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Dec 24, 2006
 
I'm doing some research on Ridge Home unfortunately there isn't very much documented information so if there is anybody who knows of Ridge Home and has any information please let me know.
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I believe Ridge Home was opened in 1910 and was just recently torn down and now has a Super Target in it's place.It was mental hospital also known as Colorado State Home for Mental Defectives at Ridge located in Arvada Co,most made up of juviniles some we're perfectly normal children that were dropped off to live there the rest of their lives then later they became socially mentaly disabled,it got the name Ridge Home because of the street that ran along side called Ridge Road.
There have been stories of abuse and neglect but nothing specific has been reported,one death has been reported.The building has been reported to be haunted,after it was torn down there has been said to still be activity...why? I'm not sure since there isn't much information on any deaths there...there isn't much information period,some has been said to be classified...This is what I'm in search of,the untold information that maybe residents of Arvada might know of or any stories from past employees ect...
I'd appreciate any information that anyone has thanks.
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Apr 30, 2007
 
that place was totally fucked target is not built on it it is still open space the old ridge homes was directly south of the ridge homes in operation today and just down the street from red rocks cummunity college bums used to live there to add to the experience as the story goes a janitor massacred a bunch of children in the gymnasium and they haunted the piss out of the abandoned nut house
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I worked at Ridge home as a volunteer from 1969 until 1974. There was nothing wrong with that home. We love all the "Children" there.

We did every thing we could to give them a Normal life.

I worked with children 7-18 years olds that were moderately retarded. Thankfully, now these people live at home because their parents LET THEM. NO one but their parents put them there.

I never saw abuse, only love.

There was a Hall that the little kids there were violent. The windows had to have boards on them, plywood height, because they threw things - every thing / any thing! But NO ONE bound them up. No one abused them. They did enough to themselves, which we tried to stop as much as we could. You have to remember the key word was retarded- but they were just kids.

I had one little girl on my regular hall name Katrina. She was 7 at the time I speak about.

She was beautiful. Long brown hair, big brown eyes, she looked normal - perfect. Her mother had her living there because of her boyfriend made her put her in there because of her disability- she was a little slow.

It was Christmas time; all the kids were home for the holiday except 3 kids. I donít remember the other 2 kids names, but I do remember they were autistic.

I volunteered to be with the kids Christmas Eve. Katrina was so sad. We all gave the kids present and I brought her an extra one, just from me. The other 2 kids where in their own lands, you couldnít reach them enough to even open their gifts.

Katrina was crying. She wanted her mom; she wanted to go home like the other kids. I asked her if she want some chocolate pudding and watch TV with me. That was the plan.

While I was making her pudding (Shak-a-pudding) her Mom showed up. I was in a room that was in L from her ( The halls had court yards with rooms around them), but I could see her.

Her mom came in the room to the right of me, and across the courtyard from her.

The RAN into each otherís arms, crying. Mom came to take her HOME. She had kicked out the jerk!!!!!!!!!

IT WAS THE BEST CHRISTMAS OF MY LIFE.

Ridge home was a school campus. Every one did the best they could for those kids, even the Old people. With out Ridge home those people would be living under bridges or in jails (which would be better then most options they have now)

Donít bad mouth what you donít know Ė You are lucky to have what you do.

THANK YOUR GOD
PorcelainPrinces s

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Dlwiesner, you worked there, maybe in the good times. My grandmother worked there before you. The place was a wreck. It was a wreck after too. MOST the people who worked there were great to the people living there, my grandma was a pill pusher, she HATED seeing how people were treated there.

Her sister had a son who was born with down syndrome, the doctor told them they should put him in Ridge Home. My grandma begged them to keep him out of there! They didn't put him in Ridge Home, instead, they let him work on the farm they owned and he grew up like a normal child. He turned out wonderful, he is in old Arvada newspapers for the wonderful work he had done at the farm.

My mom went to Ridge Home with my grandma, she said personally, it was the worst place she had ever been.

Like I said, most the people who did work there were great to the residents. But I do have reports of neglect and rough treatment. I have seen some of the chairs with straps there. They were left in some of the "newer" school buildings that are still there.

I believe, the post "geyatahi-more info" was made from my site, Defunct Playgrounds, http://defunctplaygrounds.com . No, Target is not built where the buildings were but it was on the grounds of Ridge Home. I have old pictures that show from the 1960s on my site of the old campus. Wish I had more of those.

Anyways, it wasn't all peachy there nor was it a nightmare like some heard, I have NEVER heard the story of a janitor and a massacre though. I have talked to enough people that would know that would have told me.

If you would like to read the history of Ridge Home that I have, it is here http://www.defunctplaygrounds.com/ridgehomehi... I worked very hard on the info I do have, I also have hundreds of pictures of Ridge Home on the site. I have gotten many stories and nice comments from people who used to work there as well as a couple who still do.
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There was a movie made about ridge homes called "session 9". Although totally fictional it gave the feeling of something totally wrong on the land it took place on. I can't even begin to describe the wierd vibes and noises and such while on the property. I really doubt that a janitor flipped but it was a good idea for the morbid minds to chew on. I don't think the place was "hostel" status nor do i think the place was filled with sparkles and rainbows. To Dlwiesner, I'm ecstatic that you had that heart warming experience of a truly non materialistic Christmas. It's people like you that make still believe that there is good people in the care of BD and people with learning disabilities. But i do have to inquire if you saw absolutely NO bunk treatment of "patients". I have a sister with downs syndrome and i've dealt some people that have no business caring for anyone. It's hard for me to belive that there was the best treatment anyone could imagine in such a large facility of decadence. And by the way i really resent the comment of "You are lucky to have what you do. THANK YOUR GOD" I'm very grateful to even be alive let alone what i have(not to mention what i give) and the "THANK YOUR GOD" was a great way to condescend me. Please do NOT talk down to me. I was only entertaining urban legend.
geyatahi

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Jul 15, 2007
 
so exactly where was ridge located before it was torn down,is it at the target or somewhere else?
PorcelainPrinces s

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Jul 17, 2007
 
No, Session 9 was made about Danvers. It was also filmed in Danvers. That was in Mass.

Ridge Home, the main campus was located up on the hill above the now Target, the buildings were anyways. They are building a new building now on top of what was the power house. The Target is built on what was their fields. Basically Ridge was at Ridge Road and Miller Street. Parts of Ridge is still there but being used by Wheat Ridge Regional Center and Red Rocks.

You can look at this picture, from the 1960s, I will have the sat. "map" of how Ridge was before it was torn down, soon I hope on my site. But this one, http://defunctplaygrounds.com/images/ridgehom... , the blank spot at the bottom left is where the Target and most stores are now. The really big street to the right is Kipling and the one above all the buildings is Ridge Road.
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the guy wrote:
that place was totally fucked target is not built on it it is still open space the old ridge homes was directly south of the ridge homes in operation today and just down the street from red rocks cummunity college bums used to live there to add to the experience as the story goes a janitor massacred a bunch of children in the gymnasium and they haunted the piss out of the abandoned nut house
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You should learn your facts before you go flapping your gums. You are very misinformed
PorcelainPrinces s

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I just uploaded all the maps.

http://defunctplaygrounds.com/images/ridgehom... - Overhead from 1960
http://defunctplaygrounds.com/images/ridgemap... - Before it was all torn down
http://defunctplaygrounds.com/images/ridgemap... - Again but labeled
http://defunctplaygrounds.com/images/ridgemap... - Again but closer
http://defunctplaygrounds.com/images/ridgemap... - Again but closer labeled
Mark

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I was inside the home after it was left emty a year before it was otrn down. If it there was no kids mistreated then why was ther rooms in the basement with cages and arm and leg restraints left on the walls? I have video of this but due to tresspassing will not post it. What were those rooms for?
Dlwiesner wrote:
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I worked at Ridge home as a volunteer from 1969 until 1974. There was nothing wrong with that home. We love all the "Children" there.
We did every thing we could to give them a Normal life.
I worked with children 7-18 years olds that were moderately retarded. Thankfully, now these people live at home because their parents LET THEM. NO one but their parents put them there.
I never saw abuse, only love.
There was a Hall that the little kids there were violent. The windows had to have boards on them, plywood height, because they threw things - every thing / any thing! But NO ONE bound them up. No one abused them. They did enough to themselves, which we tried to stop as much as we could. You have to remember the key word was retarded- but they were just kids.
I had one little girl on my regular hall name Katrina. She was 7 at the time I speak about.
She was beautiful. Long brown hair, big brown eyes, she looked normal - perfect. Her mother had her living there because of her boyfriend made her put her in there because of her disability- she was a little slow.
It was Christmas time; all the kids were home for the holiday except 3 kids. I donít remember the other 2 kids names, but I do remember they were autistic.
I volunteered to be with the kids Christmas Eve. Katrina was so sad. We all gave the kids present and I brought her an extra one, just from me. The other 2 kids where in their own lands, you couldnít reach them enough to even open their gifts.
Katrina was crying. She wanted her mom; she wanted to go home like the other kids. I asked her if she want some chocolate pudding and watch TV with me. That was the plan.
While I was making her pudding (Shak-a-pudding) her Mom showed up. I was in a room that was in L from her ( The halls had court yards with rooms around them), but I could see her.
Her mom came in the room to the right of me, and across the courtyard from her.
The RAN into each otherís arms, crying. Mom came to take her HOME. She had kicked out the jerk!!!!!!!!!
IT WAS THE BEST CHRISTMAS OF MY LIFE.
Ridge home was a school campus. Every one did the best they could for those kids, even the Old people. With out Ridge home those people would be living under bridges or in jails (which would be better then most options they have now)
Donít bad mouth what you donít know Ė You are lucky to have what you do.
THANK YOUR GOD
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Oct 1, 2008
 
I am taking a class at the Red Rocks Arvada campus. I was so intrigued by the boarded up gym/cafeteria building, that looks like it is owned by Red Rocks. I drove around it and the other buildings on the west side of 54th and had a really eerie feeling. Maybe because they are abandoned. So, I have been trying to find out more information on what they were and what they were used for. My teacher at the Lakewood campus said he taught at RRCC Arvada when it was held at the old high school. So, I have also been trying to find information on that. The closet thing to all of this is The Wheat Ridge Regional center ( Ridge Home?) so Ihave been using that as a starting point to figure out what they were used for before.
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Mark wrote:
I was inside the home after it was left emty a year before it was otrn down. If it there was no kids mistreated then why was ther rooms in the basement with cages and arm and leg restraints left on the walls? I have video of this but due to tresspassing will not post it. What were those rooms for?
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Hey me and a group of friends visited the buildings before they were torn down too. We took some video of the place but we have misplaced it. can you send me the video that you have?
cathy13435

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geyatahi wrote:
I'm doing some research on Ridge Home unfortunately there isn't very much documented information so if there is anybody who knows of Ridge Home and has any information please let me know.
The 1920 census shows the State Home and Training School for Mental Defectives (later called the Ridge Home or Ridge Farm) in Wheat Ridge. I believe there is also an article on the internet that says it was closed in 1939. So anyone who says they worked there in the 1970's MUST have worked at a different 'Ridge Home'. The internet article says it was built starting in 1909 '2 miles west of Arvada town'...I believe this would be the site of the new Super Target. I have it on good authority that unusual things happen in the store late at night, esp. in the toy dept. But that there does not appear to be any threat of harm to anyone. Just some unseens, probably kids, playing with the toys, esp bouncing balls.
If you 'browse' the 1920 fed census for Colorado, Jefferson County, Wheat Ridge, you will find a listing of the resident employees, including a 'Dr Buser' who was the superintendent, followed by a list of 'inmates'. According to the article I read, you died there, a relative took pity on you and took you under their care at their home, or you ended up at the Pueblo psychiatric home.
So the original 'Ridge Home' was not in existance after 1939, and certainly was not over by Red Rocks. There may have been some kind of resident facility over there, but not the Ridge Home.
PorcelainPrinces s

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cathy13435 wrote:
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The 1920 census shows the State Home and Training School for Mental Defectives (later called the Ridge Home or Ridge Farm) in Wheat Ridge. I believe there is also an article on the internet that says it was closed in 1939. So anyone who says they worked there in the 1970's MUST have worked at a different 'Ridge Home'. The internet article says it was built starting in 1909 '2 miles west of Arvada town'...I believe this would be the site of the new Super Target. I have it on good authority that unusual things happen in the store late at night, esp. in the toy dept. But that there does not appear to be any threat of harm to anyone. Just some unseens, probably kids, playing with the toys, esp bouncing balls.
If you 'browse' the 1920 fed census for Colorado, Jefferson County, Wheat Ridge, you will find a listing of the resident employees, including a 'Dr Buser' who was the superintendent, followed by a list of 'inmates'. According to the article I read, you died there, a relative took pity on you and took you under their care at their home, or you ended up at the Pueblo psychiatric home.
So the original 'Ridge Home' was not in existance after 1939, and certainly was not over by Red Rocks. There may have been some kind of resident facility over there, but not the Ridge Home.
Not sure where you are reading all this but it's bs. Ridge Home was close in the 1990s. Check your sources a bit more and you will find fed reports of investigations done there in the 1980s and 1990s.

Also try taking a trip to meet some of the people who work at what is the new Ridge Home, that happened to work there (At Ridge Home, yes Ridge Home, not under another name other than State Home for Mental Defectives at Ridge, which the name you got wrong as well) that work at the "new Ridge Home" which is basically a continuation of Ridge Home but this place does have a new name.

Check local newspaper archives, you will find your proof of Ridge Home's closing being in the 1990s. Not just following blindly from some website that apparently didn't do their homework either. Because believe it or not, not everyone who posts everything on a website is correct. And not everyone does their homework.(I have done over 10 years of research on this place, and REAL research, not following websites blindly)

So if you want to believe the bs of websites that don't have an ounce of real research, go a head, or you can believe the people who worked there, had relatives that worked there, or those who have one of those just mentioned plus a lot of freaking research.

I am currently adding real newspaper articles of Ridge Home on my site, some of which will do half your research for you.
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Not sure on this but I believe thet the borded up buildings that are still there were school houses.
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Aug 22, 2010
 
No one uses the word "Retarded"; it's special needs. If you were so close to people at Ridge Home, you would know the correct wordage!
Dlwiesner wrote:
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I worked at Ridge home as a volunteer from 1969 until 1974. There was nothing wrong with that home. We love all the "Children" there.
We did every thing we could to give them a Normal life.
I worked with children 7-18 years olds that were moderately retarded. Thankfully, now these people live at home because their parents LET THEM. NO one but their parents put them there.
I never saw abuse, only love.
There was a Hall that the little kids there were violent. The windows had to have boards on them, plywood height, because they threw things - every thing / any thing! But NO ONE bound them up. No one abused them. They did enough to themselves, which we tried to stop as much as we could. You have to remember the key word was retarded- but they were just kids.
I had one little girl on my regular hall name Katrina. She was 7 at the time I speak about.
She was beautiful. Long brown hair, big brown eyes, she looked normal - perfect. Her mother had her living there because of her boyfriend made her put her in there because of her disability- she was a little slow.
It was Christmas time; all the kids were home for the holiday except 3 kids. I donít remember the other 2 kids names, but I do remember they were autistic.
I volunteered to be with the kids Christmas Eve. Katrina was so sad. We all gave the kids present and I brought her an extra one, just from me. The other 2 kids where in their own lands, you couldnít reach them enough to even open their gifts.
Katrina was crying. She wanted her mom; she wanted to go home like the other kids. I asked her if she want some chocolate pudding and watch TV with me. That was the plan.
While I was making her pudding (Shak-a-pudding) her Mom showed up. I was in a room that was in L from her ( The halls had court yards with rooms around them), but I could see her.
Her mom came in the room to the right of me, and across the courtyard from her.
The RAN into each otherís arms, crying. Mom came to take her HOME. She had kicked out the jerk!!!!!!!!!
IT WAS THE BEST CHRISTMAS OF MY LIFE.
Ridge home was a school campus. Every one did the best they could for those kids, even the Old people. With out Ridge home those people would be living under bridges or in jails (which would be better then most options they have now)
Donít bad mouth what you donít know Ė You are lucky to have what you do.
THANK YOUR GOD
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You're an idiot and probably just out of short pants. Before the 1990's and the age of political correctness 'retarded' was acceptable and many of those who are now moving on in age from that era still use the verbage. If your delicate sensibilities have been offended, tough. This is the real world and not everyone is going to worry about what you think is 'correct'.
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No one uses the word "Retarded"; it's special needs. If you were so close to people at Ridge Home, you would know the correct wordage!
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my mom worked at Rainbow Hall at Ridge home from about 1969 to about the late 70's. she worked for ridge until the late 90's i think. it was called wheat ridge state training home during the 70's later shortened to ridge home. She worked in rainbow hall for most of her time there and it was the younger kids who stayed at Rainbow. my mom always talked about a little boy "Billy Marvin" and a little korean girl. The way my mom talked about those kids you would never think there was anything ailing them. I went to a christmas there with and was shocked to see the sad mental state of the kids but my mom would light up just being with them. The little Korean girl was blind and could not talk but she was beautiful. Later I did volunteer work with special olympians and understood what my mom saw in those kids. after the main home closed my mom worked at the satellite homes of ridge. I am sure there were incidents of some abuse as the workers would get frustrated dealing with clients. My mom did talk about some employees being disciplined for various reasons.Ridge home got the name becasue it was in wheat ridge it was just north of the railroad tracks during the time my mom worked there some blgs were on the south side of the tracks.
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in addition, i think my moms work title was "Retardation Technician"

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