Brighton, Colorado (Images of America Series)

Brighton, Colorado (Images of America Series)

by Albin Wagner

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Brighton, Colorado (Images of America Series) by Albin Wagner


The town of Brighton was founded by railroad man and real estate developer Daniel F. Carmichael at the junction of the Denver Pacific (now Union Pacific) and Denver and Boulder Valley Railroads. Carmichael determined, "There should be a town here that would do credit to the splendid valley." The junction, originally named Hughes after the first president of the Denver Pacific Railroad, had a long history as a crossroads of the West. The town grew into an agricultural center for the Platte River Valley with a thriving sugar beet industry, dairies, and canning factories, but the changing economy would transform Brighton first into a suburban community and now into one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738569413
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 06/10/2009
Series: Images of America Series
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,208,612
Product dimensions: 6.58(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.34(d)

About the Author


Author Albin Wagner is the deputy director of the New Jersey Division of Archives and Records Management. A native of Brighton, he is a former editor of the Brighton Blade and the Fort Lupton Press. Wagner has written four books and numerous articles on the history of Brighton and Adams County. In this new volume, Wagner compiled a stunning array of historic images from a variety of sources--many of them never published before--that bring Brighton's past back to life.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 Crossroads of the West 9

2 The Fifty-niners 19

3 Stagecoaches, Railroads, and Cattle 27

4 Founding Fathers 39

5 Gem of the Valley 59

6 The County Seat 69

7 Agriculture and Industry 83

8 Barr City: A Lost Dream 109

9 Bicycles, Baseball, Bands, and Fairs 115

10 Our Town 121

Bibliography 126

Index 127

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