On the banks of the Brazos River, the city was founded in 1828 by Stephen F. Austin as one of his original settlements in Texas. 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 Gulf Coast 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.
Brazoria acknowledges its rich history and to honor that history, the Brazoria Heritage Foundation restored the 1933 elementary school and created the Brazoria Civic Center. 979/798-2273 or 979/236-0241.
The San Bernard River offers plenty of opportunities for activity—boating, fishing, jet skiing and more. It also is the location of the annual boat parade during the Christmas celebration. 979/964-4402. www.sanbernardriver.com.
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