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BROOKSHIRE, TEXAS
formerly
Kellner

Waller County, Central Texas S

2947'1"N 9557'16"W (29.783737, -95.954325)
I-10 & Hwy 90
23 miles SE of Hempstead the county seat
34 miles W of downtown Houston
7 miles W of Katy
E of Columbus
Population: 4,702 (2010) 3,450 (2000)

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Brookshire TX - Road Sign
Brookshire City Limit
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009
History in a Pecan Shell

Captain Nathen Brookshire, a member of Stephen F. Austin's fifth colony (1835) is the town's namesake. The town became an agricultural community thanks to the rich Brazos riverbottom land and the Katy railroad. The population of Houston absorbed all the melons, pecans and corn that Brookshire farms could produce. A post office was granted by 1893. Cotton was the leading inedible crop and by 1897 the town was shipping 10,000 bales of the stuff.

After 1900, as other crops declined, rice took up the slack. The population for 1920 was 1,250 and by 1980 it had nearly doubled.

Although it is not the county seat of Waller County (see Hempstead), the Waller County Museum is in Brookshire in the former home of Dr. Paul Donigan.
Brookshire, Texas - Waller County Museum
Waller County Museum
TE Photo, May 2004
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Waller County TX - Kellner Townsite  historical marker
Kellner Townsite historical marker
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009
Historical Marker
(in Brookshire, W of US 90 and FM 1489 intersection):

Kellner Townsite

(in NE part, Stephen F. Austin grant to Wm. Cooper)
First town in area. Platted 1893 by John G. Kellner (1846-1933), donor, Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railroad right of way and station site. Kellner's rich Brazos River watershed farm and ranch lands produced rice, cattle, peanuts, pecans, and (later) natural gas. His old home is nearby. Town was renamed Brookshire.
Brookshire TX - Downtown
Brookshire downtown building
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009
Brookshire TX - 1932 Zahimen Building
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009
Brookshire, Texas downtown brick building
The 1932 Zahimen Building
TE Photo, May 2004
Brookshire TX - Downtown building
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009
Corner store in Brookshire, Texas
A corner store in Brookshire
TE Photo, May 2004
Captain Nathen Brookshire  historical marker in Brookshire, Texas
"Captain Nathen Brookshire" centennial marker
TE Photo, May 2004
Texas Centennial Marker (corner of 5th & Velasco):

Captain Nathen Brookshire

Participated in the storming and capture of Bexar, December 5th to 10th,1835.
A captain in the Texas Army, 1836.
Born in Tennessee, 1793.
Died Jan. 10, 1853
Brookshire TX - Silos
Silos
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009
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Brookshire TX - Tin Barn
Tin Barn
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009
Brookshire TX - Barn signs
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009
Brookshire TX - Welcome Sign
Welcome to Brookshire
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009

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Brookshire, Texas Nearby Towns:
Hempstead the county seat
Houston | Katy | Columbus
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