Ascent of Broomfield County High Point on 2004-03-19

Climber: Scott Surgent

Others in Party:Beth Cousland
Date:Friday, March 19, 2004
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Broomfield County High Point
    Elevation:5840 ft / 1780 m

Ascent Trip Report

My wife and I were in Denver, playing tourist. Our day touring Denver's "LoDo" district and Boulder's Pearl Street Mall was enjoyable. As the day drew to a close, we drove back to Colorado Springs. There was another county highpoint opportunity along the way, in the brand-new (founded 2001) city-county of Broomfield.

Broomfield used to be a normal mid-sized city located between Denver and Boulder. For some reason, the city spread into four counties: Weld, Jefferson, Adams and Arapahoe. Being a part of four counties no doubt caused all sorts of headaches in tax jurisdiction and management issues. As a result, the city was able to get voter approval to secede from its constituent counties and form into a city-county, similar to how Denver is composed. When it became official in 2001, Broomfield was the first new county in the entire nation in 18 years (La Paz Coutny in Arizona, 1983, was the last). Since 2001, there have been no new counties created within the United States.

The highpoint of this county is a street corner, where state route CO-128 and Indiana Street intersect. The southeast corner is within Broomfield County, and is its highest point. We parked a few yards past the intersection off the main road. Both roads are busy thoroughfares. Beth had no interest to actually get out, but she did stick her foot out the door, so it counts for her.

Me, I wanted to see this for myself. I walked back to the corner, and I'll be damned, there was a small rock cairn. I am sure most people ignore it or have no idea why it's there. I thought it was very funny. The cairn even held a pill-bottle with a sign-in log. Naturally, I signed in.

From here, we returned to Colorado Springs. We spent the rest of our days playing tourist, visiting hot springs and also Manitou Springs. The jobs I was checking out never came about, but we had a fun trip anyway.
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