Legendary Locals of Broomfield

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Legendary Locals of Broomfield
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Legendary Locals of Broomfield
Jabrocki, Aly
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Denver, CO
Center for Colorado and the West
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Legendary Locals of Broomfield | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library[12/7/2015 3:16:19 PM] Home Legendary Locals of BroomfieldLegendary Locals of BroomfieldSubmitted by CLEAVITT on 1-26-2015 10:53 AMAuthor: Carol Turner Publishing: Legendary Locals of Broomfield. By Carol Turner. Charleston, SC: Legendary Locals, 2014. 128 pages. Black-and-white photographs. 6 x 9. $21.99 paperback. Reviewer: Aly Jabrocki Those fascinated with the history of Broomfield, Colorado, or the transformation of rural western towns into larger municipalities, will find Legendary Locals of Broomfield a book of interest. Author Carol Turner, a native of Boulder and former columnist for the Broomfield Enterprise has pulled together a collection of stories told by locals which detail the history of the city and its growth. Black-and-white images, primarily donated by the families mentioned throughout the book, accompany each story. The four chapters break down the profiled residents into groups based on their contributions to the city. The first chapter, Pioneers and Pioneer Clans, focuses on early Broomfield and its formation as a rural farm town. By far the largest chapter, over a dozen families are represented here, with some images dating back to the late 1800s. Included with family portraits are images of original structures and land in the community. In particular, those familiar with the city and its major landmarks will appreciate a map of what Broomfield looked like in the 1940s. The homes of prominent families of the town are indicated, along with major routes and roads that are easy to identify today. The remaining chapters are shorter, focusing on those involved in public service, activities, and the arts. Many recipients of the Heart of Broomfield award are profiled for their contribution to the arts and culture of the budding city. Owners of businesses large and small tell brief narratives relating to their success and growth over the years. Even Shep, a dog well known during the construction of the Denver-Boulder Turnpike, has a page devoted to him and the story of how he befriended workers at the site. Turner does an excellent job of not focusing too much on any particular time period in her book. I was pleased to see that contemporary citizens of importance were also included such as author Kenn Amdahl and musician/author Richie Furay. Reading the stories is like listening to a neighbor reminisce about the past, but they are often challenging to follow. The anecdotes are interesting, but there is not always a clear view of how the stories fit into Broomfields history. The authors research appears to stem mostly from interviews with influential people and descendants of the citys notable residents rather than scholarly materials. Overall, it is an uneven but EXPLORE BY MEDIABook Reviews Photographs Video Biographies New Publications Resource Guides County Newspaper HistoriesEXPLORE BY TOPICLand & Natural Resources Government & Law Agriculture Mining Commerce & Industry Transportation People & Places Communication Healthcare & Medicine Education & Libraries Cultural Communities Recreation & Entertainment Tourism ReligionEXPLORE BY CULTUREHispanic Native AmericanKatherine Lee Bates wrote the lyrics of America the Beautiful after an awe-inspiring trip to the top of Pikes Peak in 1893.


Legendary Locals of Broomfield | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library[12/7/2015 3:16:19 PM] Auraria Library 303-556-4587 1100 Lawrence Street Denver, Colorado 80204 In the News Partners & Donations About Us Contact Us often fascinating read that can be enjoyed across generations. An index is included, so the book does have value as a reference tool for casual historians and genealogists. However, some may not find historical value in all of the stories. Images are clear and sharp but could benefit from better contrast as many are flat in tone. Portraits dominate the book, formal in the early years and transitioning to more candid shots after the mid-twentieth century. Reviewer Info: Aly Jabrocki is currently an audio archivist for the State of Colorado Archives as well as a board member and state deputy coordinator for the Colorado Historical Records Advisory Board (CHRAB). Previously she worked for the Denver Museum of Nature and Sciences Image Archives and has a strong background in working with historic images of all formats in a variety of institutions across the Front Range. She earned her BA in art history with a minor in photography from the University of Cincinnati. In 2009, she received her MLIS from the University of Denver and became a certified archivist in 2012.