Brewster County, Texas

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Brewster County is a county located in western part of the U.S. state of Texas, along the border with Mexico. It is one of the nine counties that comprise the Trans-Pecos region of West Texas. As of the 2000 census, the population is 8,866. In 2009, the population was estimated to be 9,481.[1] Its county seat and only city is Alpine.[2] It is the largest county in Texas in land area.

U.S. Highway 90 crosses the county in the north; U.S. Highway 385 enters Brewster County from the northeast and proceeds south to the county's main attraction, Big Bend National Park, part of the Big Bend. The Sunset Route of the Union Pacific Railroad crosses northern parts of the county, and a recently revived portion of the Kansas City, Mexico and Orient Railway traverses the county en route to Presidio.

Brewster is named for Colonel Henry Percy Brewster, a secretary of war for the Republic of Texas. During the War between the United & Confederate States Colonel Pearce served on the staffs of the two highest ranking Texans in the CS Army; General Albert S. Johnston and General John B. Hood. Colonel Henry Pierce Brewster Monument, Brewster County Courthouse, Alpine, TX The county is the largest in the state, over three times the size of the state of Delaware, and more than half a thousand square miles bigger than Connecticut.[3]

Oilman, geologist, and historian Clayton Wheat Williams, Sr., operated a ranch near Alpine in Brewster County though his residence was in Fort Stockton.


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