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BRAZORIA, TEXAS

On the Brazos River

Brazoria County, Texas Gulf Coast

Highway 36 and FM 521
13 Miles SW of Angleton the county seat
9 Miles W of Lake Jackson
9 Miles SE of West Columbia
15 Miles NW of Freeport
Population: 3,095 (2010) 2,787 (2000)

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Angleton Hotel | West Columbia Hotels

History in a Pecan Shell

Part of the original Stephen F. Austin land grant, Brazoria was platted in 1828 by John Austin. It was deserted in what is called the Runaway Scrape as the Mexican army advanced from their victory at the Alamo.

A school opened as early as 1838 but it wasn't granted a post office for eight more years. The town had a respectable population of 800 by the mid 1880s. Sugar mills and cotton gins provided employment and income while the town gained three hotels and no less than twelve general stores.

The town became the county seat and by 1890 the population reached 900. The first newspaper was published in 1892 and a second sometime before 1914. Brazoria was bypassed by the railroad and lost its status as county seat to Angleton. Nevertheless, the population grew from 633 in 1904 to 1,050 by 1929. Its population reached 1,291 by the early 1960s which has more than doubled to the current 2,787.

Brazoria, Texas Landmarks/Attractions:

Relic of former Brazoria County Courthouse, Brazoria, Texas
All that remains of the 1894 courthouse in Brazoria
Photo courtesy Julie McConnell, 2002
The 1894 Brazoria Courthouse
  • Henry Smith Texas Centennial Statue › next page
    Designed by sculptor Hugo Villa. It sits in the 200 Block of North Brooks Street, (AKA Highway 36) in Brazoria.
  • Old Brazoria Cemetery
  • The Masonic Oak › next page
  • Brazos River Railroad Swing Bridge & Triple Truss Bridge › next page
  • Old Brazoria Cemetery

    Brazoria Tx - Old Brazoria Cemetery
    Old Brazoria Cemetery
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009
    Old Brazoria Cemetery historical marker
    Historical Marker -
    Corner of Star and Camp St

    Old Brazoria Cemetery
    Site given to Brazoria in 1827 by government of Mexico as cemetery for Catholics; thus was open to all residents, as all Austin Colony settlers were legally Catholics. By 1930, this was full, and new cemetery opened. Most pioneer families have members buried here.


    Photo courtesy Julie McConnell
    TX Brazoria County Oak
    "This Oak stands in the Old Brazoria Cemetery - on the south side of Pleasant Street in Brazoria. This area had been designated as a cemetery in 1833. It was on property that had belonged to (General) John Austin who had died of cholera in 1833." - Photo Courtesy Julie McConnell
    Brazoria Tx - Old Brazoria Cemetery
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009
    Brazoria Texas - Don Carlos Barrett Centennial Marker
    Don Carlos Barrett Centennial Marker in The Old Brazoria Cemetery
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009
    Centennial Marker - Corner of China and Travis
    Don Carlos Barrett
    A member of the General Council of the Provisional Government of Texas and by that body elected judge advocate general of the army with the rank of colonel, 1835. Born in Vermont June 22, 1788; died in Texas May 19, 1838.
    Brazoria Texas - Don Carlos Barrett Centennial Marker
    Don Carlos Barrett Centennial Marker Text
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009
    More People | Texas Centennial
    Brazoria Tx - Old Brazoria Cemetery plaque
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009
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    Henry Smith Texas Centennial statue, Brazoria Texas
    The Centennial Statue of Henry Smith
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2009
    Brazoria Tx Corner Store Mural
    Corner Store mural.
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009
    More Texas Murals
    Brazoria Tx Corner Store Mural close up
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009
    Brazoria Tx Corner Store Mural close up
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009
    Brazoria Tx Ghost Sign - Rice Hotel Quality Coffee
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009
    Morea Texas Ghost Signs
    Brazoria Tx Freight Warehouse
    Freight Warehouse
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009
    Brazoria Tx - Caboose
    Caboose on display
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009
    Brazoria Tx - Brazos River Railroad Swing Bridge
    Brazos River Railroad Swing Bridge
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009
    Brazoria Tx  - Brazos River Triple Thru Truss Bridge
    Brazos River Triple Truss Bridge
    Soon to be replaced

    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009

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    Brazoria, Texas Nearby Towns:
    Angleton the county seat
    West Columbia
    Lake Jackson
    Freeport
    See Brazoria County | Texas Gulf Coast

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