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The Cities and communities of Brazos County, Texas*

 

Allen Farm

Benchley, Boonville, Bryan (County Seat)

Cawthon, Channey Crossing, College Station, Cottonwood

Democrat Crossing, Dinkins

Edge, Enright

Fairview, Fountain

Harvey

Koppe, Kurten

Macey, Millican, Moore, Mooring, Mudville

Navasota (portion), Nelleva

Peach Creek

Reliance, Royder

Sims, Smetana, Spear, Steep Hollow, Stone City

Tabor

Union

Varisco

Wellborn, Wicker, Wixon Valley

*This list of cities may not be complete. Some of the listed places may not exist anymore or may be extremely small. These are included for historical significance.

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Information & Facts about Brazos County, Texas

"Home of Traditional America"

Government

Brazos County government website

County Clerk
300 E. 26th Street (County Courthouse)
Suite 120
Bryan, TX 77803
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Phone: 979-361-4528 (general inquiries)

County Courthouse
300 E. 26th Street
Bryan, TX 77803

Phone: 409-361-4102
FAX: 409-823-6993
The courthouse is at the intersection of Texas Avenue and the William Joel Bryan Parkway

Brazos County Sheriff
300 E. 26th St., Ste. 105
Bryan, TX 77803
Phone: 409-361-3888 or 409-361-4100
fax: 409-361-4119

The County seat: Bryan

Population:

1870 - 9,205
1880 - 13,576
1890 - 16,650
1950 - 38,390
1970 - 57,978
1980 - 93,588
1990 - 121,862
1991 - 121,972
1992 - 122,872
1993 - 125,147
1994 - 129,106
1995 - 130,495
1996 - 131,141
1997 - 131,170
1998 - 132,700
2000 - 152,415

Households - 55,202 (2000)
Housing Units - 59,023 (2000)

(US Census Bureau data)

Location:

The county is located northwest of Houston in the southeastern portion of central Texas. It is located between the Navasota and Brazos Rivers. To the northeast is Leon County and Madison County. Grimes County is on the southeast with Washington County to the south. On the Southwest is Burleson County and to the northwest is Robertson County.

Other Facts & Figures:

Only three incorporated towns are in the county, Bryan, College Station and Wixon Valley

Median Income - $29,089 (2000)

Climate:

Average annual rainfall: 39 inches
Average low in winter: 39° F
Average high in summer: 95° F

Average growing season: 268 days

History:

historical timeline for Brazos County

The county was named for the nearby Brazos River and was created in 1842 when the new county, Navasota (1-1841) was renamed Brazos for the local Brazos River. Though inhabited for thousands of years by Native Americans, the area didn't begin to be settled until relatively recent times. Colonists came here to build plantations as part of Stephen F. Austin's second colony between 1821 and 1831. When transportation was a problem for Washington County residents, Navasota County was formed in January, 1841. The first seat was Boonville. One year later the county was renamed Brazos. The area remained very rural with few families even in the mid 1850's. When the Houston and Texas Central Railroad entered the picture in 1860, growth was accelerated. During the Civil War, the area voted to secede and the railroad here became an important link for the Confederate troops. A training camp was even set up in the county in 1861. Reconstruction after the war took many years with both social and political turmoil. Nevertheless, the county area began to blossom and grow. In 1866, the county seat was changed to the new community of Bryan, one of the major railroad stops in the area. What became a benefit for Bryan didn't help Millican or Boonville as most people moved to the new county seat along with their businesses. As the 19th century progressed, the county population became more and more diverse with Europeans, former black slaves and eastern Europeans arriving to settle.

As the turn of the 20th century came and went, the two towns, Bryan and College Station began to play an ever increasing role in county life. By 1940 the two towns combined population of 14,026, more than half the total county population. By 1980, the residents of the two communities made up 87% of the county population.

Geography:

Land area 586 square miles
Water area: 4.5 square miles

Elevation: 200-350 feet above sea level (range)

Soil: alluvial to sandy. The top portion of the county is located in the Blackland Prairie area with streams, elm, oak, mesquite and pecan trees. In the lower two thirds, there are more post oak, walnut and pecan trees. This is in the Post Oak Savannah vegetation area. Most of the county is either prairie or woodlands.

Genealogy:

Brazos County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 5493
Bryan, Texas 77805
also part of the US GenWeb project

Libraries:

George Bush Presidential Library and Museum
at Texas A&M University
1000 George Bush Drive West
College Station, Texas 77845
Telephone: (979) 691-4000
Facsimile: (979) 691-4050
TTY: (979) 691-4091

Bryan Public Library
201 E. 26th St.
Bryan, Texas
Phone: 979-209-5600

College Station Public Library
1818 Harvey Mitchell Parkway S.
College Station, Texas
Phone: 979-764-3416

Schools:

Bryan I.S.D.
979-361-5200

College Station I.S.D.
979-764-5400

Blinn College
2423 Blinn Blvd.
P. O. Box 6030
Bryan, TX 77805
Phone: 979-209-7200

Texas A&M University
Phone: 979-845-3211

Economy:

Organizations & Groups

Bryan/College Station Chamber of Commerce.
4001 E. 29th Street, Suite 175
Bryan, Texas 77805
Phone: 979-260-5200
Fax: 979-260-5208

Brazos County Historical Commission

Brazos Valley Chorale
Phone: 979-MyLyric

Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra
Phone: 979-774-2877

Bryan/College Station Convention and Visitors Bureau.
715 University Dr E
College Station, TX 77840
Phone: 979-260-9898
Toll-free: 800 777-8292

Attractions & Other Information

Childrens Museum
111 East 27th St.
Bryan, Texas
Phone: 979-779-KIDS

A fun, hands-on museum in a learning environment. Open Tuesday through Saturday 10 am to 5 pm, Sundays by appointment only for birthday parties.

Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History
Brazos Center
3232 Briarcrest Dr.
Bryan, Texas
Phone: 979-776-2195
Fun for the whole family with both year-round and visiting displays. Enjoy live animal exhibits along with local fossils and skeletons.
Hours: 10 to 5 Monday through Saturday.

Brazos County Arboretum - Bee Creek Park
1900 Anderson St.
College Station, Texas
Phone: 979-764-3773

Bryans Historical District
Phone: 979-821-3409
Many homes and buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and some have historical markers.

MSC Forsyth Center Galleries
Texas A&M University
Phone: 979-845-9251
Two galleries with permanent and rotating exhibits. Both open 9 am to 8 pm Monday through Friday and noon to 6 pm Saturday and Sunday.

Northgate Music Festival

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