Brenham

Brenham, Texas

Brenham, Texas

Historic Aereal Map of Brenham, Texas from 1873. Brenham is the seat of Washington County, Texas. Photograph Credit: Augustus Koch via Wikipedia.

Brenham, the county seat of Washington County, is on U.S. Highway 290 seventy-two miles northwest of Houston. The Hickory Grove community changed its name in 1843 to Brenham in honor of Republic of Texas hero Dr. Richard Fox Brenham, who had practiced medicine in the vicinity. In February 1844 Brenham became the county seat through the electoral efforts of Jabez D. Giddings and Jesse Farral's and James Hurt's offer of 100 acres as a townsite. A post office was established in 1846. In 1858 the new county seat, a rapidly growing supply center for a prosperous agricultural area, was incorporated. With the construction of the Washington County Railroad in 1860, Brenham, the rail terminus, served as a distribution point for the state's interior until 1871, when the Houston and Texas Central was extended to Austin.

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.

Belongs to

Brenham is part of or belongs to the following places.

Adopt a Town

The Texas Almanac's Land Rush program lets you adopt the town or county of your choice and share your message with the world. 100% of the proceeds benefit education in Texas.

Currently Exists

Yes

Place type

Brenham is classified as a Town

Associated Names

  • (Hickory Grove)

Locations

  • Latitude
    30.15712460
    Longitude
    -96.39379900

Has Post Office

Yes

Is Incorporated

Yes

Proud to call TX home?

Put your name on the town or county of your choice.


Search Places »

Brenham by the Numbers

This is some placeholder text that we should either remove or replace with a brief summary about this particular metric. For example, "We update population counts once per year..."

Population Counts

Brenham
Pop. Year Source
17,752 2019 Texas Demographic Center
15,716 2010 Texas Demographic Center
13,507 2000 Texas Demographic Center
11,952 1990 Texas Demographic Center
10,966 1980 Texas Demographic Center
8,922 1970 Texas Demographic Center
7,740 1960 Texas Demographic Center
6,941 1950 Texas Demographic Center
6,435 1940 Texas Demographic Center
5,974 1930 Texas Demographic Center
5,066 1920 Texas Demographic Center
4,718 1910 Texas Demographic Center
5,968 1900 Texas Demographic Center
5,209 1890 Texas Demographic Center
4,101 1880 Texas Demographic Center
2,221 1870 Texas Demographic Center