Semper Farm last remnants of old village of Semper

This article first appeared in the Broomfield Enterprise.

Just east of Wadsworth Boulevard, tucked away behind a bank of old growth trees at Pierce Street and 92nd Avenue, is a charming spot called Semper Farm. Continue reading

What’s in a name? History of Broomfield’s name

This article first appeared in the Broomfield Enterprise.

Broomfield has had to fend off a few insults for its name over the years. Some say it sounds stiff, a bit flat. Mournful perhaps. Not entirely the most creative or inspiring. Still, some interesting historical tidbits can be found behind the name. Continue reading

Train softened hard limits of early living

This article first appeared in the Broomfield Enterprise (Jan. 18, 2009).

I am one of those people eagerly awaiting a Fastrax line through Broomfield. I envision a stress-free zip up to Denver or downtown Boulder. I’ll sit by the window with a good book and listen to the pleasant clickety-clack. No parking hassles, nobody cutting me off, no traffic jams. Continue reading

Fort St. Vrain thrived briefly but closed mysteriously

This article first appeared in the Broomfield Enterprise.

Decades before the gold rush brought thousands to Colorado, the only permanent man-made structures in this wild region were several small forts stationed along the South Platte River between present-day Denver and Greeley. Continue reading

Edward Wynkoop — an early believer in Denver humbug

This article first appeared in the Broomfield Enterprise (5/18/08).

Colorado has battled a boom and bust curse throughout its history, and its early days were no exception. In 1859, wild rumors spread throughout the East that western travelers had discovered a new Eldorado in the Pikes Peak region. Continue reading

Chief Left-Hand of the Arapaho — Iconic figure and a martyr for peace

This article first appeared in the Broomfield Enterprise (4/13/08).

We live on mysterious lands. The history of our region has been on record for less than 200 years and we have only sketchy details about what was going on before the mid -1800s. Continue reading

Colorado pioneers mostly came in a wagon — the slow way

This article first appeared in the Broomfield Enterprise (Oct 21, 2007).

Those of you who are as ancient as I am might remember the old TV series, “Wagon Train.” The program showed the adventures of a group of hardy pioneers heading west in search of new lives. Continue reading

Beekeeping a big part of Broomfield’s past

This article first appeared in the Broomfield Enterprise (3/15/2009).

You’ve probably heard stories during the past couple of years about the sudden unexplained disappearance of bee colonies. (I know – one more thing to worry about !) Continue reading

William Brown family: Earlier pioneers a portrait in toughness

This article first appeared in the Broomfield Enterprise (2/15/09).

If you ever doubt how good we’ve got it these days, just dig back into history a bit (say, before the advent of plumbing) and have a look at what those folks went through. Take, for example, the life of one of Broomfield’s earliest pioneer families, William and Hattie Brown. Continue reading

William Gilpin — Colorado’s ‘peculiar’ first governor

This article first appeared in the Broomfield Enterprise (1/20/08).

Back in the day when we were part of the Kansas and Nebraska Territories, several visionaries worked very hard to make this region a territory. Some were fervent believers in Manifest Destiny — the idea that the United States was destined to extend all the way to the Pacific. Others just thought it would be pleasant to become a governor or a senator and needed a platform to make it happen. Continue reading