The historic Broadacres Ranch was first homesteaded in 1891 by Scottish immigrant John Grant. He emigrated to the area in 1885 and his 16 year old daughter Elsie soon followed. The ranch was named Glenmora after his home in Scotland. During this time, Creede was still a wild silver mining town inhabitated by the likes of Calamity Jane, Doc Holliday and Bat Masterson. The ice tongs that are Broadacre’s brand date back to these wild times, when the ranch supplied ice to nearby saloons and hotels (including the legendary big Watrous Saloon, owned by Bat Masterson). During the winter months, huge ice blocks were cut from the Ranch’s largest lake and stored with hay bales and sawdust in an ice house near the barn.
Elsie homesteaded adjoining land, and when her father passed away in 1907, she inherited the rest of the land. She ran the ranch on her own for several years until Mancos rancher Arthur Broadhead passed through the area. They married in 1915, and he erected the big green open barn that still stands near the ranch’s entrance. For a short time, the ranch was renamed Broadhead Ranch and several years later became Broadacres Ranch.
Arthur Broadhead fell to pneumonia in 1931. Elsie then ran the ranch until she was nearly 80 years old, selling it in 1950 to Bruce and Catherine Wallace. Elsie passed in 1954 at the age of 82.
Bruno and Bea Collerette purchased the Ranch in 1960. When Bruno passed in 1966, Bea assumed operations. She carried on Elsie’s tradition by running Broadacres on her own for the next 32 years. She did a great deal to establish Broadacres Ranch as a guest ranch, fishing and vacation destination.
In November of 1998, Broadacres was purchased by the Nearburg family, fly fishing and outdoors enthusiasts who immediately began to rebuild and restore many of the Ranch’s buildings, carefully maintaining their historic architecture while endowing them with modern conveniences and luxurious furnishings. The ranch has also undergone extensive trout habitat improvement. The end results are first class accommodations, the look and feel of the Old West, and fly fishing to rival that offered anywhere in the U.S.
Recognition of the Broadacres experience was confirmed by receipt of the Orvis endorsement in the Fall of 2000…. And we’re not done yet.
Don’t just take our word for it! Hear from our guests…
“Great place. Always wanted to fish out west & this place exceeded our expectations. We shall return. The fishing, food, accommodations and the staff were all wonderful.”— J.B. and M.B., Chester, NJ
“Had the best time ever… what a treasure. Can’t say we have ever met a nicer, better group of people, caught better fish, eaten better food or relaxed any more than we did here.”— S.E., Castle Rock, CO, B.B., Oak Park, IL
“We have really enjoyed every moment. The time we spent at Broadacres is just what we needed! Thank you for all your hospitality.”— R.S. & J.S., Harlingen, TX
“Wow! What a great place…and what a wonderful time we had! This was a perfect getaway from Dallas’s heat and way of life. We hope to be able to return one day.”— The M. Family, Dallas, TX
“What an incredible experience! We will be telling all our friends. The hospitality, accommodations, and food were second to none. We learned so much from both our guides, and what great guys! Thank you!”— D.P. & K.P., Parker, CO
“Thank you so much for the wonderful time had by our clan. The accommodations are superb the scenery breathtaking and fishing top notch. All were especially great with kids… We thank the Nearburgs for sharing this wonderful place and hope to return year after year.”— J.&D.H., Oklahoma City OK
“Great memories…We enjoyed ourselves and look forward to another visit. The food was outstanding, the accommodations were five-star and guides and fishing were excellent. Thanks for the memories.”— R.B. & F.B., Dallas, TX
“My first time fly-fishing and I can’t wait to come back! Dad and I had a great time. Thanks so much—this place is amazing! See you in July…”— G.L. & D.L., Raleigh, NC
All photos copyright the Creede Historical Society. Used with permission.
1. c. 1891 The original town site of Creede on East Willow Creek. The burro train has probably just picked up merchandise to take up the the mines or to Bachelor. On the far right is the Junction Saloon. Creede Historical Society files.
2. 308-CR-6c3 May 23, 1892 Creede Avenue (the name of the main street) in Jimtown, Colorado. By this time, many folks were calling this area Creede instead of Jimtown because so many more people and businesses were located in this part of town. By 1893, the name was officially changed to Creede and the original townsite on East Willow was referred to as Upper Creede. The business on the far right is a saloon. John Gary Brown Collection, Creede Historical Society files.
3. 2650-MC-13 1893 The Free Coinage Hotel in Bachelor, Colorado. The right side of the building is a saloon (you can read the words “saloon” on the windows). The photograph was taken by a professional photographer from Brooks and Drake in Creede (post office at that time was named Amethyst Post Office because there was a Creede Post Office in the original town site of Creede on East Willow Creek). Photo is in the Creede Historical Society files.
4. 2657-CRS-18 c1905 The buildings in the photograph are located in the upper end of Stringtown. Stringtown was the name of the land area that was located between the cliff above the lower part of Creede to the wye where East and West Willow creeks converge — the narrow part of the canyon which connected the orginal town site of Creede with Jimtown, the lower and newer part of Creede. In the upper right of the photo part of Humphreys Mill can be seen. This is obviously following a flood which destroyed much of Stringtown. The building in the center of the photo is the O.K. Saloon. Unknown collector, Creede Historical Society files.