Thomas Donelson was born June 1824 and moved his family to Colorado in June 18960. He and a friend burned 60,000 bricks that were used to build Denver's first City Hall on the banks of Cherry Creek, which was later destroyed in the flood of 1864. It is believed that Thomas made the bricks used for the Brighton 1886 Church. He was a placer miner, and also staked 80 acres next to the Platte River where he farmed and built a log cabin. Thomas built the first frame house between Denver and Ft. Lupton, which still exist in the Historic Ft. Lupton Park; and also build the first frame house between Black Hawk and Central City. It is believed that he helped build the Branter, and Fulton Ditches. Quoted from the Brighton Blade, May 17, 1904, "His familiar figure will be sadly missed by this community where he lived for years and which he helped create." Thomas Donelson died in Brighton, May 26, 2901 while trying to board a tram. He is buried with his son James, and mother Laura in the Pioneer Cemetery.