As the seat of Brazoria County, Angleton was founded in 1890, primarily to provide for a connecting railroad track to southern locations in the county. Faustino Kiber and Lewis Bryan bought land in the area in an effort to extend a railroad track to the town of Velasco. The men laid out a townsite and named it Angleton after the family of George Angle. Today, Angleton is an award-winning "Keep Texas Beautiful" city with a plethora of antique shops and parkland.
Annual events include the Brazoria County Fair, considered the largest county fair in Texas every October, and the Christmas on the Square each December.