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Posted on: November 16, 2017

Brighton's History

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Incorporated in 1887, the city’s history actually dates back to 1881. That is when Daniel Carmichael, a Denver real estate agent, began buying land here and named the town Brighton in honor of his wife’s birthplace, Brighton Beach, New York. At the time, Brighton was little more than a railroad depot, a wind mill, a water tower and a station master’s house. On July 26, 1887, the town of Brighton was officially incorporated with a population of 175. Emory Strong served as Brighton’s first mayor.


Since that time, Brighton has grown from an agricultural hub of truck gardens and dairy farms to an urbanized and industrially developed community of more than 37,000.


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