, and it served as a temporary county seat. The first county officials were : John L. Boggs, Sylvester Richardson, and Joseph Hipley, Commissioners; Charles Perkinson Sheriff; Frank Gardner Clerk and Recorder; and Noel Webber, Treasurer.
From 1861 to 1867, there was very little increase in Douglas County's population because of the Civil War and the Indian Wars, which were fought on the plains of Kansas and Colorado. In this period, though, several new towns were established in Douglas County:
Sedalia was founded by Mr. Craig in 1865 and was first called "Round Corral". About 1870, the name "Round Corral" was changed to "Plum Station". Later still, the settlement was renamed to its current name of "Sedalia", in honor of the hometown of Mr. H.M. Clay.
The town of Parker had its beginnings as a hotel named the Twenty-Mile House. The hotel was located at the junction of Cherry Creek Road and Smoky Hills Stage Line to Denver. In 1881, it was renamed Parker in honor of George Parker.
The town of New Memphis was founded about 1864 and was located about two miles north of Castle Rock. It was founded by a land company based in Memphis, Tennessee. When Castle Rock was founded a few years later, the residents of New Memphis relocated there.
In 1906, the DuPont Powder Company began manufacturing gunpowder at a site four miles north of Sedalia. A number of houses, stores, and a school were soon built near this plant, giving rise to the town of Louviers.
As recently as 1970, Douglas County's population was quite small. Today, however, with rapid expansion from Arapahoe County and other southern suburbs of Denver, Douglas County is one of the fastest-growing counties in the country.
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