Kinnikinnick Ranch was established in 1878 by John Clarke to meet Denver’s growing demand for lumber. The small homestead cabin he built still exists as the oldest part of the house. Lee and Hazel Humphrey bought the ranch in 1921 after Lee became head of the copy desk at the Rocky Mountain News. He became known as Denver’s first commuter, driving a Model T named Mary Ann for two and a half hours daily to reach the copy desk in Denver. At the time of his death in 1946, the Rocky Mountain News estimated that he had driven over a half a million miles – just to get back to the family he loved.