For many of us today, when we think of Broomfield, CO. we think of 4Noses Brewing, The Butterfly Pavillion, or the Eagle Trace Golf Club it houses. But thousands of years ago, like most of the United States, ancient animals roamed the area becoming the fossils that draw paleontologists to the area today. Broomfield has more than just beautiful homes or our office, it has a rich history that we want to share with all of you.
In the beginning
Throughout the centuries, glaciers and floods created the plains and rolling pastures we see today, inviting herds of deer, elk, and bison into the area. These game animals led Native Americans to come into the area, Apaches, Cheyenne, and Arapaho; nomads who foraged and hunted as they followed the migrating game.
In 1803, as part of the Louisiana Purchase, Broomfield became part of the “United States”. It was considered part of the Missouri Territory until 1861 when the Colorado Territory was created, and in 1876, Broomfield officially joined the union when Colorado became a state.
Then there was farming
In 1885, Adolph Zang bought the area around 120th Avenue and Old Wadsworth Boulevard, where grains were grown and distributed to Zang Brewing Company in Denver. In fact, the train stop near the farmland was known as Zang’s Spur, in memory of the spur off the main railroad line where the grain would be loaded into trains. Dryland farms dotted the landscape, with farms breeding Percheron horses, tending fruit orchards, and everything in between. At the time, Zang had purchased around 4,000 acres of land, which is now a small part of today’s modern-day Broomfield.
And the railroad sealed the deal
The Broomfield area was surrounded – Pike’s Peak to the south, Mount Evans to the west, Long’s Peak to the Northwest, and the vast plains to the east – its central location a boon to all in the vicinity. At the turn of the century, residents banded together to petition for a postal service, insurance, programs, and social activities. With the growing obsession of the search for gold, and trappers and traders in surrounding areas, the railroad began to grow in popularity, and so did Broomfield. The Colorado Central rail connected Broomfield not only to Denver but to the rest of the world.
With passenger service being added to the railway and the start of the auto age, Broomfield was on the fast track to growth. In the post-war era, city planners took it upon themselves to build the state’s first dream community, close-knit neighborhoods where people can live, work, and play. And that’s what we all have the pleasure of experiencing today; countless miles of open space, gorgeous neighborhoods to grow your family in, and plenty of fun stuff to do a few steps in any direction.
Now that you know a little bit about its history, is Broomfield the next place you want to call home? If you’re looking to find homes in the Broomfield or Denver metro area, we can help. We’re a full-service brokerage committed to helping people find their next dream home. Contact us today and we’ll guide you through the whole home-buying process, from viewing to closing.