We Are Black Forest
Black Forest, Colorado
Welcome to the Black Forest Community
The Black Forest is named such for the high density of Ponderosa Pines located in the area. There is evidence that the Black Forest area was occupied by Native Americans at least 800 years ago; the dense Ponderosa Pines provided them with protection, fuel, and timber.
When American pioneers began to settle the region in the late 1850s the Black Forest became an important center of activity, primarily as a source of scarce timber. Although lumbering continued sporadically through the 1950s, farming and ranching had become the dominant activities by the 1880s. A wide variety of crops was raised, including cattle, sheep, alfalfa, wheat, corn, hay and beans. Potatoes, however, were the agricultural product for which the Black Forest area became most renowned. The drought of the 1920s and the Depression of the 1930s combined to eliminate most types of agriculture in the planning area. By the 1920s the area was mostly consolidated into large ranches. Some of these remain today.
The Black Forest Preservation Plan was developed in 1974. Although some newer suburban subdivisions have been created within the boundaries of Black Forest such as Flying Horse Ranch, the community of Black Forest still retains a rural image and legacy. Some of this legacy is in the form of remaining historic sites and structures.*
**Source: the Black Forest Preservation Plan
Black Forest Festival
The Black Forest community in partnership with the Black Forest Community Club is excited to announce the Black Forest Festival will take place on August 15, 2020. The festival is a longstanding tradition in the community and has been held in the Black Forest for over 40 years. The festival offers family-friendly events and activities, including a parade, local farm displays, petting zoo,
hands-on fun for the kids, live music, and more.
Keeper of the Keys
The tradition of the Keeper of the Keys began in the Black Forest in 1960. The Keeper of the Keys of the Forest was started to honor early members of the community for their service to the Black Forest. This tradition continues with an annual selection of a Black Forest resident that is active in promoting and preserving our way of life in the Black Forest. Nominations are now being accepted
for the 2020 Keeper of the Keys.
Black Forest Biergarten
The Black Forest community is pleased to announce the second annual Black Forest Biergarten, hosted by the Black Forest Community Club will take place August 14,2020 from 6:00-9:00 pm. In conjunction with the Black Forest Festival, our souvenir glass will highlight the theme “We are Black Forest.” This event is a time for the community to connect over some great brews and music. Come out and connect with your neighbors under the Forest night sky!
We are excited to introduce a community-oriented Farmers Market in Black Forest and opening day is May 23rd! Our mission is to support a healthier community by providing an opportunity for local farmers, food producers, artisans, and crafters to sell their products directly to the consumer in an educational, friendly, and community-oriented environment.
Black Forest Community Club
The Black Forest Community Club was chartered in 1929 as a social organization for families living in the Black Forest north of Colorado Springs. The club occupies a unique, community-built log building at the corner of Black Forest and Shoup Roads that is over 80 years old. The club has been the site of many events over the years including Black Rose Society concerts and many local clubs. The club also sponsors Boy Scout Troop 70 and Cub Scout Pack 70.