The town site is about 2.25 miles (3.6 km) north of Aguilar on the western side of Interstate 25 approximately 18 miles (29 km) north of the town of Trinidad. Nearby points of interest include the Ludlow Monument, a monument to the coal miners and their families who were killed in the 1914 Ludlow Massacre.
The population was a mix of Mexican and European immigrants. Some of the miners are known to have come from Stafford, England
Evolution of the Town
Brodhead was a mining town built and owned by a company formed by three bothers: Henry C. Brodhead (President) who was married to the author Eva Wilder Brodhead, Albert G. Brodhead (Vice President), and Robert S. Brodhead (Secretary and General Manager) and operated between the late 1890s and the mid 1960s. The Brodhead brothers had previously operated a mine in Gonzales Canyon between 1896 and 1899. Initially the town was built as a company town
The 1911 Gazetter Publishing Company Business Directory listing for Brodhead, Las Animas Co. describes the town as:
- Coal mining town in Las Animas county, 2 1/4 miles north of Aguilar, the railroad point. Stage to Aguilar and Lynn. Population 300.
And lists notable residents as:
- Carl V. Bates, Physician
- F Baudina, General Merchandise Store, G B Norman (Manager)
- Howell & Bennett, Boarding House
- Las Animas Coal Co, Win Burt (Superintendant)
- E C Reck Jr., Postmaster (The Post Office had opened on Aug 14th 1902 and was closed on April 15th 1913 )
- J M Williams, Saloon
- F.R. Wood, Trinidad, Colorado, President, General Manager.
- Alexander Shields, Brodhead, Colorado, Superintendant.
- Brodhead Colliery, (110,000 Tons) Slope. Steam Electric Plant.
- 7 Electrical Coal Cutters. Trolley Electric Locomotives, 200 Men.
A Post Office had also re-opened on July 19, 1915, only to close again on Apr 29th 1939 
Mining around Brodhead
|Mine Name (Also Known As)||Operator||Operating Dates|
|Brodhead #1||Brodhead Coal Co||1949-1951|
|Brodhead #2 (Alfreda)||Vasquez and Vigil||1947-1950|
|Brodhead Coal Co||1950-1958|
|Brodhead #3 (Las Animas)||Las Animas Coal Co||1900-1911, 1917-1919|
|Brodhead #4a||Brodhead Coal Co||1958-1965|
|Brodhead #9 (Temple #9)||Temple Fuel Co||1911-1939|
|Brodhead #10 (Alta)||Temple Fuel Co||1911-1913, 1917-1919, 1920-1922|
|Brodhead #11 (Alta)||Temple Fuel Co||1911-1913, 1917-1919, 1920-1922|
Deaths in the Mines
There are a number of deaths known at the mines, which, in common with all mining then and now was a dangerous occupation, including:
|Name||Date of Death||Nationality||Occupation||Years of Mine Experience||Age at Death||Marital Status||Surviving Children||Company Name||Mine Name||Cause of death/comments|
|Jacob GARCIA,||19 Sep 1922||Mexican||Machine Miner||2||30||Single||Temple Fuel Co.||Brodhead No. 9||Electrocuted|
|Roy GRAVIS||31 Jan 1904||American||Miner||20||Single||Brodhead||Roof Fall|
|Thomas GREGORY||13 Nov 1936||American||Mine Foreman||36||50||Single||Temple Fuel Co.||Brodhead No. 9||Squeezed between the motor and the roof|
|Deno GUERRI||4 Sep 1929||Italian||Motorman||4||21||Single||Temple Fuel Co.||Brodhead No. 9||Electrocuted|
|Isidro TAFOYA||10 Nov 1922||American||Machine Miner||5||34||Married||1||Temple Fuel Co.||Brodhead No. 10||Rock Fall|
|Cerillos TRUJILLO||8 Feb 1928||Mexican||Pick Miner||5||34||Married||3||Temple Fuel Co.||Brodhead No. 9||Rock Fall|
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