Kountze Lake

Quad394219 N, 1050511 W, Fort Logan, 1964 (1994)
SectionS14, T4S, R69W
Source"76 Stories," 1976, p. 94; "Lakewood - Colorado, An Illustrated Biography," 1976, pp. 82, 84
Initialdate1997-07-14 00:00:00-06
Latestdate2012-12-03 00:00:00-07
HistoryCharles B. Kountze was one of Denver's pioneer bankers and had extensive land holdings in the Alameda area, including a portion of the Belmar Estate where Kountze Lake bears his name. In 1971, five high school students discovered that Kountze Lake had been drained. As part of their Citizen's Action Lab the group adopted the preservation of the Belmar grounds as their semester's project. They obtained 3,000 signatures on petitions, wrote letters to the editor, and even appeared on television to promote their cause. Nothing immediate resulted from their efforts, but they did bring to the forefront the need to preserve the property. Two years later, in 1973, the people of Lakewood voted to purchase the land, over 127 acres. Cement for the construction of a widened Colfax Avenue that was to become a part of the transcontinental U.S. Highway 40 in the 1930's, "wound up in the bottom of Kountze Lake..."