Josh’s Pond — beautiful spot has a poignant history

One of the loveliest spots in Broomfield is a place called Josh’s Pond in the Lac Amora neighborhood. Situated at the top of a hill overlooking the Front Range and flanked by a series of trails, the pond is stocked with fish and edged with cattails and the odd tangle of morning glories. In addition to hikers, bikers, and fishermen, the area is frequented by blackbirds, ducks, geese, blue herons, eagles, hawks, prairie dogs, rabbits, coyotes, and other wild critters. Continue reading

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A century ago, the labor union was much more pervasive

This article first appeared in the Broomfield Enterprise.

A century ago, the labor union was much more pervasive in American society than it is today. Not surprisingly, Labor Day was a very popular holiday, celebrated with big events in just about every town in the Front Range.

Denver traditionally hosted a big Labor Day parade. In 1903, the parade featured 7,000 union members, all dressed in uniforms made specifically for the event. The frontier Denver department store, Daniels & Fisher (precursor to May D&F) awarded a banner to the best looking group of marchers, in this case the Painters and Decorators union. Second prize went to the Plasterers’ union. Continue reading