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Brighton, Illinois, USA

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Where is Brighton, Illinois, USA? 

Brighton, Macoupin, Illinois, USA
Brighton’s first settlers, Oliver Brown and William Cowan, came to the area in February of 1826, and erected a sixteen square foot cabin. The first Post Office was opened in 1837 and the Village of Brighton was incorporated in 1869.

Brighton’s namesake is Brighton, Massachusetts, named by a group of English settlers from Brighton, Sussex, England. Brighton, Illinois passed on its’ name when William A. Loveland and others from this area joined the Colorado Gold Rush in 1859, and eventually founded the town of Brighton, Colorado.

The late A. William Amass, long time editor of the Brighton News, once said, “Brighton, Illinois is the granddaughter of an English city, the daughter of a Massachusetts village, and the mother of a Colorado town.”

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Brighton, a banking post-village of Jersey and Macoupin cos., Ill., on the Chicago and Alton and...Read MORE...

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flag  Mary E. ATHERTON (1851, Brighton, Illinois, USA - 16 October 1870, Medford, Massachusetts, USA)

 flag  Albert Bertram BROUILETTE (16 January 1887, Brighton, Illinois, USA - 7 October 1962, Easthampton, Massachusetts, USA) gravestone

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