Spanning 7.06 square miles, New Brighton is a city within Ramsey County, Minnesota. In the 18th century, tribes called the Mdewakanton Dakota lived in the marshy lakes of New Brighton. The city has a long stockyard history, and was once called “The Town of Cows” because of the abundance of cattle. Nearby cities include Arden Hills, Shoreview, Roseville, Saint Anthony Village, Columbia Heights, Fridley, Mounds View and Minneapolis.
New Brighton is home to several parks, including Richard J. Hansen Park, Freedom Park, Sunny Square Park, Creek View Park, Meadow Wood Park, Hidden Oaks Park, Silver Oaks Park, Innsbruck Park, Veterans Park, Vermont Park, and Long Lake Regional Park.
Every year New Brighton hosts the New Brighton Stockyard Days festival in late summer. The eight-day event began in 1981 as a way to remember the early days of New Brighton as a center for the cattle industry.
Courthouses near New Brighton include the Hennepin County District Court located at 6125 Shingle Creek Pkwy. in the city of Brooklyn Center, and the Hennepin County government center located at 300 South 6th St. in Minneapolis.