Small Colorado town receives huge honor

BRUSH – One thing you should know about the Town of Brush is that it doesn't have an ego, which means having a story done about it was one of the last things it had hoped for.

But this story isn't about how amazing one town is. Instead, it's about the town's people.

As of the latest census, there are about 5,000 people who call Brush home. Brush is located on the Eastern Plains in Morgan County.

"The people that are here – that you see around all the time – they become your family," Pat Schonberger said, a resident of Brush and the wife of the current mayor.

This week, the National Civic League named Brush one of its 2014 "All-America Cities." It's a big honor for the tiny town that has never received an honor quite like it.

Brush received the award based on its community-wide appeal, its wellness, healthcare and simply how friendly it is.

Schonberger, who has lived in Brush for a while now, says she loves the small town life because everyone knows everyone. She says it's unlike what you would find in a big city like Denver.

"If you look down on small towns, boy are you missing out," she said.

Brush received the award in Denver this week. Other towns and cities on the list included:

  • Montgomery, Ala.
  • Chelsea, Mass.
  • San Pablo, Calif.
  • Independence, Ore.
  • Brush, Colo.
  • Brownsville, Texas
  • Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
  • Hampton, Va.
  • Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Eau Claire, Wis.

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)


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