Broomfield, Colorado: Home Of Secretariat's Owner

Taking off from Broomfield. Colorado Rockies in the background.
Taking off from Broomfield. Colorado Rockies in the background.

A Mega Metropolitan Area

Because of fast growth and development, the City and County of Broomfield was founded in November 2001, where the city had formerly been located in four separate counties in a land formerly inhabited by the Apache, Arapaho, and Cheyenne Native Americans.

As European-Americans headed west, the Broomfield area became part of the Louisiana Purchase. This happened in same the year Ohio became a state: 1803. The 1850 discovery of gold and the 1870s advent of the railroad in Colorado increased transportation, commercial, and residential access to the land. A Boulder Turnpike highway opened in 1950.

Broomfield is a Healthy City
Broomfield is a Healthy City | Source

Today, the local transit and parks systems support air, bus, and rail services, park-n-rides and call-n-ride options, ADA accommodations, bike paths, foot trails, an airport shuttle, Senior Citizen transport, and financial incentives to carpool.

We have found nearly 114,000 job listings in September 2013 (up from 46,000 job openings for September 2010) in the Broomfield job market, with signs that new jobs will increase through 2020.

The majority of the most frequently listed job vacancies are occurring in Information Technology (IT), Management, Retail Sales, Healthcare, and Casual Dining.

Much of this labor market opportunity is involved with increasing populations, incoming businesses, and the location Broomfield midway between the larger Denver and Boulder, Colorado Metro Areas. The entire makes a larger region as the Denver - Aurora - Boulder Metro Area. Money tells us that population rates are rising, crime rates are low, and school systems are of the highest standards and effectiveness.

Broomfield was placed on list of the Best 100 Places to Live in America by in 2010.

The city is in the Number 19 slot out of the 100 cities , with a population of 55,000+ and a driving distance, as advised by Money of only 20 minutes to either of its nearby the larger metro areas.

Broomfield Area Map

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Rocky Mountain Airport Air Show 2010


Sections of the town of Interlocken were added to Broomfield n the mid-1980s and became a business park that was facilitated by additional highway construction, much of it accomplished with private rather than government funding. SUN Microsystems and Level 3 Communication moved in, followed by Flatiron Crossing upscale mall. All this was followed by continuing commercial and residential growth in tandem with transportation improvements.


Healthy Broomfield ( encourages healthy activity in its Broomfield America on the Move project. Attractive blue and white signs around Broomfield and surrounding towns encourage folks to walk 2,000 steps a day, eat just 100 calories less per day, and to park farther away from businesses and walk for healthy activity.

Secretariat at Belmont

Actual Footage of the 1973 Belmont Stakes

Famous Local People and Their Racehorses


Walt Disney Pictures has filmed a true story about a famous racehorse owner and a famous line of race horses that produced a miracle in 1973. The owner, Penny Chenery Tweedy of Denver, took the reins of a crumbling racing empire from her role as homemaker and determined fought discrimination against women with the support of her staff, friends, and finally her family in order to produce the miracle of Secretariat.

Mrs. Penny Tweedy is 93 in 2015, having raised her two daughters and two sons with her husband John in Denver. She flew back and forth between Denver and her father's farm, Meadow Farm, in Caroline County VA to keep the lineage and dream that would manifest as Secretariat alive. Her son John has made a documentary about the Secretariat years, released in 2013.

Penny did all of this in the late 1960s and the early 1970s when the discriminatory glass ceiling was so thick that women could hardly see through it. Advancing age and racial differences were also major qualities for discrimination in these years of the Civil Rights Era and Vet Nam Conflict,

The horse Secretariat is called the greatest racing horse that ever lived. I wondered why, having seen footage of only the first two races in the 1973 Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing.

Unreal to my eye, the Belmont Stakes at the end of the trio of races in 1973 was astounding.

Having set speed records against other top horses in the first two races, Secretariat won the Belmont by 31 lengths.

To date, he is the only horse ever to be featured simultaneously on the covers of Newsweek, Sports Illustrated and Time. His speed records remain thus far unbroken for his Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes runs. In June 2015, American Pharoah bested his time on the final quarter mile of the Belmont Stakes, though, by about one second.

He is the only animal in the ESPN 50 Greatest Athletes of the Century. Reporter and author William Nack and Walt Disney Pictures present an inspiring story in Secretariat, highlighting American sports history that not everyone knows.

By William Nack

Secretariat: The Making Of A Champion
Secretariat: The Making Of A Champion

Other owners and trainers called him "Secretary", but Big Red ignored them as he left the other horses at the gate.



Tribute statue at the Belmont Stakes track. Secretariat, also called "Bid Red."
Tribute statue at the Belmont Stakes track. Secretariat, also called "Bid Red."

Well Paying Jobs

Top Hiring Employers

These top employers maintain large employee pools and advertise many of the 50,000+ jobs available in the Broomfield area.

  1. United Pacific - Truck stops and convenience stores
  2. Rob Kraft Inc. - Burger Kings and coffeehouses
  3. Denver Public Schools
  4. Engineering Firms: Ball Aerospace, Sierra Nevada Corporation, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Lockheed Martin, Oracle, CACI.
  5. University of Colorado - School and hospital
  6. Trucking and Freight companies: Andrus Transportation, Right Turn, United Pacific
  7. Centura Health
  8. Safeway Groceries
  9. Cross Country TravelCorps
  10. US Air Force/USAF 50th Space Wing and Lockheed Martin

Top 10 High Demand Jobs

  1. Project Managers - IT
  2. Engineers - All fields, including IT and aerospace industries
  3. Truck Drivers/Owner Operators with CDL
  4. Physicians
  5. Physical and Speech Therapists
  6. Solution Representatives/Brand Specialists - Sales and services.
  7. Salespeople
  8. Nursing Support - CNAs, Aides, Assistants, etc.
  9. Registered Nurses (RNs)
  10. Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs)

USAF 50th Space Wing and Aerospace Exploration

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Largest Area Employers

  1. Lockheed Martin Space Systems - Littleton CO
  2. Peterson Air Force Base
  3. University Of Colorado – Boulder, Denver
  4. IBM - Boulder CO
  5. Great West Life & Annuity Ins - Greenwood Village
  6. Transportation Safety Office - Denver
  7. Molson Coors Brewing Co.
  8. University of Colorado Hospital
  9. Printers Personnel
  10. Level 3 Communications Inc - Broomfield CO
  11. Rocky Flats Environmental
  12. St. Anthony Central Hospital
  13. Elitch Gardens
  14. Miller Coors LLC
  15. St. Joseph Hospital
  16. Dish Network Corporation
  17. Wells Fargo Bank
  18. Boulder Community Hospital

The USAF 50th Space Wing is another agency located near Broomfield, about 60 miles to the southwest and near Cheyenne Mountain military installations.

With privatized spaceflight and major spaceports becoming operational in the American Southwest, this installation and its Schriever Air Force Base can be important to future growth in the Denver-Aurora-Boulder area.

© 2010 Patty Inglish

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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Thank you, Patty, for an informative hub. I can't apply or look at any job but I enjoy learning about the town.

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Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America Author

I think some of these presentations can help people learn about geography and history a little, so their even more interesting for me to do now. Thanks, Hello, hello.

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