A Guide to Historic Brazos County

A Guide to Historic Brazos County, a heritage tourism brochure published by the Brazos Heritage Society, is now available as a PDF download.

The brochure is also available at several tourist locations around Brazos County, including:

  • local libraries
  • the College Station Conference Center
  • the Chamber of Conference
  • and the Convention and Visitors Bureau.


Historic Brazos County


Historic Brazos County books now available!

  • Nonmembers – $40 including tax
  • Members – $30 including tax

To order your copy, contact Brazos Historical Society.





Birth and Death of Boonville: First Town of Brazos County


Written by Margaret Lips Van Bavel.

Nonmembers – $15 including tax

Members – $10 including tax

The Boonville Book is the story of a ghost town, the first county seat of Brazos County, named Boonville after the pioneer hero of the early nineteenth century, Daniel Boone.

The town site of 150 acre was laid out in 1841, only five years after Texas became independent from Mexico.

Incredible hardships were endured to survive those early years in the wilderness.

Especially by the woman who often had to raise large families.

Boonville could not have survived without the guiding spirit of Harvey Mitchell, the same individual who, in 1871, convinced the site committee for a grand college, now Texas A & M University, to be established near Bryan.

Only the Boonville Cemetery survives today as a monument to the pioneers who laid the foundation for Brazos County.

Old Bryan Walking History and Walking Tour


Download this free PDF of a brief history of Bryan and walking tour of the historic downtown.

Written by two A&M geography professors, this self-guided tour will give you a new appreciation of our local heritage.

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