Due to a water rights dispute in it’s early settlement with the city of Early, it relocated to this side of the river. Brownwood Texas has settled in the beautiful area, on the west side of the Colorado River or Pecan Bayou.
Brownwood is full of rich history, later during the Second World War, Brownwood became the location of U.S. Army camp named Camp Bowie. At it’s peak there was as many as 80,000 soldiers stationed here. Still to this today the base is used as a training camp.
Brownwood is located south of the center of Brown County, west of the Pecan Bayou. It is bordered to the east by the city of Early. Several U.S. Highways pass through the city. Routes 84 and 67 lead west towards Bangs and Santa Anna. U.S. Route 377 leads southwest towards Brady. All three highways head east into Early, where 67 and 377 continue northeast towards Comanche, while 84 leads southeast towards Goldthwaite. Just over the city line in Early, U.S. Route 183 leads north 46 miles (74 km) to Cisco and Interstate 20, the closest Interstate highway.
According to the United States Census Bureau, Brownwood has a total area of 14.9 square miles (38.5 km2), of which 14.8 square miles (38.4 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km2), or 0.17%, is water.