Brady, Texas

Brady, Texas

The City of Brady is the county seat of McCulloch County, Texas. People regard Brady the "Heart of Texas" because it is the city closest to the geographical center of the state of Texas, located about 15 miles northeast of Brady.   Photograph by Larry D. Moore.

Brady, the county seat of McCulloch County, is located on U.S. highways 87, 283, and 190, 115 miles northwest of Austin, near the geographic center of Texas. When the area was settled in the 1870s, the community was named Brady City after Brady Creek, which runs through town. The name was shortened to Brady when the town was incorporated in 1906. In 1787–88 Spanish explorer José Mares crossed the creek near the site of present Brady. Henry and Nancy Fulcher, the first settlers on Brady Creek, donated land for the townsite in the mid-1870s. Allison Ogden and his father-in-law, Ben Henton, built a store in 1875. A post office opened in 1876. After residents of McCulloch County chose Brady as county seat on May 15, 1876, the town grew fairly quickly. Brady had about fifty residents in 1877, and a stone courthouse was completed in 1878. Thomas Maples began weekly publication of the Brady Sentinel in 1880; by 1884 Brady had two churches, a district school, three stores, two hotels, and 300 residents.

Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.

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Population Counts

Pop. Year Source
5,118 2020 United States Census Bureau
5,618 2019 Texas Demographic Center
5,528 2010 United States Census Bureau
5,523 2000 United States Census Bureau
5,946 1990 United States Census Bureau
5,969 1980 United States Census Bureau
5,557 1970 United States Census Bureau
5,338 1960 United States Census Bureau
5,944 1950 United States Census Bureau
5,002 1940 United States Census Bureau
3,983 1930 United States Census Bureau
2,197 1920 United States Census Bureau
2,669 1910 United States Census Bureau
690 1900 United States Census Bureau
560 1890 United States Census Bureau
115 1880 United States Census Bureau