Brenham, Texas


Brenham 1858. Brenham is the county-seat, and quite a thriving place. At this time (1857) there are signs of vigorous improvement, and many new buildings going up ; and the ox-wagons, the ” peculiar institution” of this country, are hauling away cotton, and returning with merchandise and building materials. The mechanics are all fully employed., and wagons, ploughs, and furniture, are turned out in goodly quantities. The constant din of mechanical sounds, as the rough and stubborn wood and metals are fashioned for the convenience and comfort of man, be speak a thriving community. The location of Brenham is beautiful ; the rolling hills surrounding the town diversify the scenery ; and the stately trees, left as Nature planted them, lend a charm to the prospect, and beautify the happy location. A writer says, that the post oak land of this county is much underrated ; it is easier cultivated, and fencing cheaper than in the prairie ; there is in these lands the advantage of an abundant supply of mast for hogs. – Braman’s information about Texas, 1858

History of Brenham and Washington County, 1915 by Mrs. R. E. Pennington. Digital book online

Brenham, Texas, 1844-1958, by Robert A. Hasskarl, Jr.

A History of Brenham, 1933 by Eula Richardson Hasskarl

Blue Bell ice cream: a century at the little creamery in Brenham, Texas, 1907-2007, by Dorothy McLeod MacInerney

History of the City of Brenham from the City of Brenham website

History of the Jews in Brenham from


Brenham 1873 Panoramic Map from the Amon Carter Museum

Brenham 1881 Panoramic Map from the Amon Carter Museum


Brenham Postcards and Photographs >>


Nancy Carol Roberts Memorial Library
100 Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy
Brenham, TX 77833
(979) 337-7201

Washington County Genealogical Society
211 South Day St., Suite 105
Brenham, TX 77833


Brenham, TX 30° 10′ 0.7788″ N, 96° 23′ 51.8784″ W