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Brush (1882, 4,231 feet) began as a cattle shipping point on the Burlington Railroad named for cattleman Jared L. Brush. Unlike many small towns on the high plains, this one prospers. It is still a major cattle raising, feeding, and shipping center. People who like the small-town lifestyle have been creative about making their livings here. Since 1986, for example, the Superior Live-Stock Company has marketed cows on television with video auctions. One of the first care centers for Alzheimer's patients works because of the small-town setting, and a local greenhouse grows tomatoes using excess power from a nearby plant. The old downtown hotel has been converted to senior apartments and a community center. The town cherishes its elderly buildings, such as the frame John J. Wylie House (1882) at 105 North Railway Street and the Kneval School in Brush Memorial Park.

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Thomas J. Noel

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