Brazos River

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Largest river between the Red and the Rio Grande, the 840-mile Brazos rises in 3 forks: the Salt, Clear and Double Mountain forks. According to legend, this river saved Coronado's Expedition of 1540-1542 from dying of thirst, so the men thankfully named it "Los Brazos de Dios" (Arms of God). On its banks were founded historic San Felipe, capital of Stephen F. Austin's Colony, and Washington, where in 1836 Texas' Declaration of Independence was signed. Vast plantations thrived in the fertile Brazos Valley, making cotton "king" in Texas until the Civil War.

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In a despicable, mangy act unbecoming of a proud citizen of the State of Texas, this marker was stolen from its location along Highway 21, near the Brazos River, around 1998. We want our marker back! If you have any knowledge of its whereabouts, please contact Brazos County Crime Stoppers at 979-775-8477 or return it to the Carnegie Library in Bryan. Reward. No questions asked. The picture is from our 1993 marker survey.


30° 37' 42.2112" N, 96° 32' 34.7136" W