the Historic Allis Ranch
Charles Allis and his brother, John, left England in 1883 becoming shipwrecked and then rescued before arriving in America. After living in several states and trying many vocations, Charles came to Monument in 1887 and operated a meat market in addition to buying and selling cattle. In 1908 Mr. Allis constructed the Allis Reservoir, which can still be seen east of I-25.
He met his bride to be, Minnie Steimle in Palmer Lake where he delivered meat to her family’s saloon. He leased land for his cattle east of the Greenland area. Later he purchased that land where he built a log cabin for his bride in 1911. After several children were born in the cabin the family needed more room so Charles built a new home in the town of Greenland. Mr. and Mrs. Allis had seven children in total.
The Allis family ranched, raising milk cows and prize winning Hampshire sheep. Mr. Allis was the first rancher in the area to build and use a silo for feed storage. An enterprising man, Charles opened a meat market in Arvada in 1922. Son Bill remembers when his family moved to the Denver area leaving him to run the ranch, thus insuring a steady supply of first class meat. When failing health forced him to give up his butcher shop, he moved back to Greenland where he passed away, in 1927 at the age of 65 years.
A portion of this ranch is now protected by a conservation easement that adjoins Greenland Open Space. ~ information courtesy of the Larkspur Historical Society.
Historical photo showing Charles Allis and his wife, Wilhelminia (Minnie) Steimle, along with their seven children. They were the original homesteaders, farmers, ranchers, of this beautiful, Historic Allis Ranch.. and so, the name remains!
Suzanne and Dwight are honored to continue the legacy left by the Allis family. They are the current owners, farmers, ranchers of the Historic Allis Ranch, and together they have five children. Suzanne and Dwight raise beef cattle, dairy cows, dairy goats, laying hens, finish hogs, keep horses & honey bees.. and they teach, share, promote wellness in the community.
While the future is seldom certain, the Allis Ranch will always be an agriculture way of life. The Ranch is under a land trust, agriculture, conservation agreement, and will never be developed. Suzanne and Dwight are thankful to continue the agriculture responsibilities of supplying the community with farm fresh, pure quality, humanely raised, local foods & products!