Coal Mine House

Steven Nickols claims to have the oldest house in Brentwood. The home was first built in Nortonville, a mining town near Black Diamond Mines in Antioch. 

More than 130 years ago, visitors to Brentwood could check into the Brentwood Hotel. Originally located on the corner of Brentwood Boulevard and Oak Street, the two-story building boasted 12 guest rooms and a balcony where visitors could congregate and even call down to people on the street. The hotel was close enough to the Brentwood train station that guests could walk from the busy depot to the hotel and easily enjoy a visit to the many saloons in town for a cool drink or a game of cards. 

In July 1967, the hotel was leveled to make way for a new Standard Oil Company service station. The busy train station that once had eight stops – four going north and four going south – each day, is also gone. Only the platform remains. 

Though many treasures have been lost, there are still plenty of historic gems left in Brentwood.  One is an old house on Second Street that owner Steven Nickols claims is the oldest house in Brentwood.


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