The pace of life in Parker seems more leisurely than the other suburbs of Denver. It has the atmosphere of a small town with aspects of a rural lifestyle. All while boasting the perks of having a big city nearby. Residents enjoy access to an abundance of activities including community farmer’s markets, fly fishing in unbeatable waters, world class golfing, and endless mountain bike, dirt bike, hiking, and equestrian trails. In Parker, you rarely find yourself in search of something to do.
Cultivating culture and honoring history are also prevalent parts of the Parker community. Parker started out as a small cow town, and strives to maintain the authenticity and western flair. They do so by hosting frequent local events, such as Parker Days, that keep the community in touch with its heritage. While Parker was once a sleepy Colorado town, today it is much more vibrant with its own unique pulse. Downtown Parker has a lively nightlife with a diverse bar and restaurant scene, restaurants, live local music, and a brand-new Distillery and Tap House opening in 2018.
For those who desire a taste of the true Colorado lifestyle and an area to plant roots, Parker is a wonderful place to call home. A place where country pleasures combine with modern day necessities to create a picturesque town that truly offers the best of both worlds.
Parker was once used by Native Americans for hunting. The trails were later used by early traders, trappers, gold seekers, and frontiersmen, such as John Beck and Kit Carson. The main trail, known as the Cherokee Trail, evolved into a stage line for traveling in and out of Colorado.
After Gold was discovered in Colorado, a one room building was built south of the present-day Parker United Methodist Church. This building handled mail, provided provisions and a place to leave messages. It was name Pine Grove and became a traveler’s refuge. Over time, the building grew to include ten rooms, a ball room, and some buildings to house animals and wagons.
The property traded hands a few times before finally coming under the ownership of James Sample Parker in 1874. With Parker at the helm, the Pine Grove prospered. James Parker granted rights-of-way for future roads, ditches, telephone lines, and eventually the Denver & New Orleans Railroad.
Land West of Highway 83 was owned by James Parker. The land east of the highway was owned by his brother George. George established a saloon and played a large role in seeing that other instrumental businesses located to the town. The railroad brought many people to live there, and by the turn of the century Parker boasted a hotel, the post office, two blacksmith shops, water tower and pump house, three general mercantiles, a dry goods store, a saloon, a livery stable, a brick works, a stock yard, a creamery, a barber shop, a school, and a few miscellaneous dwellings.