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Brown County, Texas

The county was formed on the western frontier in 1856 from Comanche and Travis counties and organized in 1858, with Brownwood designated as the county seat; the town was also awarded the county's first post office that year.  The original site of the Brown County seat of Brownwood was east of Pecan Bayou. A dispute arose over land and water rights, and the settlers were forced to find a new location. Greenleaf Fisk donated 60 acres to relocate the county seat to the west side of the bayou, on what is now the current site of Brownwood, and 100 additional acres for county use. The town was incorporated in 1884.

The county developed slowly between its founding and the 1870s, primarily because conditions were not secure for settlement until the late 1870s or early 1880s, as settlers were harassed by Indians and white predators for twenty years after the county was formed. The original settlers had to resist Comanches and white desperados.

In 1875 the Fort Worth-Brownwood stage was robbed five times in two months. Much of the criminal activity during the 1870s was attributed to John Wesley Hardin's gang; in 1874 Brown County citizens were among those who lynched suspected gang members at Comanche, and Hardin himself was forced to flee.
[Excerpted from John Leffler, "BROWN COUNTY," Handbook of Texas Online; Published by the Texas State Historical Association]

Cities, Towns and Populated Places

Brownwood * Early * Bangs * Lake Brownwood * Thunderbird Bay *
Blanket * Brookesmith * Cross Cut * Indian Creek * May * Owens * Winchell * Zephyr
 


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Website Updates:
Nov 2014: Mil: Vietnam War Casualties
Sept 2014: History: 1914 County Description
Aug 2014: Mil: WW2 Army Casualty Honor Roll; Korean War Casualties
July 2014: Obit: PLUMMER - Transcribed by Camellia
June 2014: Bio: GOATS - Transcribed by Linda McDonald; Obit: FISK - Transcribed by Sue Carpenter
Jan 2014:  WW1 soldier bios

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