The arches were built in 1913 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the village’s founding and are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
A community founded by Thomas Lake Harris in 1867 is also considered a historic site.
According to a history written by Ed Kurtz Sr., the Harris community members were considered Socialists. In 1875, Harris left the area to found a new community in California and was followed there by many of his members. The Harris house is now privately owned.
Brocton operates its own water, sewer and power plants, and the community is also known as the birthplace of railroad sleeping car inventor George Pullman and Marmaduke cartoonist Brad Anderson.
The state Department of Corrections’ Lakeview Shock Incarceration Correction Facility is located within the village’s borders.