Brush, Colorado

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City of Brush, Colorado
Statutory City
Location in Morgan County and the State of Colorado
Location in Morgan County and the State of Colorado
Coordinates: 40°15′29″N 103°37′56″W / 40.258136°N 103.632160°W / 40.258136; -103.632160Coordinates: 40°15′29″N 103°37′56″W / 40.258136°N 103.632160°W / 40.258136; -103.632160[1]
Country  United States
State  State of Colorado
County Morgan County[2]
Incorporated November 24, 1884[3]
 • Type Statutory City[2]
 • Total 2.4 sq mi (6.3 km2)
 • Land 2.4 sq mi (6.3 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation[4] 4,229 ft (1,289 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 5,463
 • Density 2,300/sq mi (870/km2)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code 80723[5]
Area code(s) 970
INCITS place code 0809555
GNIS feature ID 0204723
Website City of Brush

The City of Brush is a Statutory City located in Morgan County, Colorado, United States. The city population was 5463 at the 2010 United States Census.


Brush, Colorado was named for Jared L. Brush, who was a Colorado cattle pioneer. Brush had never lived in Brush, Colorado, instead helping to settle what is now known as Greeley. Brush had later served as Lieutenant Governor of Colorado, and liked to visit "his town" often.[6]

The town was incorporated by election in 1884.[7]


Brush is located at 40°15′28″N 103°37′41″W / 40.25778°N 103.62806°W / 40.25778; -103.62806 (40.257836, -103.628109).[8]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.4 square miles (6.2 km2), all of it land.


According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Brush has a semi-arid climate, abbreviated "BSk" on climate maps.

Climate data for Brush, Colorado
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 4
Average low °C (°F) −11
Average precipitation mm (inches) 10
Source: Weatherbase[9]


As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 5,117 people, 1,836 households, and 1,233 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,120.0 people per square mile (819.8/km²). There were 1,923 housing units at an average density of 796.7 per square mile (308.1/km²). The racial makeup of the population in the city was 75.81% White, 0.39% African American, 0.51% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 20.19% from other races, and 2.91% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 50.00% of the population.

There were 1,836 households out of which 35.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.8% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.8% were non-families. 28.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.29.

In the city the population was spread out with 28.3% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 25.7% from 25 to 44, 18.7% from 45 to 64, and 18.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 91.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $31,333, and the median income for a family was $39,094. Males had a median income of $24,431 versus $20,371 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,672. About 5.4% of families and 10.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.1% of those under age 18 and 13.1% of those age 65 or over.


Agriculture and ranching make up a large part of the local economy. The Brush Rodeo, known as the largest amateur rodeo in the world, is held each July. The Morgan County Fair showcases the community's 4-H projects and livestock.

The Brush High School mascot is the Beetdigger,[11] signifying the importance of the annual sugar beet crop. The football team, winner of multiple state championships, plays its games at Beetdigger Stadium.

Brush is home to many retirees that move into the town from the outlying farms in northeastern Colorado and became known as Brushians[citation needed]. Several local communities, including Ebenezer and Sunset Manor, are home to retirees from the outlying farms in northeastern Colorado.


Brush Municipal Airport serves the town, but there are no scheduled airlines operating from there. The closest airport with airline service is Denver International Airport, which is 86 miles southwest. The nearby town of Fort Morgan, located 10 miles west, is served by the Amtrak's California Zephyr with a daily departure on each direction.


Brush[12] is governed via the mayor-council system. The mayor is elected by the entire city. The council consists of six members who are elected from wards. Each ward elects two members.

Major Highways[edit]

Local Notables[edit]

Pat Day, 1992 Kentucky Derby winner and a member of the jockey Hall of Fame, was born in Brush.

Frank Mercer was the longest running announcer of Beetdigger football teams. Mr. Mercer was also a science teacher and auto devotee. He could often be spotted tooling around the streets of Morgan County in one of his old cars at about 20 miles per hour.

BHS graduate, Chad Friehauf, 6-6, 211 pounds, finished his career at Division II Colorado School of Mines as its all-time leader in passing yards (9,873), touchdown passes (84), attempts (1,183) and completions (773). He was 22-8 (.733) as a three-year starter at CSM, marking the ninth best career winning percentage in Division II history among quarterbacks with a minimum of 25 starts. Friehauf’s 10,679 total yards of offense and 84 touchdown passes rank sixth and 15th, respectively, all-time in Division II annals. In 2004, Friehauf received the Harlon Hill Trophy as the top player in Division II after setting NCAA single-season records in passing yards (4,646) and completions (384). Friehauf, the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference’s Offensive Player of the Year, threw 39 touchdowns in 2004 while rushing for 717 yards with 15 scores as part of a Division II single-season record 5,363 yards of total offense. He led CSM to its first-ever playoff win and accounted for 1,044 of the 1,127 yards gained by CSM in its two postseason games. Friehauf became CSM’s starting quarterback midway through his sophomore season in 2002 and earned honorable mention All-RMAC accolades from 2002-03. A first-team all-state selection in football, basketball and baseball at Brush High School in Brush, Colorado, Chad Friehauf was born August 31, 1982.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "2014 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Places". United States Census Bureau. July 1, 2014. Retrieved January 5, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Active Colorado Municipalities". State of Colorado, Department of Local Affairs. Retrieved 2007-09-01. 
  3. ^ "Colorado Municipal Incorporations". State of Colorado, Department of Personnel & Administration, Colorado State Archives. 2004-12-01. Retrieved 2007-09-02. 
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ "ZIP Code Lookup" (JAVASCRIPT/HTML). United States Postal Service. Retrieved September 4, 2007. 
  6. ^ "Our History". City of Brush!. Retrieved 2012-05-07. 
  7. ^ "Brush, Colorado". Retrieved 2012-05-07. 
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  9. ^ "". Weatherbase. 2013.  Retrieved on September 29, 2013.
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
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