Brazoria

On the banks of the Brazos River, the city was founded in 1828 by Stephen F. Austin as one of his original Texas settlements. Brazoria derives its name from the Spanish word abrazar, meaning embrace, which was the Brazos River's original name. Today, visitors can find restaurants, bed-and-breakfasts and easy access to nearby beaches.

Built in 1939, the Brazoria Historic Bridge was the first traffic bridge on the Brazos River and served as a vital passageway into Brazoria. This bridge is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

The Brazoria Heritage Foundation restored the 1933 elementary school and created the Brazoria Civic Center. For more information, call 979/798-2273 or 979/236-0241.

The San Bernard River offers plenty of opportunities for boating, fishing, and jet skiing. It also is the location of the annual Christmas boat parade. For more information, call 979/964-4402 or visit www.sanbernardriver.com.

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