City & State Pride Found in Abundance in Brownwood, Texas

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Brownwood, Texas is situated in a beautiful spot on the western side of the Colorado River, known as Pecan Bayou. Due to a prior water rights dispute way back in its fledgling days, its relocation resulted in this picturesque area becoming a history-rich locale, loaded with Texas state pride.

On the northern cusp of the Texas Hill Country, this beautiful region would become the site for U.S. Army Camp Bowie during World War II, and at its peak, housed up to 80,000 soldiers destined to train and serve their country. Today, the camp is used strictly for training for the U.S. National Guard. However, the area maintains its honored service history. Camp Bowie Memorial Park and the Brown County Museum of History continue to pay homage to the area’s contributions to both state and country with displays of military might for locals and visitors alike to enjoy.

City & State Pride Found in Abundance in Brownwood, Texas

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Brownwood has grown considerably from its early days as a hamlet settled by ranchers and farmers. Today the city has a population of just over 19,000 and is home to Howard Payne University and Lake Brownwood State Park. Affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas, the university is a private school situated in the heart of the city. Known for its Christian studies program, it presently has close to 1,200 full-time students studying toward various degrees and making Brownwood their home-away-from-home.

City & State Pride Found in Abundance in Brownwood, Texas

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Lake Brownwood State Park provides opportunities for area residents as well as tourists to enjoy the great outdoors, nature, and the many activities that can be had on-site, including camping, fishing, paddling, and swimming. Watersports, as well as land activities, welcome visitors to the park, who can also stay in a historic cabin, do some hiking, or simply relax and learn more about the park’s history. The Civilian Conservation Corps dedicated years constructing the park’s facilities, including the grand staircase, which early park visitors would climb after arriving by boat to go to dances at the park pavilion.

City & State Pride Found in Abundance in Brownwood, Texas
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