The article first appeared in the Broomfield Enterprise.
One of the oldest platted settlements in our region is the town of Erie, originally called Coal Park. In the 1860s, the area along Coal Creek as it meandered across the prairie was settled by a few hardy farmers. These isolated souls were connected only by crude wagon roads and by a stagecoach service along the Cherokee Trail, also known as the Overland Stage Route, which roughly followed today’s Highway 287. Homesteaders made good use of surface coal beds that dotted the plains and some ambitious folks earned a few extra dollars by gathering up the stuff and delivering it to customers by wagon. Continue reading →
This article first appeared in the Broomfield Enterprise (May 20, 2007).
Back in 1849, a wagon train came through the front range of Colorado, which was then described as a “howling wilderness,” sparsely populated by the Arapaho and Cheyenne. In a collaboration that must have been unusual, the wagon train consisted of members of the Cherokee Nation and white pioneers. Continue reading →
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 →
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 →
This article first appeared in slightly altered form in the Broomfield Enterprise (12/16/07).
For a brief period in the wilds that became Colorado, the stage coach was king. During the 1860s, the Rocky Mountain News advertised Overland Stage coaches leaving Denver every morning at 8 a.m. for a five day trip to Salt Lake and on to California. Continue reading →