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Brown County, Texas

Brown County features rolling hills that drain to the Colorado River and Lake Brownwood. Land consist of varied soils and timbers. Local economy consists of manufacturing plants, distribution centers, government services, agribusiness, medical and education.

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Lowest Price $265K
Highest Price $10.1M
Total Listings 91
Avg. Days On Market 66
Avg. Price/SQFT $481

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Brown County Information

Brown County is a county located near the geographic center of the state of Texas. Brown County is situated at the boundary between the central and west Texas regions and is variously considered part of both. 

The county seat of Brown County is Brownwood. The area's economy is focused on manufacturing and distribution, agriculture, medical services, and education. Lake Brownwood is located a short distance north of Brownwood. 

What Is Brown County Known For?

Brown County is known for its location at the center of Texas at the boundary between the west and central regions. Visitors and residents enjoy access to Lake Brownwood, and the town of Brownwood is known for the Brownwood Regional Medical Center, Howard Payne University, and Camp Bowie military facility. 

Buying Land In Brown County TX

Land types and usage is varied in Brown County. The mix of soils, hilly terrain, and flat land make excellent conditions for a wide range of farms, ranches, and recreational activities. 

The area also has access to ample water sources, including the Pecan Bayou and Colorado River, as well as Lake Brownwood. These water sources and their tributaries provide irrigation to around 6,000 acres of land. 

Farms in Brown County deal with a number of crops and animals, like hogs, sheep, goats, grains, hay, peanuts, and pecans. 

The terrain of Brown County consists of gently rolling or flat farmland or wooded hills.  

Brown County has approximately 944 square miles of land and a growing season of 242 days. 

The central city of Brownwood is very well developed with access to many services and resources for farming and ranching. The city is also a nexus for all the main local transport routes, including Highways 84, 183, and 377. The relatively gentle terrain of Brown County means that most areas are quite accessible. 

Portions of the Edwards Plateau start in the eastern region of Brown County, with elevation increases of around 800 feet. 

Similar terrain and landscapes can also be found in the neighboring counties of Eastland, Comanche, Mills, San Saba, McCulloch, Coleman, and Callahan. 

Brown County Communities & Amenities

Brown County has a number of cities and towns. However, by far the largest is Brownwood, the county seat. Brownwood is home to large commercial centers and stores like Walmart, Home Depot, ALDI, and the Heartland Mall shopping center.

Other highlights in Brownwood are:

  • Brown County Museum of History
  • The Martin & Frances Lehnis Railroad Museum
  • Howard Payne University
  • Brownwood Regional Medical Center
  • Camp Bowie
  • Bert V Massey II Sports Complex
  • Camp Bowie Aquatic Center

The Brown County area also has its fair share of attractions, like Lake Brownwood State Park, Muse State Wildlife Management Area, and many locations for hunting, hiking, fishing, and taking in the beautiful scenery. 

There are a number of other communities in Brown County. These include Bangs, Early, Blanket, Brookesmith, May, Zephyr, and Lake Brownwood. 

Brown County History

Some of the first surveys of the area that was to become Brown County were conducted in 1838. The first Anglo-American settlers arrived in the mid-1850s, and by 1858 the county had been formally established, taking part of its territory from Comanche and Travis Counties. 

Brown County was named after Henry Stevenson Brown, a commander of Texan forces involved in conflicts with Mexico. 

Oil was discovered in the county in 1879 and various rail lines were built through the area through the 1890s. In 1909, a boll weevil infestation destroyed the local cotton industry.  

In the early 1940s, Camp Bowie was established a short distance south of Brownwood. This military facility housed and trained troops, and also held prisoners of war. The camp contributed greatly to the growth of the local economy and the expansion of Brownwood. 


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