Dickens Homestead (Root Cellar)
136 S. Main Street
Landmark Designation: 2004
Construction Date: 1872 approximately
Architectural Style: Root Cellar
William Dickens was one of the area's leading pioneers. He came to the United States from England in 1843, originally settling in Wisconsin. He started across the plains for Colorado in 1858, arriving in the Longmont area in 1859. That year, be built the first log cabin in the area, near the St. Vrain River, about a hundred yards from the present home. The deed to his original 102-acre homestead was signed by President Andrew Johnson, and the land has one of the oldest water rights in the area, dating back to 1861. Dickens eventually owned 1280 acres, all of which he farmed.
William H. Dickens, Ida and William H. Dickens' son, took over the operation of the farm from his father, in turn passing the work on to his son, Lloyd, upon his retirement in 1940. The property remained in the Dickens family for over one hundred years, until it was sold in the early 1990s to Kim P. Knake and Ellery and Colleen Knake.