Tour of Historic Zang House in Broomfield – August 2023
Tour of the historic Zang Ranch House in Broomfield, took place on the evening of August 31, 2023. The current owner, Diana E., gave BGS members and guest a wonderful introduction to the Zang family and their history in the Broomfield / Denver area in the mid- to late 1800’s and early 1900’s.
To learn more about Zang and Broomfield history, please check out these sites on the web:
- Historic highlights of Broomfield County – The Zang Family (Rundus Funeral Home)
- Broomfield, Colorado (Genealogy Trails)
- History of Broomfield (City and County of Broomfield)
Tour of Historic Ft. Lupton Trade Fort – June 2023
BGS members toured Lupton’s trade fort June 24, 2023. We stepped back in history and walk through its inner plaza to see the blacksmith and carpenter shops, living quarters, kitchen and food preparation rooms, trade rooms, cantina and storage room with artifacts. During the BGS tour, staff and volunteers guided us and demonstrating how life was for traders, Indians, mountain men and their families in the 1830’s-40’s.
History: In 1836, Lancaster Lupton began building a trade fort that became a competitor to Bent’s Fort and its Bent and St. Vrain Fur Company for fur and buffalo hide trade with the plains tribes. He was formerly a lieutenant in the U.S. Dragoons and a West Point graduate, and first came to the area with a military expedition in 1835. By 1837-38 he was trading with the Arapaho and Cheyenne tribes in the area.
While the original fort that Lupton built is long gone, reconstruction of the fort began in 2003 by a dedicated group of individuals. The reconstruction of the fort was completed and dedicated in 2011. For more information on the trade fort and its historic site, please visit the Historic Fort Lupton and South Platte Valley Settlement Historic Park website
Riverside Cemetery Tour – September 2019
Twilight Stroll through Denver’s Riverside Cemetery, Denver’s oldest operating cemetery. Our tour featured famous women of Colorado who worked alongside their men or without them to make Colorado the great place it is today! We toured the cemetery plot of Augusta Tabor, the scorned wife of Silver Baron Horace A. W. Tabor. We learned that he lost all his fortune in 1893 when the Sherman Silver Act was repealed while she kept hers. By the time she died, a few years later, she was considered one of the richest people in the state! We also visited the graveyard plot of the oldest person living in Colorado, 111 years of age. It was a lovely day and it was a fun visit.
Tour of Family History Center, Louisville, CO – January 2019
BGS members toured the Family History Center in Louisville, Colorada and were instructed on the resouces that are available and how to use them.
Workshop – Family Tree Maker Workshop, Broomfield Library – October 2018
BGS member and guests learn how to use Family Tree Maker to build family tree, add media, etc.
BGS at 2013 Genealogy Expo
Members of the Broomfield Genealogy Society at their table at the Broomfield Expo Day, 2013.
Historic Broomfield Photos
Below are some photos of historic locations in Broomfield, Colorado.