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BRADY, TEXAS

McCulloch County Seat, Texas Hill Country
Hwys 71, 87, 190 and 377
100 miles NW of Austin
72 miles E of San Angelo
48 miles S of Brownwood
Population 5,523 (2000)

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Former McCulloch County jail, Brady Texas
The Former McCulloch County Jail
Today The Heart of Texas Historical Museum
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February, 2002
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.

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

Brady Texas Landmarks & Attractions

  • McCulloch County Courthouse
  • The Former McCulloch County Jail (1910) contains 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 Chamber of Commerce - 915-597-3491
    www.bradytx.com
  • Brady Texas street scene post card
    Brady street scene
    Postcard Courtesy of Wm. Petersen
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