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Brownwood, Texas

Established in 1856, Brownwood became one of state's largest cotton-buying centers. Oil was discovered in the 1920s, followed by substantial industrial development in recent decades. A number of fine old structures of native sandstone homes, a former mill, stores, and schools are reminders of Brownwood's history. Brownwood is the home of Howard Payne University.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's W.R. Poage Pecan Field Station has been located here since 1939; 16 new varieties have been developed since 1953.

The Historic Greenleaf Cemetery is the burial place for Capt. Weston Williams, son-in-law of Gen. Sam Houston, and Noah T. Byars, in whose blacksmith shop at Washington-on-the-Brazos the Texas Declaration of Independence was written. It's also the gravesite of Robert Howard, author noted for his Conan the Barbarian tales. The Indian Creek Cemetery, a few miles south of Brownwood, is the burial place for Katherine Anne Porter, author best known for her novel "Ship of Fools."

Brownwood lies on U.S. 183, a segment of the Ports to Plains Highway connecting the state's heartland to coastal ports.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Douglas MacArthur Academy of Freedom

Affiliate of Howard Payne Univ., specializing in history and government in the context of Western civilization. Dedicated to Gen. Douglas MacArthur; displays some of his personal souvenirs. Unique study settings lure visitors - Mediterranean Room flanked by replicas of Egyptian tomb statues;

Brownwood, TX History

Brown County Museum of History

Seven rooms of exhibits in old, castle-like jail. Brown County history, and evolution of communications exhibit in room sponsored by West Texas Pioneer Telephone Club. Near courthouse.

Brownwood, TX Museums

Camp Bowie Memorial Park

Honors men of famed 36th Infantry Division ("T-Patch")

Brownwood, TX Memorials


Brownwood Country Club

Course Access: Private
Holes: 18
Reserve Advance Tee Times: 2

Brownwood, TX Golf Courses

Things to do near Brownwood, TX

Hardeman County Museum

In county jail built 1891 of native stone, upper floor cells left intact. General history museum occupies lower floor and fea...

Quanah, Acme and Pacific Railroad Depot

Three-story structure built in 1908 in Spanish mission style with red Ludowici Seville tile roof. An extension of the Hardema...

Scenic Drive

F.M. 669 north toward Post ascends the Texas High Plains, which are southernmost extension of Great Plains of the United Stat...

Devil's Rope & Route 66 Museum

Large collection of barbed wire artifacts, including different cuts with fence building tools related to the wire. Other exhi...

City Parks

16 parks offer extensive picnic facilities, tennis courts, sports fields, playground equipment, swimming pools, and two 18-ho...