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BROOKSHIRE, TEXAS

Waller County, Central Texas S
Highway 90 and Interstate 10
30 miles W of Houston
44 miles E of Brenham
Population: 3,450 (2000)

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Corner store in Brookshire, Texas
A corner store in Brookshire

Photo by John Troesser, May 2004
Captain Nathen Brookshire  historical marker in Brookshire, Texas
"Captain Nathen Brookshire" Marker

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History in a Pecan Shell

Captain Nathen Brookshire, a member of Stephen F. Austin's fifth colony (1835) is the town's namesake. The town became an agricultural community thanks to the rich Brazos riverbottom land and the Katy railroad. The population of Houston absorbed all the melons, pecans and corn that Brookshire farms could produce. A post office was granted by 1893. Cotton was the leading inedible crop and by 1897 the town was shipping 10,000 bales of the stuff.

After 1900, as other crops declined, rice took up the slack. The population for 1920 was 1,250 and by 1980 it had nearly doubled.

Although it is not the county seat of Waller County (see Hempstead), the Waller County Museum is in Brookshire in the former home of Dr. Paul Donigan.
Waller County Museum, Brookshire, Texas


Waller County Museum

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Brookshire, Texas downtown brick building
A building in downtown Brookshire

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