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
5,618 2019 Texas Demographic Center
5,528 2010 Texas Demographic Center
5,523 2000 Texas Demographic Center
5,946 1990 Texas Demographic Center
5,969 1980 Texas Demographic Center
5,557 1970 Texas Demographic Center
5,338 1960 Texas Demographic Center
5,944 1950 Texas Demographic Center
5,002 1940 Texas Demographic Center
3,983 1930 Texas Demographic Center
2,197 1920 Texas Demographic Center
2,669 1910 Texas Demographic Center
690 1900 Texas Demographic Center
560 1890 Texas Demographic Center
115 1880 Texas Demographic Center