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Contact: Jacqui Ainlay-Conley, Museum Administrator, City and County of Broomfield
Telephone: (303) 460-6824
Date: June 5, 2014

Restoration of the historic Broomfield Depot is underway!

The restoration of the Broomfield’s first and only train depot has started.  Constructed in 1909, the building now houses the Broomfield Depot Museum.  The museum will be closed until December 2014.  

The project is divided into two phases.  Phase 1 will address the building’s structural components and utility improvements required to protect the longevity of the depot.  Construction of phase 1 is anticipated to be completed in August.  

The City and County of Broomfield received a Colorado State Historic Fund grant for phase 2, which includes the restoration of the historic wood windows and the exterior doors, wood siding, and wood trim.  Phase 2 is scheduled to begin in September.  

Updates about the project’s progress will be posted on the museum’s website, www.broomfielddepotmuseum.org, and on the Broomfield Depot Museum’s Facebook page. For more information contact the Museum Administrator at 303.460.6824.

In order to provide the community with an opportunity to learn more about our local history the museum has partnered with the Broomfield Depot Museum Friends and the Crescent Grange on a lecture series “Local History Comes Alive.”  For more information on the talks, which are held in the historic grange building at 7901 W. 120th Ave, please see www.broomfielddepotfriends.org. 

Contact: Jacqui Ainlay-Conley, Museum Administrator, City and County of Broomfield
Telephone: (303) 460-6824

Date: May 27, 2014 

Second historic talk tells of massacre, wars

Colorado appeared to be on the edge of a civil war a hundred years ago. In May of 1914 the Colorado General Assembly convened a special session in the wake of coal miner strikes and violence across the state.  In the second of a series of talks about local and regional history, on Wednesday, June 4, Ron Buffo presents  “The Battle at the Hecla and Ludlow Massacre: the Colorado Coalfield Wars of 1914” giving a broad perspective on the history of the state’s coal mining disputes that includes the Hecla Mine in Louisville.   

The speaker series is a partnership between the Broomfield Museum Depot Friends and the Crescent Grange in Broomfield designed to bring area history to life on the first Wednesday of each month continuing through Oct. 1. All the talks will be at the historic Crescent Grange building, 7901 West 120th Avenue, beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is free but donations are greatly appreciated.

Buffo, formerly editor of the Louisville Historian and member of the Louisville Historical Commission, is a retired Boulder Valley School District history teacher and has done extensive research into the labor unrest in the northern Colorado coalfields focusing on the Long Strike of 1910-1914.

The Hecla Mine conflict followed the Ludlow Massacre near Trinidad, Colo., in 1914 where Colorado National Guard and Colorado Fuel and Iron Company guards attacked a tent settlement of miners, killing men, women and children.  This same group was sent to deal with strikers at the Hecla Mine.

Buffo will relate more details of the night of April 27, 1914, when 14 hours of gunfire took place between the striking Hecla miners, mine operators and the strike breakers brought in by the mine operators. He also brings photos to intrigue attendees.

Future talks in the series include “Social Life in Western Mining Camps” on July 2, “Bees, Broomcorn and Beer: An Agricultural History of Broomfield” on Aug. 6, “Railroad Stories: Tracks across Colorado and Broomfield” on Sept. 3 and “Phantom Towns, Disappearing Camps and Other Places near Broomfield” on Oct. 1.


The Broomfield Depot Museum is closed for the summer during restoration work, to reopen in the fall.  For further information about the museum call 303-460-6824 or see the museum’s website at broomfielddepotmuseum.org.  For more information on the Broomfield Depot Museum Friends go to broomfielddepotfriends.org.