in a Pecan Shell|
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.
Texas Landmarks & AttractionsMcCulloch
Former McCulloch County Jail (1910) contains the Heart of Texas
Historical Museum. One block off the square at the Corner of High and Main
- Santa Fe Center at North Bridge St. The restored depot now functions as an art
Creek. - Eleven miles SW of town on Ranch Road 1311
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 BradyBrady
Run of "Doodlebug" at Brady depot. Photo courtesy Mary L. Irving, Curator,
Martin & Frances Lehnis Railroad Museum |
Postcard Courtesy of Wm. Petersen