Japanese immigrants were hired to dig irrigation ditches and work in the sugar beet fields. Many were able to save enough money to eventually buy their own property, which is how the the two Japanese families were able to purchase the Bromley farm. World War II had a detrimental effect on the Japanese in America, who were forced to live in internment camps and suffered from racism. However, they persevered and continued to thrive in Colorado and elsewhere. This is why the city bought the property, as a reminder to the contributions the Japanese gave to Brighton.