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BRENHAM, TEXAS

Washington County Seat, Central Texas South

Hwy 290
19 miles N of Bellville
22 miles W Chappell Hill
22 miles NE of Round Top
73 miles W of Houston
89 miles E of Austin
Population: 15,997 (2010) 13,507 (2000) 11,952 (1990)

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The County Seat of Washington County is the center of any visit. In fact you could think of Washington County as a large under populated city with very picturesque neighborhoods and really really big yards with cows. It will make your trip.

Brenham, Texas Topics :

  • Brenham History
  • Brenham Landmarks / Attractions
  • Washington County Courthouse next page
  • Brenham Scenes - Brenham photo gallery
  • Brenham Scenic Drives
  • Washington County - Towns & Ghost Towns next page
  • Washington County Vintage Maps
  • Brenham Chronicles
  • Brenham Hotels

  • Historical Marker

    Brenham

    Founded 1843. Named for Richard Fox Brenham (1810-1843), Republic of Texas patriot. Railhead and supply center in Civil War. Blinn Memorial College founded here, 1883. Center for farming, trade and manufacturing. Home of famous annual Maifest, colorful folk tradition. Historical sites marked.

    1936 Centennial Marker - S. Market & E. Stone St.

    City of Brenham

    Established in 1844; named in honor of Dr. Richard Fox Brenham; 1810-1843, surgeon in the army of the Republic of Texas; member of the Mier Expedition; killed at Salado, Mexico; February 11, 1843
    Brenham Landmarks & Destinations
    courthouse
    Washington County Courthouse
    Former & present courthouses
    cemetery
    The Yellow Fever Cemetery
    aka the Masonic Cemetery or the Wilderness Cemetery
    cemetery
    The B'nai Abraham Cemetery
    synagogue
    The B'nai Abraham Synagogue
    Believed to be the oldest Orthodox synagogue in continuous use in Texas
    Brenham Images
    Old photos/ postcards
    Architecturally, downtown has some fine examples of the brick mason's art, while the residences in the older parts of Brenham show off the skills of the carpenter.

    The Carousel in Fireman's Park is only one of eight in the state, and may be the first of it's kind to be seen by younger visitors, who have only seen them in movies and books.

    The Brenham Heritage Museum is in the former Post Office at 105 S. Market. Housed next to the museum, is a rare horse-drawn Silsby Steam Fire Engine circa 1879.

    For those with more than a passing interest in Washington County history, the library sits on the southern end of Fireman's Park.

    Events
    Maifest - Annual German heritage festival. May

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    Brenham, Texas street scene
    Brenham street scene
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    Brenham TX -  Brenham Heritage Museum
    Brenham Heritage Museum, former Post Office
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    Brenham Texas streetscape
    Brenham streetscape
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    Brenham TX - Three Seas Building in the rain
    Brenham's Three Seas Building in the rain
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    Brenham, Texas - Blinn College adminstrations Building
    Blinn College Adminstrations Building
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    Santa Fe Depot, Brenham, Texas
    Brenham Santa Fe Depot
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    Brenham, Texas - Alley with railroad tracks
    An alley with railroad tracks
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    Fall scene in Brenham, Texas
    Fall scene in Brenham
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    Brenham TX Blacksmith Sign With Vine
    Blacksmith Sign
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    Brenham TX Old Neon Liquor
    Liquor Neon
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    Brenham TX Old Neon Dixie Hotel air conditioned
    Old Neon - Dixie Motel Air Conditioned
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    Brenham TX Ghost Sign Mobilgas
    Mobilgas Ghost Sign
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    Brenham TX Welding Sign
    Welding
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    Brentex
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    Brenham TX - The Citadel
    The Citadel
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    Brenham TX - Grain Warehouse
    Grain warehouse
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    Brenham TX water tower
    Brenham water tower
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    Brenham Area Destinations & Scenic Drives
    Washinton County Trip : The Road to Independence
    Just because Washington County is close to Houston and Austin, don't think of it as a day trip. We know you don't want to miss anything, so make a weekend out of it.
    LA BAHÍA ROAD
    Scenic Highway FM 390
    Bethlehem
    Bethlehem Cemetery

    Liendo Plantation

    Brenham Tourist Information
    Washington County Chamber of Commerce
    314 S. Austin Street, Brenham, TX 77833
    409-836-3695, 888-BRENHAM.
    www.brenhamtexas.org.


    Washington County Texas 1920s map
    1920s Washington County map showing Brenham
    (Below "I-N" in W-A-S-H-I-N-G-T-O-N")
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
    Bluebonnets in Brenham  Texas
    TE photo, April 2010
    Texas Wildflower Trips

    Brenham Chronicles
  • August Carl Weiss by Mike Cox

  • Girl on pony, and Sergeant, Brenham, Texas 1950s
    "I also remember an old Black man, who dressed in khaki and rode a horse with a pony in tow, selling rides (for a nickel or dime) on the pony. I believe he was a WWI veteran - and I only remember him as 'Sergeant.' He rode up and down the graded roads whistling a tune." - Melissa Brown (the girl on pony)
    Brenham Texas Forum

  • Subject: Brenham's Yellow Fever Cemetery
    Dear TE, Glad to find your magazine. We did not think anyone knew of or cared about the Old Yellow Fever Cemetery in Brenham... It would be a shame to let it deteriate any further. I was informed by Mrs. Stavena that the Masons were going to help keep the cemetery up. They have a clean-up day I think the weekend of April 14, 07... more - Mark and Dawn Buschardt, Dallas, Texas, February 10, 2007

  • Subject: Brenham's "Sergeant" and a search for an old Brenham Home
    Dear TE, This [photo] is an old house in Brenham that I lived in around 1950-1953 when I was about two... more - Melissa Brown, Spring, Texas, October 30, 2006

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