Historic Bromley Farm
Welcome to Historic Bromley Farm
The Bromley Farm–Koizuma Hishinuma Farm is a historic farmstead in Brighton, Colorado. Established shortly before 1899, it includes a complex of four buildings and multiple other historic structures. In 2007, the farm was designated a historic district and listed on the National Register of Historic Places because of its historically significant architecture.
The historic farm is a marvelous piece of Brighton’s story. From cattle ranching to sugar beets, the site features four narratives of the four very different families who resided on the property throughout its 126 year history.
In 1883 Emmet Bromley purchased 200 acres across from what is now South 15th Avenue and Bromley Lane in Brighton. The farm expanded to upwards of 1,100 acres extending 1¼ miles to the east and 1 mile south from present day Bromley Lane.
During the Bromley era, the property was used mainly for ranching with cattle, sheep, and horses. Emmet Bromley became one of the largest livestock ranchers in Colorado. He grazed his cattle as far as Barr Lake before 1900. He is said to have spent a considerable amount of time improving some of the best breeds of cattle and Cleveland Bay horses. Emmet also raised field crops, planted orchards of black walnut and orange trees, and tended vegetable gardens. During Bromley’s time there is evidence that the farm property was populated by an abundance of large cottonwood trees shading the house and creating formal rows lining the drive entering the property. Emmet Bromley is known as the “Father of Adams County” because of his efforts.
The Hishinuma and Koizuma families bought the property in 1947. These two families had a deep agricultural past, farming the Barr Lake and Ft. Lupton area before relocating to the Brighton area. There is a rich Japanese-American agricultural history in Colorado. The leadership in the state allowed Japanese-Americans to own land during a time when many Americans had deep suspicions of the Japanese, due to the events surrounding the attack on Pearl Harbor. These Japanese-American families played a vital role in the production of crops for the local canneries.
The City of Brighton purchased the 9.6 farm acreage in 2006 with the intention of restoring the property to the original historic farm. In 2007 the farm was added to the National and State Register of Historical Places. After much work to preserve the integrity of the home and farm, The Bromley Historic Farm opened to the public in September 2017 with a Farm Festival. Lots of fun for all ages was had! Please call ahead, 720-518-5600, to check on hours of operation, and stop by. Be ready for a history lesson, and much more.
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