Bent Tree - Getting Started
by Steve Fuhrmann
The Beginning. Robert Burns (Bob) Moore and Kenneth H. (Ken) Barber bought the land which is now Bent Tree around 1960. They bought about 300 acres in three separate parcels from the Higby and Higby offshoot families and assembled the land in the name of their wholly owned company, the Northgate Company. Moore and Barber formed Arrowwood Development Corporation, also wholly owned, in 1984 to develop the land. The name Arrowwood in Arrowwood Development Corporation was a carry over from the area by that name, adjacent to Bent Tree on the west, which Moore and Barber earlier developed. Moore and Barber transferred land parcels from Northgate Company to Arrowwood Development Corporation at appropriate times to begin development. Arrowwood Development Corporation was formed specifically to develop Bent Tree; no other projects are anticipated. Moore and Barber, in their various projects, generally designate one of themselves to take the lead; Moore is the managing partner for Bent Tree.
Robert Burns Moore. The gorgeous view southward from Monument Hill and the wonderful ponderosa pine trees of the Black Forest area made an impression on Bob Moore in the early 1950s. He and some friends formed a small partnership and developed Colorado Estates in about 1955 (the Elephant Rock area between Monument and Palmer Lake). Then came Wakonda Hills (west of Beacon Lite Road north of Monument), Arrowwood (west of Bent Tree), Canterbury (east of Bent Tree), Shamrock Hills, Eldorado Acres, Chaparrel Hills, and Pine Cone Acres (all generally in the Black Forest area). Moore participated in the initial phases of Walden. He then branched out to the mountains and did several subdivisions in Park, Teller, Custer, and Douglas counties. Moore then turned to the crowning project of his career, Bent Tree. He says, "It has been most gratifying to build something and enjoy this beautiful state of Colorado. The lovely mountain views and beautiful trees, and the mix of views and trees and meadows is absolutely fascinating to me. I want to make Bent Tree the most outstanding subdivision which I have had a small hand in." Moore realizes it takes more than a developer to make a successful subdivision, "The residents are the ones that make the subdivision--not the developer, planner, or road builder. Working with the people in Bent Tree and the Bent Tree Property Owners Association has been one of the highlights of my career."
The Name, Bent Tree. In the 1970s Moore and Barber were beginning forestry management in Bent Tree. The trees were so thick and crowded they grew thin and spindly in many places. The weight of snow in the canopies would bend some trees all the way over to the ground in an arc. So the name Bent Tree originated to a certain degree from the number. of bent trees in the area. Now the trees are thinned, healthier, and stronger. The photo at the right, from nearby Fox Run Park in 2006, illustrates what Moore described.
The Street Names. Moore has compiled a list of hundreds of potential street names over years in the business. For Bent Tree he wanted street names that had qualities of dignity, high end, courtly, and top of the line. For that he turned to the English section of his name list, which had been compiled from a London street directory and map. A developer has to submit several alternatives to E1 Paso County for each street to be named. The county, in turn, will choose a name that is phonetically unique to facilitate emergency responses. So, Bent Tree street names were chosen by El Paso County from alternatives submitted by Moore and associates.