TexasEscapes.comTexas Escapes Online Magazine: Travel and History
Columns: History, Humor, Topical and Opinion
Over 1800 Texas Towns & Ghost Towns
NEW : : TEXAS TOWNS : : GHOST TOWNS : : TEXAS HOTELS : : FEATURES : : COLUMNS : : ARCHITECTURE : : IMAGES : : SITE MAP : : SEARCH SITE
HOME
SEARCH SITE
ARCHIVES
RESERVATIONS
Texas Hotels
Hotels
Cars
Air
Cruises
West Columbia Hotels
Find Hotel Deals in
West Columbia, Texas
Book Today & Save
 
 Texas : Towns A-Z / Gulf Coast : Brazoria

BRAZORIA, TEXAS

On the Brazos River

Brazoria County, Texas Gulf Coast
Highway 36 and FM 521
13 Miles SW of Angleton
9 Miles W of Lake Jackson
9 Miles SE of West Columbia
15 Miles NW of Freeport

Population: 2,787 (2000)

Brazoria, Texas Area Hotels:
Angleton Hotels | Lake Jackson Hotels |
West Columbia Hotels | Freeport Hotels

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
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 Tx - Old Brazoria Cemetery
Old Brazoria Cemetery
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009

Brazoria Historic Landmarks/Attractions:

  • The 1894 Brazoria Courthouse at Brazoria next
  • Henry Smith Texas Centennial Statue next
    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 - In the winter of 1834 (one source says March 1, 1835) the first Texas Masonic Lodge was organized beneath the branches of a Live Oak in Brazoria County... more
  • Brazos River Railroad Swing Bridge & Triple Truss Bridge next
  • Old Brazoria Cemetery

    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
    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
    More Texas Cemeteries
    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. More Texas Murals
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009
    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
    Brazoria, Texas
    Area Day Trips:

    West Columbia
    Angleton
    Lake Jackson
    Freeport
    Brazoria Area Hotels:
    Angleton Hotels
    Lake Jackson Hotels
    West Columbia Hotels
    Freeport Hotels
    More Hotels
    More Texas Travel:
    Texas Gulf Coast
    Texas Towns
    Texas
    Hotels
    Angleton Hotels
    Find Hotel Deals in Angleton, Texas
    Book Today
     
    HOME | TEXAS ESCAPES ONLINE MAGAZINE | TEXAS HOTELS
    TEXAS TOWN LIST | TEXAS GHOST TOWNS | TEXAS COUNTIES

    Texas Hill Country | East Texas | Central Texas North | Central Texas South | West Texas | Texas Panhandle | South Texas | Texas Gulf Coast
    TRIPS | STATES PARKS | RIVERS | LAKES | DRIVES | MAPS

    TEXAS FEATURES
    Ghosts | People | Historic Trees | Cemeteries | Small Town Sagas | WWII | History | Black History | Rooms with a Past | Music | Animals | Books
    COLUMNS : History, Humor, Topical and Opinion

    TEXAS ARCHITECTURE | IMAGES
    Courthouses | Jails | Churches | Gas Stations | Schoolhouses | Bridges | Theaters | Monuments/Statues | Depots | Water Towers | Post Offices | Grain Elevators | Lodges | Museums | Stores | Banks | Gargoyles | Cornerstones | Pitted Dates | Drive-by Architecture | Old Neon | Murals | Signs | Ghost Signs | Then and Now
    Vintage Photos

    TRAVEL RESERVATIONS | HOTELS | USA | MEXICO

    Privacy Statement | Disclaimer | Recommend Us | Contributors | Staff | Contact TE
    Website Content Copyright 1998-2008. Texas Escapes - Blueprints For Travel, LLC. All Rights Reserved
    This page last modified: March 4, 2010