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HARVEY, TEXAS

Brazos County, Central Texas S

Farm Road 30
2 miles SE of Bryan

Population: 310 (1990)

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History in a Pecan Shell

The area that now includes Harvey received its first settlers in the 1860s.

Established in 1879, Harvey was named in honor of Booneville's blacksmith, Brazos County clerk, sheriff, tax assessor/collector and surveyor, Harvey Mitchell. In his spare time he was a minister, store owner, and hotel keeper. Colonel Mitchell served all of these offices/ occupations simultaneously and still found time to grow a beard. He was said to have married a couple who was passing through the area and had come to his blacksmith shop to have one of their horses shod.
Harvey Mitchell
Portrait of Harvey Mitchell aka The Father of Brazos County
Photo Courtesy Carnegie Center of Brazos Valley History
Mitchell was later known as the "Father of Brazos County" and the man is remembered today by the above oil painting hanging in the Carnegie Center of Brazos Valley History in downtown Bryan. The center also has Mr. Mitchel's original brass surveying compass on display.

In 1890 the Harvey, Texas post office opened in the grocery store of J. W. Barron.

Cotton production, the mainstay economy of the area, was eventually replaced by ranching and the population of Harvey, a mere twenty-five persons in 1910, increased to only 110 by the mid-1960s.

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