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Dossier: Brighton's Main St. Bustling with 1920s Charm

Updated: Dec 20, 2023

Sleuthing Brighton Colorado, with a full Investigative Report by the Brighton History Detective® (aka Robin Kring)


Case Number: 00009, Identify Mural Subject

Mural Location: “Historic Brighton at Founders Plaza” by Hans Joseph Geist

Subject Identified: "Two Places to Eat: Home and Here" Main St. Charm


BRIGHTON’S MAIN STREET (1920s Era) is shown transformed to the bustling motor-car age, still wrapped in small-town charm. The view is the southwest corner of Main St. and Bridge St., starting with the First National Bank Building at 5 N. Main St. (still standing today). The building was built in 1916 by S.T. Hurst and was occupied by the bank business, as well as several other professional offices (various attorneys and dentist practices and a real estate agency). Hurst and A.A. Filing had purchased the Bank of Brighton business from Daniel Carmichael and his partner William Lovelace between 1882-1883.

The building to the north is the Lincoln Café, who advertised, “Two Places to Eat: Home and Here.” Ingram’s Luncheonette is next, followed by Sammy’s Confectionary with the “Candy” sign. A portion of Dorus and Anna Miller’s house residence, with its pillars peeking out, is next. Miller was Brighton’s mayor 1904-1905 and served with Daniel F. Carmichael, on the original Board of Trustees for the incorporation of the town of Brighton and had also served as Superintendent of Schools.

©2023 Robin Kring, including excerpts from A Postcard History of Brighton


Discover More About the Artist and the Detective

Learn more about the Artist, Hans Joseph Geist, behind the Historic Brighton at Founders Plaza mural, in the Brighton History Detective® dossier, The Case of the New Mural and its Artist (Hans Joseph Geist). See more of Hans art at: Art by Hans Geist on Facebook.


Find more Investigative Case Reports, by Brighton History Detective®, each revealing the identity of one of the 20 intriguing Brighton characters and places, painted on the mural. Investigate the sleuthing and writing stories of yesteryear, mystery, and intrigue on the Clear Creek Publishing Authors Blog site, including: New Fiction, Victoriana, Event Planning Extraordinaire, Colorado History, and Cemetery Chats.


The Historic Brighton at Founders Plaza mural is located on the southwest corner of Main St. and Bridge St., in Brighton, Colorado. The mural is a project of the Brighton Cultural Arts Commission, whose mission is to increase arts and culture awareness and promote cultural and scientific opportunities in our community. It has been made possible with funding from the SCFD and Brighton Lodging Tax Grants.

®Brighton History Detective is a registered trademark of Clear Creek Publishing.


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