Black Forest borders the north end of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Black Forest encompasses some 20,000 acres. From the air it looks like a dark mass because of its dense Ponderosa Pines located in a general small area. It is believed Black Forest got its name from a German immigrant that visited there and it reminded him of the “Black Forest” in Germany.
Arrowheads and charcoal provide evidence that Native Indians occupied the area at least 800 years ago. Ute and Comanche Indians were the first. The Ponderosa Pines provided them with fuel and timber lode poles. The Kiowa’s displaced them in 1800. The Arapahoe and Cheyenne drove them out and they were the last Native American Indians to inhabit Black Forest.
White people settled in the late 1850s. Black Forest became a source of scarce timber. Several dozen sawmills were constructed in 1860. General Palmer (founder of the Denver Rio Grande Railroad and instrumental in the building of Colorado Springs), bought 43,000 acres.
Today, there are many ranches so you will see horses everywhere. Wildlife is abundant also. You have the beauty of the trees and the mountain atmosphere, which gives you plenty of privacy. Black Forest encompasses 3 school districts and a population of around 16,600 residences. Altitude is between 6500 and 7800 high depending on where you live.
The summer of 2013 brought a wildfire with 500 homes affected. The area is being re-built so it’s a great place to build a new home. Median home values ranges from $328,000 to $468,000 ( $159.00 per square foot). Zillow predicts that values have gone up 5.6% over the past year and will rise 3.3% within the next year.
Black Forest is between Colorado Springs and Denver so you have many area attractions to choose from, to name a few, Garden of the Gods, Air Force Academy and Pike’s Peak.
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