This grant is for the second phase of a historic resource survey designed to discover and document the historic resources located in the City of Brighton’s first subdivision plat, the Brighton Subdivision. Platted in 1881, this area contains some of the oldest remaining residential, commercial, and transportation-related structures in Brighton. These are also some of the least-documented and most-threatened historic structures within the City.
One of the city of Brighton’s goals is to maintain its small-town atmosphere and increase the quality of life as it grows. Preservation of agricultural heritage is a large part of this goal, as farmland disappears northwest of Denver.
When Emmet A. Bromley came to Colorado in 1877, he couldn’t anticipate he would eventually become one of the largest livestock owners in the state. But his story is just one part of the legacy of the 1883 Bromley / Koizuma-Hishinuma Farm in Brighton.
In 1925, local landowner C.V. Owens donated three acres in Buckeye to School District No. 55 to construct a school for first through eighth grades. At the time, the school was considered very large, containing two classrooms on the main level and a living quarters for the teacher in the basement of the building.
The Calkins School, built by Peter Baxstrom, opened for students at the start of the school year in 1909, offering classes from elementary through high school. Originally, the building had six classrooms until 1924 when they added six more, and then six additional rooms in 1935, bringing the total to 18. Today, the Housing Authority of the County of Montezuma is on the path to converting those classrooms into spacious, affordable housing units for residents of Cortez.