John McBroom was an early pioneer to Colorado’s Front Range and came out west with the U.S. Military during the Mexican War in the late 1850s. Impressed by the beauty of the South Platte River Valley, in the spring of 1859 he claimed land along Bear Creek near the foothills. John built a cabin there and entertained several noted mountaineers, such as Kit Carson, Col. A.G. Boone (great-grandson of Daniel Boone), and Colorow, the famous Ute chief.
After marrying Emma J. Burnett in Denver in 1866, John filed a claim on his 160 acres, and began to farm his land. He sold sweet corn, watermelon, and vegetables and was one of the first in the area to raise grain and plant an orchard. He joined Joseph Bowles, John Lilley, Peter Mages and others to help Richard Little found the Rough and Ready flour mill in Littleton. Here, his cabin is shown c.1887 on Bear Creek; he is the figure at right.
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