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.
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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.
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Brady by the Numbers
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|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|