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Physical Features: Rolling, hilly; drains to Colorado River; Lake Brownwood; varied soils, timber.
Economy: Manufacturing plants, distribution centers, government/services, agribusiness, medical, education.
History: Apaches; displaced by Comanches who were removed by U.S. Army in 1874-75. Anglo-Americans first settled in mid-1850s. County created 1856 from Comanche, Travis counties, organized in 1857. Named for frontiersman Henry S. Brown.
Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 73.5; Black, 4.9; Hispanic, 20.7; Asian; 0.7; Other, 1.1.
Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 425; deaths, 483; marriages, 273; divorces, 65.
Recreation: State park; museums; fishing, hunting; wildflowers, walking trails.
Minerals: Oil, gas, paving materials, gravel, clays.
Agriculture: Cattle, hay, peanuts, pecans, meat goats, wheat, hogs. Market value $40.7 million.
BROWNWOOD (20,037) county seat; manufacturing, retail trade, distribution center; Howard Payne University, MacArthur Academy of Freedom; state substance abuse treatment center; state 4-H Club center; hospital; train museum, aquatic park; Reunion Celebration in September.
Early (2,996) retail, light manufacturing, government/services, agribusiness; motorcycle rally in October.
|Howard Payne University in Brownwood. Photo by Robert Plocheck.|