History of City

Offered by Pat Reither, and The Brighton Historic Preservation Commission
Paintings by Charles Egebretson, and can seen hanging in the Heritage Room at Historic City Hall

Farmers Construct Fulton Ditch

The railroad reaches Hughes Station, June 9, 1870

Bicycle Race at Platte Valley House

School Day in Early Brighton

Rehearsal at the Opera House, Turn of the Century

Construction of the Adams County Courthouse

Japanese Farmers Load Produce on Cabbage Avenue

Russians/Germans Harvest Beets

Homerun at the Fairgrounds








Brantner Ditch water rights were filed. It was the first irrigation ditch in the area.

1862 Hughes Stagecoach Station established.

Boulder Valley Railroad completed to Brighton.

Hughes Station came into existence and the community came to be known as Hughes Station.

1881 The City of Brighton is born and named after the birthplace of the founder Daniel Carmichael's wife.
1885 First school completed. Built by A.L. Church for $1,257 and located on 1st Street.
1887 Court recognized City of Brighton.
1902 Adams County formed from a part of Arapahoe County with Brighton as temporary county seat. Carmichael residence used as first Courthouse. The basement of the house was used for a jail. The house was located on 34 S. 5th.

First annual Fair was held where current City Hall building sits today.

Election for county seat was determined by Brighton winning with 1,103 votes.

1913 Scarlet Fever scare caused all public meetings to be postponed.
1920 Coldest winter and heaviest snow in seven years. 500 head of cattle died and electricity and water was off for three days.
1944 Bob Sakata starts farm in Brighton.
1960 Brighton Hospital established with 31 beds.
1974 Brighton institutes minority hiring program.
1977 Adams County Administration Building (current home to City Hall) completed. Brighton city government moves into Adams County Courthouse building which is now Historic City Hall.
2006 Brighton City Hall/Adams County Courthouse 100 years old.
2009 The former State Armory building in Brighton, built in 1921, transformed into the Armory at Brighton Cultural Center.

Brighton moves into former Adams County Administration Building.

Brighton named "100 Best Communities for Young People" by America's Promise Alliance and ING.


Senior Center moves to the new Eagle View Adult Recreation Center near Platte Valley Medical Center.

Brighton celebrates its 125th anniversary.