Broomfield City and County
Broomfield, which has a unified city and county government, is to my knowledge the newest county to be formed in the United States of America. It lies on the northern edge of the Denver-Aurora Metropolitan area, between Denver and Boulder and in view of the front range of the Rocky Mountains.
The town of Broomfield was incorporated in 1961 in the southeastern corner of Boulder County and named for the broomcorn grown in the area. Over the next thirty years Broomfield grew until it spread into three adjacent counties: Adams, Jefferson and Weld. In the 1990s, city leaders began to push for the creation of a separate county to avoid the inefficiencies of dealing with four separate court districts, four different county seats and four separate county sales tax bases. It also had longstanding political differences with ultra-liberal Boulder County. Feeling that Broomfield could provide services more responsively under its own county government, city leaders sought an amendment to the Colorado State Constitution to create a new county. The amendment passed in 1998, after which a three-year transition period followed. On November 15, 2001, Broomfield County became the 64th, and smallest, county of Colorado. I have passed through Broomfield on several occasions since it is on the route between my son's home in Denver and the Rocky Mountain National Park. While driving through Broomfield with Christopher and his wife Christine, in October, 2007, I asked him to take an exit off the highway and let me get a photo with "Broomfield" on it. He took me to the only spot in the county he knew, the Broomfield Event Center, where he had recently attended a hocky game.
The City and County of Broomfield