These twin cities are in the Brazos River Valley, where Stephen F. Austin's colonists settled between 1821 and 1831.
Bryan was established in 1855 and named in honor of William Joel Bryan, nephew of Texas pioneer Stephen F. Austin. It has been the agricultural and commercial center of the area since 1867, when the H&TC Railroad began train service through town.
College Station became a city in 1938, although it traces its origins back to 1871 with the founding of the Agricultural and Mechanical College, now known as Texas A&M University. The U.S. Postal Service gave the city its name in 1877 based on its status as a railway stop.
The Presidential Corridor begins here, stretching from Texas 6 to Texas 21 and U.S. 290 to Austin to connect the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Bryan-College Station with the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum in Austin.
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