Brazoria, Texas is located eight miles to the southeast of Angleton, TX on Farm Road 521 and State Highway 36. This location makes it very convenient to rent an apartment in Brazoria and still have access to nearby Angleton and Houston. Brazoria is a town rich in Texas history, and full of fascinating things to see and do.
Brazoria began in 1828, when Stephen Austin granted land for the town to John Austin. The name was selected by Austin, "for the single reason that I know of none like it in the world." The first school was opened in 1838 and a post office followed soon after.
The "mother of Texas," Jane Brown lived in Brazoria and gave birth to the Republic of Texas' first Anglo American child. She had operated an inn in Brazoria for many years, and this inn is the location where the Treaty of Turtle Creek was signed by Stephen Austin and Santa Ana. Austin himself lived in the town for a time, as well as many other famous names in Texas history.
The main roots of Brazoria lie in the battle for independence that raged with Mexico. The Brazoria Militia was founded in 1830 and they set off on the "Brazoria" Schooner to fight in the Battle of Velasco. This was the first of many battles on the way to the formation of the Republic of Texas and later the state of Texas. This militia is still active today and holds regular meetings.
The Brazos River flows right past Brazoria, and it too is rich in history. For most of the 1800's, this river was the main means of transportation in the area. Many steamboats, barges and riverboats stopped in Brazoria on a regular basis. One sternwheeler, the Ocean actually sank at Brazoria and the remains of the ship were never found, despite a $5000 reward for its cargo.
There are many attractions in Brazoria as well as events that are sure to keep you captivated. The historic Masonic Oak marks the spot where five masons met to form the first Masonic Lodge in Brazoria. This tree is still standing and is one of the most popular sights in the town.
The annual Santa Ana Ball draws quite a crowd and it is a time to remember the battles that waged and the people from Brazoria who gave their lives for their republic. The annual Bluegrass and Gospel Fall Festival showcases the best in music from around the state and is also a popular event. The annual No Name Festival features a pageant, fair and more and still has no name after twenty years. It is unlikely that any name will be chosen soon.
The old town area is still standing and affords a rare glimpse into the past and the lives of the founders of Brazoria. The Community Historical Museum is packed full of interesting items to illustrate the history of the town.
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