Brooks County, Texas

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Brooks County, Texas

Brooks County, located on the Rio Grande plains, features level to rolling topography with brush, and light to dark sandy loam soils. Local economy consists of oil and gas, hunting leases, cattle, watermelons and hay.

Land and Ranch Market Snapshot

Average Price $2.1M
Lowest Price $475K
Highest Price $5.1M
Total Listings 3
Avg. Days On Market 120
Avg. Price/SQFT $221

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Where is Brooks County, Texas?

  • Brooks County is in the Rio Grande Plain region south of Corpus Christi on U. S. Highway 281. It is bounded on the north by Duval and Jim Wells counties, on the east by Kleberg and Kenedy counties, on the south by Hidalgo and Starr counties, and on the west by Jim Hogg County. The center of the county lies at approximately 27°03' north latitude and 98°14' west longitude. Falfurrias, the county's largest town and county seat, is in northeastern Brooks County at the junction of U.S. Highway 281, State highway 285, and Farm roads 2191 and 1418. Other communities include Encino, Flowella, and Rachal. Brooks County comprises 942 square miles of brushy mesquite land.

Adjacent Counties

  • Jim Wells County (north)
  • Kleberg County (northeast)
  • Kenedy County (east)
  • Hidalgo County (south)
  • Starr County (southwest)
  • Jim Hogg County (west)
  • Duval County (northwest)

Sites and Attractions in Brooks County 

  • Matagorda Bay is a large Gulf of Mexico bay on the Texas coast, lying in Calhoun and Matagorda counties and located approximately 80 miles northeast of Corpus Christi, 143 miles east-southeast of San Antonio, 108 miles south-southwest of Houston, and 167 miles south-southeast of Austin.
  • The historic Chisholm Trail, the route used in the late 1800s by cattlemen to drive their livestock from Texas to the railway shipping points in Kansas, traveled directly through Brooks County, and Falfurrias. Falfurrias is home to the Heritage Museum, located along the Chisholm Trail, where the frontier heritage of the region has been preserved in artifacts, relics, records, pictures, maps, and personal papers of the early Brooks County pioneers.

  • Recreational facilities in the county include the Heritage Museum of Falfurrias and four municipal parks with a total of sixty-six acres. The Texas Tropical Trail runs through Brooks County. Hunting opportunities abound. Special events in Brooks County include the Fiesta Ranchera in May, the Watermelon Roundup and Mexican Village Celebration, both in June, and the Fourth of July Rodeo.

Farming and Ranching in Brooks County

  • Only 1 to 10 percent of the land is considered prime farmland. Mineral resources include caliche, gypsum, salt domes, oil, and gas. Temperatures in Brooks County range from 44° F to 69° in January and from to 73° to 97° in July. The average annual temperature is 73°. The average annual rainfall is twenty-five inches, and the growing season averages 310 days.
  •  In 2002 the county had 351 farms and ranches covering 439,771 acres, 84 percent of which were devoted to pasture and 12 percent to crops. That year farmers and ranchers in the area earned $7,573,000; livestock sales accounted for $7,296,000 of the total. Beef and stocker cattle were the chief agricultural products; crops included watermelons, grain sorghum, and hay. More than 1,280,000 barrels of oil, and 86,761,261 thousand cubic feet of gas well gas, were produced in the county in 2004; by the end of that year 169,075,429 barrels of oil had been taken from county lands since 1935. 
 

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