Colorado Front Range life — a hundred years ago

This article first appeared in the Broomfield Enterprise.

If you’ve ever wondered what life was like in the front range a century ago, you can poke around in the online Colorado Historical Newspaper Database or browse through old newspapers at the Mamie Doud Eisenhower library. You’ll find that at least a few things haven’t changed. For example, around New Years Day, 1913, Golden’s Colorado Transcript reported that a “monster” windstorm ripped through the area at “a velocity of at least a million miles an hour,” breaking windows, pulling down chimneys and uprooting trees. 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