is located on the Texas Gulf Coast just a short drive south of
Houston. Brazosport has long been recognized as the center of
commerce for the Brazoria County area. The eight cities that make up
Brazosport span a large portion of the actual Brazoria county area. Clute,
Freeport, Jones Creek, Lake
Jackson, Oyster Creek, Quintana,
Richwood, and Surfside Beach are all located within a few minutes of
each other north, south, east, and west. Historically speaking,
Brazosport is where Texas history began. It is where the first port
was established, and where the Republic of Texas' first capital was.
It is where the group known as Stephen F. Austin's "Old
300" first stepped off the schooner "Lively." The
schooner landed near the mouth of the Brazos River in 1821 bringing
men full of hope, courage and the will to survive. They met the
challenge of war that greeted them and achieved the reward that
solidified them. After engaging in many hard fought battles, they
defeated General Lopez Santa Anna (the leader of Mexico's army), and
Texas became a Republic. Their hardships and sacrifices were finally
rewarded with the signing of the Treaties of Velasco which gave
Texas it's independence. Stephen F. Austin, a hero and driving force
of the Texas Revolution, later died in West Columbia, Texas.
Austin's body was transported down the Brazos River to Peach Point
in present day Jones Creek, and buried in a honors tomb at Gulf
Prairie Cemetery. In 1910, despite strong family objections,
Austin's body was removed from his grave and transported by wagon to
Brazoria and placed on a train, traveling to Austin where his final
resting place remains today at the State Cemetery.
Aside from the
fact that Brazoria County is steeped in natural history and beauty,
there are many other reasons why national magazines frequently list
the Brazosport area as one of the most desirable places in the
country to live, for instance, the excellent school system, lower
cost of living, affordable housing, and abundant job opportunity.
The close proximity to one of the nation's foremost metropolitan
areas has also made the economic base solid and allowed large growth
in manufacturing and retail business.
pristine gulf coast area offers miles of sandy beaches, lots of good
fishing, numerous local and county parks, and some of the best
birding in the state. Abundant local festivals draw many tourists to
the area. Brazosport is sometimes referred to as the "Capital
of Texas for Festivals." The average annual temperature hovers
around seventy-one degrees and the climate is tropical in nature,
these factors combine to make ideal weather year-round for outdoor
enthusiasts. Visitors can choose from many different hotels, beach
houses, RV parks, or Bed & Breakfast Inns for their stay. You
can be sure whether you choose Brazosport for a visit, or your next
home, you won't be disappointed.