"Smack in the Heart of Texas"
Chamber of Commerce.
Here is a History page for Bryan.
The area that is now Bryan was part of a land grant to Moses Austin by Spain in 1821. It was colonized by Stephen F. Austin, his son. Austin, Texas is named after his son also. First established in 1859 on 640 acres, Bryan now has over 20,000 acres (32.3 sq mi). Named for William Joel Bryan, who was a nephew of Stephen F. Austin, the Texas pioneer. His family came with Austin when he first came to start a colony in Texas. Bryan did not really begin to emerge until 1860 when the Houston & Texas Central Railroad arrived.
The county seat for Brazos County was moved from Boonville to Bryan in 1866 when the local residents voted in the change. Bryan was incorporated in 1871. College Station, nearby, is home to Texas A&M University, which is the oldest public institution of higher education in the state. The University is an important part of the community which attracts a broad economic base. There is much agriculture here.
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Bryan is the County seat of Brazos County.
Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History
3232 Briarcrest Drive
Bryan, TX 77802-3015
Phone: (979) 776-2195
Live animal exhibits, visiting displays and year-round children's activities make the Brazos Valleymuseum a place for the entire family. Along with fossils and skeletal remains found in the BrazosValley, the museum also displays a profound mural painted by local artist Emma Stark featuringBrazos Valley life more than 12,000 years ago. The museum is open from 8 am. to 5 pm. Mondaythrough Friday and 10 am. to 5 pm. on Saturdays.
Bush Presidential Library and museum
located in nearby College Station
Bryan's Historical Districts
Bryan's rich heritage is reflected in its historical buildings and the stories of those responsible forbuilding a strong community. Along with the revitalized downtown buildings are the nearby homesand schools east and west of Texas Avenue. Many are listed on the National Register of HistoricalPlaces and some have historical markers.
The Children's Museum of the Brazos Valley
202 S. Bryan
Opened in 1997 The Children's Museum of the Brazos Valley provides fun, hands-on exhibits in alearning environment. Children can shop for groceries, paint a car, build, act, and act as doctors andpuppeteers in addition to learning about ancient history and basic physics. The museum is acrossfrom Old Bryan Marketplace and is open Wednesday - Saturday from 10 am. to 5 pm., Sundayform 1 pm. to 5 pm. and Tuesdays for group tours and birthday parties by appointment only.
Brazos Valley Telephone Museum
Phone: (979) 779-3414Open Sundays 2 pm - 5 pm.
A showplace of telephone history, the museum welcomes individuals at the times listed above and group tours by appointment.
Messina Hof Wine Cellars
4545 Old Reliance Road
Phone: (979) 778-9463
The fastest growing and most awarded winery in the state is open daily for wine tasting and tours ofthe vineyard, historical winery building and barrel room. Other highlights include a guest center, a bedand breakfast and an Italian restaurant.
An information guide for the Bryan-College Station area.
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Economy & Industry
much of the area is agricultural with cattle, corn, cotton, eggs, hay and sorghum as the main products.
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Bryan has a City Manager/City Council with an elected mayor
The Carnegie Center features an expanding collection of genealogical materials, including 10 computers connected to the Internet (courtesy of Cox Communications); 4 computers to use with several hundreds ofcompact disks. The second floor houses the genealogical collection and on the first floor is a collection of local history documents and photographs, rare books, Texana and a miniature doll house. On microfilm you can research in early day editions of the Eagle newspaper and the Galveston newspapers.
Bryan Schools Bryan Independent School District
101 N Texas Ave
Bryan, TX 77803-5315