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BRADY, TEXAS

McCulloch County Seat, Texas Hill Country

31° 7' 56" N, 99° 20' 29" W (31.132222, -99.341389)
Hwys 71, 87, 190 and 377
72 miles E of San Angelo
48 miles S of Brownwood
100 miles NW of Austin
Population: 5,425 Est. (2016)
5,528 (2010) 5,523 (2000) 5,946 (1990)

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Brady Texas street scene post card
Brady street scene
Postcard Courtesy of Wm. Petersen

History in a Pecan Shell

The County was named after Ben McCulloch who fought at San Jacinto and served in the Mexican War. This was after he returned from California where he had served as a Sacramento County Sheriff about the time of the gold rush. He was a U.S. Marshall back in Texas when the County was created in 1856. He and his brother Henry almost started the Civil War when they demanded the surrender of the Union garrison at San Antonio. This would've preceded Fort Sumpter, had the Federals put up a fight. Both brothers rose to the rank of General, but Ben was killed and was interred in the Austin State Cemetery. Henry lived until 1895.

A marble marker on the courthouse lawn states that Brady is "The Geographic Center" of Texas. Another, more official marker just North of Placid on Hwy 377 is a bit closer, but we've heard the really, really exact, smack-dab-in-the-middle center of Texas is on a nearby private ranch. For awhile, due to a surveyor's 10 mile error, the village of Whon in neighboring Coleman County was thought to be the geographic center. It's close enough to say you've been there.



Brady, Texas Landmarks & Attractions


Restored McCulloch County courthouse, Brady Texas
McCulloch County Courthouse
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, September 2009

Former McCulloch County jail, Brady Texas
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February, 2002
The Former McCulloch County Jail
1910
The Heart of Texas Historical Museum
One block off the square
at the Corner of High and Main Streets

  • Depot - Santa Fe Center at North Bridge St. The restored depot now functions as an art gallery

  • Calf Creek. - Eleven miles SW of town on Ranch Road 1311

  • Doan's Crossing - Brady was on the "Western" or "Dodge Trail" for the herds of cattle that were going to Dodge City, Kansas. They would go due North, crossing the Red River at Doan's Crossing.

  • Brady Creek Reservoir - Outside Brady

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  • Brady Texas Depot Last Run of Doodlebug
    Last Run of "Doodlebug" at Brady depot
    Photo courtesy Mary L. Irving, Curator, Martin & Frances Lehnis Railroad Museum

    Brady TX Depot
    Brady Depot today.
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, September 2009
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    Brady South Ward School, McCulloch County, Texas
    Photo courtesy Stephen Taylor, 2007
    Brady South Ward School

    Old theatre building in Brady, Texas

    A theatre building in Brady

    TE Photo, 2001

    TX - Coleman County Colorado River thru truss bridge
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2007
    Waldrip Bridge
    Colorado River Through Truss Bridge
    On CR 220 twenty-five miles south of Coleman.




    Brady, Texas Old Photos


    Brady, TX Cow Puncher
    A Cow Puncher, Brady, Texas
    Photo courtesy Dan Whatley
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    Cotton Yard, Brady, Texas

    Cotton Yard in Brady
    Courtesy Will Beauchamp Collection


    Brady TX - Cotton Yard Scene
    Brady Cotton Yard Scene, Postmarked Nov. 8, 1908
    Courtesy Will Beauchamp Collection
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    Hotel Brady, Texas
    Hotel Brady
    Postcard courtesy www.rootsweb.com/ %7Etxpstcrd/
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    post office in Brady, Texas
    Post Office in Brady
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    Christian Temple, Brady , Texas
    Christian Temple
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    Brady, Texas Chronicles

  • Talking Texas Turkey by Mike Cox

    "As Texas prepared to celebrate its centennial in 1936, a turkey from McCulloch County made its way from Brady to the District of Columbia to provide a generous helping of white meat and maybe seconds for President Franklin D. Roosevelt. So far as is known, this Tom is the only beaked turkey from West Texas to reach the White House. ...

    Here’s how the Nov. 21, 1935 issue of the Texas Centennial Review reported the news about Brady’s briefly famous turkey: ... more"

  • "Cattle Highway" between Sonora and Brady
    History cartoon by Roger T. Moore

  • Brady TX - Houston L. BralyHeadstone,  Rest Haven Cemetery
    Lt. Braly of Brady
    A Remembrance



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