Brewster County, Texas

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Brewster County, Texas

Brewster county is the largest county with area slightly less than that of Connecticut plus Rhode Island. Land features mountains, canyons, distinctive geology, plant life, and animals. Local economy consists of agriculture, tourism, government services, Sul Ross State University, and mining.

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Average Price $611K
Lowest Price $279K
Highest Price $1.1M
Total Listings 17
Avg. Days On Market 1
Avg. Price/SQFT $606

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Where is Brewster County?

  •  Brewster County is located in the far western region of Texas. Brewster county is one of nine Trans-Pecos counties that borders Mexico. 
  • Brewster County, the largest county in Texas, is in the Trans-Pecos region of West Texas, and is the site of Big Bend National Park, the largest park in the state. Brewster County is bordered by Presidio County to the west, Jeff Davis County to the northwest, Pecos County and Terrell County to the east, and the Rio Grande to the south. Alpine, the county seat and largest town, is 220 miles southeast of El Paso in northwestern Brewster County.

  • The county's center lies about fifty miles southeast of Alpine at approximately 29°51' north latitude and 103°01' west longitude. U.S. Highway 90 and the Southern Pacific Railroad cross the northern part of the county; U. S. Highway 385 and State Highway 118 enter Brewster County from the northeast and northwest, respectively, and run south to Big Bend National Park; and the South Orient Railroad crosses the northwestern part of the county.

How big is Brewster County?

  • Brewster County is the largest county by area in the state of Texas. It is over 3 times the size of Delaware, and more than 500 square miles bigger than Connecticut. 
  • Brewster County comprises 6,169 square miles of largely rough and mountainous terrain, with elevations ranging from 1,700 to 7,825 feet above sea level; the latter elevation, the tenth highest in the state, is at Emory Peak. Most of Brewster County drains into the Rio Grande, although the northern part drains into the Pecos River. Soils are generally shallow and stony, with some loamy to sandy soils and clayey subsoils.

Things to do in Brewster County

  • Brewster county offers access to Big Bend National Park. There are biking and hiking trails all over the state park. 
  • Brewster County offers access to the highest point in the Chisos mountain range at the Emory peak. Canoe or kayak the Rio Grande and see Mexico in ways you never have before.
  • In 1952 Houston oilman Walter M. Mischer began buying land around Lajitas, in southwestern Brewster County, and in 1976 he began "reconstructing" a Wild West town that had never existed, complete with condominiums, motels, restaurants, and shops, next to old Lajitas, the true ghost town. The World Championship Chili Cookoff at Terlingua began as a tongue-in-cheek challenge between Wick Fowler and humorist H. Allen Smith in 1967 and has become a November tradition, celebrated across the state and nation. In 1988 the state of Texas doubled the size of its state park system when it bought the Big Bend Ranch, in southwestern Brewster and southeastern Presidio counties; the resulting Big Bend Ranch State Natural Area opened to the public in January 1991.

Farming and Ranching in Brewster County

  • Cattle farming and poultry production are important factors for the Brewster economy. Grains, and beans have been the primary crop for farmers in Brewster county. 
  •  The climate is subtropical-arid. The average minimum temperature in January is 34° F, and the average maximum temperature in July is 95°. The growing season averages 239 days a year, and the average annual precipitation is twelve inches.

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