History

The City of Brighton treasures its history, and shows this through acts such as restoring the Bromley / Hishinuma Farm to its former glory.

Historic Downtown
Downtown Brighton boasts one of the state’s original Main Streets. The city was incorporated in 1887; it was voted Adams County seat in 1904 due to its railroad passenger and freight station (now The Depot Restaurant) and highway access (now Highway 85). People came to Downtown Brighton from throughout the region to socialize, shop, and take in entertainment. A monthly Market Day offered fresh farm produce, livestock, and horse races. This rich heritage, and more, provides the foundation for downtown’s current resurgence.

Explore and Enjoy!
Historic Downtown Brighton has been the epicenter of the Brighton community for 125 years.  Through the efforts of the Downtown Initiatives Office and the Brighton Urban Renewal Authority partnering with local merchants and stakeholders, the historic downtown district is once again a vital retail area offering numerous dining, shopping and entertainment opportunities for Brighton residents and visitors.

Shopping
Shopping in Historic Downtown Brighton's unique boutiques and shops can be fun, enjoyable, and educational for the whole family.  From unique handcrafted clothing and gifts to natural soaps, books to pets, pinatas to jewelry, gourmet candy to art, and adorable kid's clothing to old fashioned shoe repair,  Downtown Brighton has the locally owned retail opportunity for you.

Dining
Whether looking for a quick bite, a picnic lunch, or a leisurely dining experience, you'll find it in Downtown Brighton.  Downtown restaurants and cafes serve a variety of fare from Mexican to Italian, and Asian to an old-fashioned burger, and more.

Choose to dine in a restaurant offering fine Italian cuisine or experience hearty south-of-the-border tastes.  Relax in a popular coffee house or enjoy a great steak and potato dinner in a casual setting.  Mix and match your favorite ice cream and toppings mixed to order, or try your skills with chopsticks.  Whatever your tastes, Downtown Brighton offers something to tempt your tastebuds.

Entertainment
As part of the revitalization efforts of the historic downtown area, the Armory was transformed into a delightful entertainment and cultural venue.  It is now one of the highlights of the Brighton community, providing an ideal setting for theater performances, concerts by national and local musical entertainers, art exhibits, a variety of performance art, an events venue, and so much more.  It's definitely time to take a closer look at The Armory at Brighton Cultural Center's calendar of events.