Now that the construction is complete on the new fishing pier, we are starting to ramp up to try to raise $25,000 in matching grant donations to renovate the Bergman Barn and Corral on Barr Lake State Park property. This effort will start with the annual Concert on the Prairie on August 31st from 7-9 PM. This is a unique evening where visitors can enjoy the sounds of Colorado Southern Band. All proceeds from this evening will be earmarked for this renovation project. In addition, if you would like to donate to this project, you can do so here: Bergman Barn Donations.
The Bergman Barn is one of the remaining artifacts on Barr Lake State Park property depicting the rich agricultural history of Brighton and the Barr Lake area.
Andrew Bergman and his wife Augusta Carlson were from Sweden and came to Colorado by way of Ohio. The Bergman’s lived in southeast Colorado before arriving in the Brighton area in 1917. They built a small house and barn east of town. Their son, Ralph and wife Nell, lived in the small house and had two sons, Edward and Robert. Edward died of spinal meningitis. For a time, 1925-1936, Ralph Bergman owned the Old Stone House (Emil Bruderlin’s home). Sometime around 1936 Ralph built a home and barn on the section of land east of the Old Stone house. Robert and his mother lived in the home until the mid-1950’s. The home has since been torn down and the barn and part of the corrals are all the that remain.
The first crops grown by the Bergmans were potatoes. Later they continued to farm and raised milk cows.
In addition to the restored barn there will be interpretive signs and areas for discussion. The area will provide information and displays for self-guided tours and areas were school groups can meet to discuss the agricultural history with one of the Barr Lake State Park Naturalists.
Some of the land around the barn will be leased to local farmer to demonstrate the farming endeavors of previous owners and the current farmers in the area.
Today, the wonderful visitors to Barr Lake State Park helped us celebrate the Grand Opening of our new fishing pier. Friends of Barr Lake is proud to have contributed to this fantastic addition to the park. This fishing pier, located near the boat ramp, is ADA accessible, so everyone can enjoy the pier, the fish, and the beautiful views of the lake with the Rockies in the background. The Grand Opening was a huge success!
Our breeding pair of Bald Eagles had two Eaglets this year. They have grown so fast! This is a great video taken by Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
Our Eaglets are exploring their nest. They have lost their “fluff” and are gaining feathers! Hope you can come see them in person, but in the meanwhile, enjoy this really neat video of our Parental Eagles feeding their Eaglets!
Friends of Barr Lake is proud to support the education, recreation, and conservation efforts of Barr Lake State Park. These activities help to maintain an environment where wildlife thrives throughout the park. Spring is a wonderful time to visit the park. You might see Mule Deer fawns, or Goslings, and maybe even an Owlet! Of course, there are Bald Eagles and Ospreys nesting at the park, too! Make a plan to spend a few hours walking the perimeter trail to see if you can find some special treasures. Take a few detours on the small trails (like the Fox Meadows Trail) and you might just see something you don’t see anywhere else. Walk out on the boardwalk to the gazebo and take a good look at the Bald Eagle nest. You might get to see the Eaglets being fed!
Below are a few photos taken at various times over the past few years. They are wonderful memories!