Brazos County is named for the Brazos River, which was called by the Spanish as “Rio de los Brazos de Dios” meaning “the river of the arms of God”.
Created: January 30, 1841
Booneville 1841 – 1866
Bryan 1866 – present
County Courthouse – Bryan
Location: 300 East 26th Street / North Texas Avenue
Built: 1954 – 1955
Architect: Caudill, Rowlett & Scott
Contractor: A P Kasch & Sons
Description: The building faces south and is a three story brick, steel and marble structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city. The south front has a projecting glass one story entrance. The first story has pillars with recessed glass walls. On the north side of the building, the wall is a blue colored glass. The roof line is flat. The main courtroom is located on the east side of the second story. The building was renovated in 1982 to 1986. The architect was Jack Cumpton Architect and the contractor was Utley James of Texas. The building was renovated from 2009 to 2018. The architect was Patterson Architects and the contractor was Madison Construction, LP.
Note: The first court met at the cabin of Joseph Ferguson, near the Navasota River. The first courthouse was built in Booneville in 1843. The second courthouse was built in 1846 and the third courthouse was built in 1853. The fourth courthouse was built in 1871 in Bryan after the county seat was moved in 1866. The fifth courthouse was designed by Eugene Thomas Heiner and constructed by L M Brown in 1892 to 1893 at a cost of $65,000. The sixth and present courthouse was constructed at a cost of $800,000 in 1955.
County Administration – Bryan
Location: 200 South Texas Avenue / East 27th Street
Built: 2006 – 2008
Architect: Patterson Architects
Contractor: Madison Construction, LP
Description: The building faces west and is a three story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city to the south of the courthouse. The building is “L” shaped with a large east section and a south section. The north section of the west front has three large arches at the entrance. The windows are narrow and vertical. The roof is mansard.
N – Robertson County
W – Burleson County
Picture 1892 Courthouse
Cornerstone 1892 Courthouse
Photos taken 2014 and 2019