Conifer Colorado | About Trey Parker and South Park
Conifer Colorado and the notable Trey Parker
Conifer is an unincorporated community
Conifer Colorado is known as a really nice place, and a nice place to live. The average temperatures both in the summer and winter are not extreme. In the summer months the temperature lingers around the upper 70s, degrees fahrenheit, with cool nights. In the winter the coldest it usually gets is in the single digits. The area averages about 63” of snow a year.
Conifer’s biggest feature is that it’s a nice mountain community in close proximity to Denver. Consisting of a few commercial strips located on both sides of the historical U.S. Route 285. Pike National Forest runs right through town. The attractions of the community are outdoor recreation opportunities, wildlife, and gorgeous mountain scapes. There is no official town in Conifer, but you can find everything that you will need to outfit a mountain trip or basic essentials as you pass through.
There is a Conifer High School, which was ranked 434 in the top 500 schools in the nation by Newsweek in 2011. Home prices are well above a million dollars, although you can find more affordable cabin type getaways. Essentially, it’s fair to say that Conifer is an affluent community that enjoys the peaceful mountain lifestyle.
Conifer Colorado is really not a very historically significant place.
Originally known as Bradford Junction in the 1860s. The greatest historical significance of Bradford Junction is that it was a stagecoach stop for those traveling to South Park. It remained a stagecoach stop up until the 1890s when the railroad replaced the stagecoach road and lessened the amount of people stopping in Bradford Junction. At which time the area became primarily a cattle ranching community and eventually known as Conifer. Cattle ranching still exists today; although the mountain scape is now dotted with lovely homes.
Naming of Conifer
In the early 1900s the area became known as Conifer. Some say it is named after George Conifer, the proprietor of a local tavern. While others believe it was named after the conifer tree which grows near the original Bradford Junction.
Trey Parker has helped bring significance to Conifer as he is now considered a notable person of Conifer.
Trey Parker, creator of the sitcom cartoon South Park, has become a notable native person of Conifer Colorado. One can only imagine what it would be like growing up in a small community such as conifer. Such a nice place that is clearly out of harm's way and cradles youth for life ahead.
The South Park Conifer Connection
The main street in Conifer Colorado, the most historically significant aspect of Conifer, is U.S. Route 285. This route was the original stagecoach road to South Park and is still the major thoroughfare. Early settlers passed through Conifer to get to the boomtown of South Park or rather Fairplay Diggings.
The only thing that’s odd or remarkable about Conifer is that U.S. hwy 285 is the original route to South Park; and that Trey Parker grew up in Conifer. Once you put South Park and Conifer together in this context it’s hard not to wonder about these two places? Knowing that Trey Parker grew up in Conifer, a nice small mountain community surrounded by cattle ranching, and on route to South Park. U.S. Route 285 becomes more than main street Conifer. The route has history, way more than Conifer, it has direction, it was a pathway to riches and a better life. It was also the road to damnation and suffering.
Although South Park and Fairplay have a lot more history than Conifer. There is not a huge amount written down. What there is just lets us know that times were troubled back then. This quote from The Fairplay Flume of October 28, 1880, reveals the contradictory morals of that day.
“As the name implies, Fairplay was conceived from an honest motive, and we are well proud to say that the principles proclaimed by the pioneer founders of the town have been rigidly kept. The history of the past proves it, and the future will further demonstrate it.”
(Gold, Guns, and Grass South Park and Fairplay, Colorado)