Graul Green Houses

Address7900 W. 44th Ave. Wheat Ridge Co 80033
QuadArvada, 1965 (1980)
SectionS23, T3S, R69W
SourcePaper by Charles Graul; Wheat Ridge Historical Committee Biographical Sketches, Early Settlers of Wheat Ridge.
Initialdate1994-10-11 00:00:00-06
Latestdate2012-12-03 00:00:00-07
HistoryCharles Graul bought 15 acres in 1887 and began truck gardening but soon tired of it and returned to Denver where he built and ran the Tremont Hotel at 13th and Blake. His son Charles was left in charge of the Wheat Ridge property. In 1897 young Charles traded strawberry plants to Roe Chamberlain for pansy plants and became a florist. He and the plants survived the first winter under crude, demanding conditions and in 1898 he built two greenhouses. He was a florist, but in 1930 he grew cucumbers which retailed for $1.00 each. By this time he had 50,000 sq. feet of "glass." He also later grew tomatoes and pioneered greenhouse vegetable culture. His grandsons George and Charles III continued the business retail and wholesale.