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Settled in the mid-1800s, the town became the seat of McCulloch County in 1876 and is named after Texas Ranger Peter Brady. It is at the edge of the Hill Country on the old Dodge Cattle Trail. Several historical markers note the geographical center of Texas: one on the courthouse square, another about 15 miles north on U.S. 377, and a third on private property and was pinpointed as the exact center point of the state by the Texas Association of Professional Surveyors. A historical marker, seven miles east of the city off U.S. 190, commemorates Soldier's Watering Hole, where a group of immigrants were killed by Native Americans in the mid-1800s.
The town is nestled around a courthouse square that features craft and antique shops. It offers fishing year-round and parks. Richards Park has RV hookups and primitive campsites.
Events include a July Jubilee on the first weekend in July and the World Championship Barbecue Goat Cook-Off on Labor Day weekend.