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BRYAN, TEXAS

Brazos County Seat, Central Texas S

U.S. 190
Hwy 6 and 21
FMs 158, 1179, 1687, and 1688
Adjoining College Station
85 miles SE of Waco
95 miles NW of Houston
30 miles North of Navasota
Population: 78,087(2010) 65,660(2000) 55,002(1990)

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TX - 1955 Brazos County Courthouse
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History in a Pecan Shell

Bryan was named after William Joel Bryan, a nephew of Stephen F. Austin.

A timeline of significant events in Bryan's history:
1820s and 1830s: settled by members of Stephen F. Austin's colony.
1859: the Houston and Texas Central Railroad came through the area and the town was platted.
1866: a post office was granted and Bryan replaced Boonville as the county seat.
1867: The railroad that had been stalled at Millican because of the Civil War came to Bryan.
1868: The Bryan News-Letter became the first newspaper to be published.
1871: the first courthouse in Bryan was built.
1872: Bryan is incorporated.
1876
: Texas A&M College opens in nearby College Station.
1877: The Bryan Independent School District was established.
1880: Bryan's first school was opened.
1884: Population reaches 3,000.
1889: Bryan obtained electric lighting and a waterworks.
1892: The fifth Brazos County Courthouse, designed by Eugene Heiner, was built
1900: Bryan has a population of 3,589 and the International-Great Northern Railroad arrived.
1902: Bryan's Carnegie Library was opened with a 10,000 grant from Andrew Carnegie
1910: Bryan builds an interurban railroad to College Station, which is abandoned in 1923.
1930s: North Oakwood merges with Bryan and Bryan and College Station become "twin" cities.
1936: State Highway 6 is built through Bryan.
1942: Bryan Air Air Field is opened.
1950: population of Bryan reaches 18,072.

The building of shopping centers and the growth of A & M University drew population and especially businesses away from downtown Bryan in the 1950s and 60s.

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Bryan Landmarks / Attractions

TX - 1955 Brazos County Courthouse
Brazos County Courthouse
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, January, 2014
The Brazos County Courthouse is a forgettable building just East of downtown Bryan. The cornerstone of the 1892 Courthouse sits in the sparse shade of the Courthouse Cedar a tree that has stood beside the 5 courthouses of Brazos County.

  • The Brazos County Courthouses
  • The 1892 (Fifth) Brazos County Courthouse
    How to Demolish a Texas Courthouse in 14 Days
    Brazos County Hires an Iowan to Raze their 1892 Building
    by Brewster Hudspeth
  • The Courthouse Cedar
    On the South side of the Brazos County Courthouse
  • The Carnegie Center of Brazos Valley History
    The 1902 Carnegie Library
  • The Brazos Valley Museum of Natural Science
  • The Brazos County Children's Museum: In the Old Bryan Municipal Building (late 2001) Image.
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  • Bryan Texas Carnegie Library
    The Carnegie Center of Brazos Valley History
    The 1902 Carnegie Library
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    Bryan Texas Masonic Lodge
    The Old Masonic Lodge Building
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    Queen Theatre, Bryan, Texas
    The former Queen Theater
    Palace Theatre, Bryan, TExas
    The former Palace Theater ( A recycled theater )
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    once owned a saloon in Bryan
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    "Drive In" sign
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    Faded signs on the side of a building
    Bryan TX - 1912 date on building
    Once an icehouse c.1912
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    Tremont Building, Bryan, Texas
    The mysterious Tremont Building

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    Bryan / College Station Chamber of Commerce
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    Website - http://www.b-cs.com/
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