The city of Broomfield had its beginnings in the “howling wilderness” of the late 1850s. At first, the settlement was little more than two stage stops along a treacherous route to California. The Church family operated Church’s Crossing Stage Stop, a day’s ride from Denver on the Overland Trail. Over many years, other pioneer families settled in: the Graves and Crooks families, the Browns, Nissens, Wrights, Koziseks, Archers, Hansens, Shaws, Brunners, and more. Some of these families claim five or six generations in the area. A century passed before Broomfield began to grow into the city it is today. In the late 1950s, a group of investors began building Broomfield Heights. As young families began moving in, the farm community was transformed into a suburban city, guided by local notables such as Don DesCombes, George Di Ciero, and others. Perhaps the most admirable aspect of the city’s history is the enormous amount of work done by community-minded volunteers. Their story is one of selfless enthusiasm, of hard work with no reward except a better place to live.
About the Author
Local author and historian Carol Turner has deep roots in Colorado, with ancestors in frontier Pueblo, Denver, Aspen, and Telluride. She is the author of Notorious Jefferson County and other books.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Pioneers and Pioneer Clans 9
Chapter 2 Builders and Public Servants 71
Chapter 3 Founders and Activists 95
Chapter 4 Hearts and Arts 111