Tumultuous history of Rocky Flats will be captured in new museum

This article first appeared in the Broomfield Enterprise.

During the Cold War, when U.S. foreign policy centered around the nuclear arms race with the U.S.S.R., the federal government decided that weapons components should be built at separate sites. One location selected in 1951 was a windswept plateau between Highway 93 and Indiana Street in northern Jefferson County. There, the government contracted Dow Chemical to operate the high-security Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant, which manufactured plutonium triggers — a “steel or beryllium sphere containing plutonium 239 that triggers nuclear fission when compressed by explosives.” (freedictionary.com). The triggers were shipped to another plant in Texas where they assembled hydrogen bombs. Continue reading

Despain Junction: Forgotten village eventually became today’s Westminster

This article first appeared in the Broomfield Enterprise.

One of the earliest settlements in this region was founded by a farmer from Kentucky with the delightful name, Pleasant Despain. The village, originally called Despain Junction, preceded the original Broomfield village of Zang’s Spur by at least 15 years. Continue reading