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Posted on: December 9, 2019

Online walking tours now offered for Historic Downtown District

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Be your own tour guide and learn all about the Downtown Historic District. The Brighton Historic Preservation Commission has been working on a website-based, scrolling walking tour of the Downtown Historic District and it’s now available on the city’s website at www.brightonco.gov/HistoricWalkingTour.

During the 1880s, Brighton was growing quickly. It boasted a school, a church, a blacksmith shop, a hotel, a meat market, two general stores, a post office, a railroad, telegraph stations, a newspaper, a creamery, three saloons and a growing number of residences. Each one of these businesses and residences could be found on what is now known as Main Street in Downtown Brighton. Only a few of the original buildings remain today, but the historic nature of what pioneers envisioned is still visible in the architecture.  

The tour includes some historic photos of what buildings downtown used to look like and offers some information on many of their histories.

For those interested in learning more, stop by the Brighton History Museum located inside Historic City Hall,  22 S. 4th Ave., between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday- Friday or contact Kim Bauer, Historic Preservation Planner, at 303-655-2051.

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