In 1896 Angleton was chosen as the new county seat of Brazoria County. The move followed a political battle so bitter that county records were said to have been moved to Angleton at night by citizens who feared they would be destroyed. The controversy resurfaced in 1913 when another election was called to make Brazoria the county seat again. The proposal failed, 1,348 to 1,058. The courthouse built in Angleton in 1897 has been restored for use as a museum. A five-story courthouse was completed in 1940 and a five-story annex added in 1976. In 1989 several smaller buildings were also being used to house county offices.
The Angleton schools began operation in 1897 as a county district, and in 1899 citizens voted to incorporate as a school district only. A two-story brick school was built but was destroyed in the Galveston hurricane of 1900. A second two-story brick school went down in the hurricane of 1909 and was rebuilt. The third school, which stood for many years, was named in honor of one of the county’s most famous former residents, Albert Sidney Johnston. A college, the University of South Texas, operated briefly at Angleton but closed after its buildings were demolished in the 1900 storm.
On November 12, 1912, Angleton residents voted to incorporate as a city and elected the first city officials, headed by F. M. Harvin as mayor. Soon afterward electrical service was made available. Angleton’s founders donated block 25 of their town to the Methodists, and soon afterward the first church in the new town was built. It was used by all denominations until others built their own. Early social life of the community included amateur theatricals, ice cream suppers to help raise money for the churches, and a “reading and rest room” provided by women of the community to give area farmers’ wives and children a place to wait while the men transacted business in town.
A volunteer fire department was organized and was still in operation in 1989. A community baseball team was so popular that special trains took citizens to out-of-town games. Several clubs were organized, one of which, the Angleton Embroidery Club, was begun in 1923 and was still active in 1989. W. F. Reed, editor of the local newspaper, organized a community band in 1907 and taught the twenty or so members to play their instruments. Attired in snappy white uniforms, the band marched in parades throughout the Houston-Galveston area and played for local citizens downtown each week.
What is believed to be the last legal hanging in Texas occurred in Angleton on August 31, 1923. The largest county fair in the state, the Brazoria County Fair, is headquartered on a 120-acre, county-owned site just south of the city. During World War II the fairgrounds were turned over to the federal government for use first as a prisoner of war camp and later as a base for a United States Signal Corps radar unit.
Angleton was originally a trade center for agriculture, devoted primarily to cotton, corn, truck farming, and cattle, and later to rice and soybeans. It still derives considerable income from agriculture but has followed the general industrial trend of Brazoria County, which began in 1940 with the location of Dow Chemical Company at Freeport and continued with the introduction of a number of other petrochemical manufacturing companies. In 1989 Angleton was a banking and distribution center for a large oil, chemical, and agricultural area.
Angleton is served by one local newspaper, the Angleton Times, which was established in Velasco in 1892 and about 1894 moved to Angleton, where it grew from a weekly to a five-day daily. The Angleton Times stopped publication in 2004 and sold its readership to The Facts newspaper in Clute. The Brazoria County Historical Commission and Brazoria County Historical Museum conduct historical-preservation programs. Restoration of the 1897 courthouse, which is leased to the museum association, was recognized by a state marker dedicated in 1983. In 1989 the city had five parks, in one of which was a swimming pool. A flagpole and marker were placed on the courthouse grounds to commemorate the Texas Sesquicentennial. (source)
If you’re looking for some thrills in Angleton, the crocodile capital of Texas might be the place for you. With 14 species of crocodilians, Crocodile Encounter is putting on Houston’s largest reptile show. But the show doesn’t stop at crocodiles — they’ve got turtles, bison, antelopes, lemurs, kangaroos, snakes, and more!
At Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge, freshwater sloughs wind through salt marshes and rare, native bluestem prairie graces the upland areas. For wildlife, the expanse of salt and freshwater marshes, sloughs, ponds, woody thickets and coastal prairies provide a place to rest, nest and feed. For people, these vestiges of wild Texas offer respite from the concrete jungle, a glimpse of the landscape as it looked before human settlement.
Established to provide wintering habitat for migratory waterfowl and other bird species, the refuge serves as an end point for the ducks and geese migrating south along the Central Flyway for the winter. It also serves as an entry point for neotropical migratory songbirds headed north to their breeding grounds, exhausted from their 600-mile crossing of the Gulf of Mexico.
More than 300 species of birds call the refuge home for all or part of the year, making it a bird-watcher’s paradise. It is because of its significance to waterfowl and migrating birds that Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge and its companion refuges, San Bernard and Big Boggy, were designated an Internationally Significant Shorebird Site by the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network.
While the refuge is managed for the benefit of wildlife, it is also here for you. The 44,413-acre Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge is a place for people to enjoy nature and get outside. Wildlife watching, hunting, fishing, and environmental education programs are all available to the public.
Established in 1966, the refuge is part of the National Wildlife Refuge System, a national network of lands and waters set aside for the benefit of wildlife and you.
The Brazoria County Historical Museum exists to discover, preserve and make known the history of Brazoria County. Located in Brazoria County’s historic 1897 courthouse, the Museum collects, preserves and exhibits artifacts that relate to the history of and which reflect the County’s cultural and demographic diversity.
The Museum is currently open Monday – Friday from 9-5 and Saturdays by appointment. Please practice social distancing and safe hygiene. Masks are encouraged. Renovations of the west end of the Museum begin in January, 2022.
The Brazoria County Fair Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing educational opportunities and scholarships to the youth of Brazoria County. Our Fair is a 9-day annual event that takes place in October of every year. It is known for its old-fashioned fair atmosphere and traditional fair entertainment such as carnival rides, rodeo, concerts, concessions and livestock/agriculture displays. The fair takes place in a 120-acre fairground covered with permanent buildings attracting about quarter of a million people.
Brazoria County Fair is a planned event that would provide competition, entertainment, enjoyment, and an opportunity for county residents and visitors to get together with friends. The fair provides people with a standard of excellence, which all county residents could work to achieve and to encourage the continued improvement of the equality of life in Brazoria County.
BCFA conducts several events throughout the year including our annual Science Fair in February, Game, Farm & Ranch Expo in April, Youth Summer Series Rodeo in June, Spike & Spurs Golf Classic in August, Annual Kick-off dinner and dance is September and of course our Fair in October.
Stephen F. Austin-Munson Historical County Park represents a unique private-public partnership, and is a culmination of years of community support for Brazoria County’s most famous resident, Stephen F. Austin, “the Father of Texas,” as he was first called by fellow early Texan, Sam Houston. Following a ground-swell of support at the turn of the 21st Century to build a monument to appropriately honor Austin, local residents raised funds to construct the statue and facility grounds. Today, it is the first county-run historic site and is now open to the public five days per week (Wed-Sunday). The park features 10 acres, with its centerpiece an iconic, 76-foot tall statue of Stephen F. Austin, which was designed by famed Texas sculptor David Adickes.
The complex includes a visitor and information center with gift shop, picnic areas, and a Texas-shaped pond in the back of the property where catch-and-release fishing is permitted. The park sits on land granted originally to Stephen F. Austin himself as payment for fulfilling his impresario contracts with Mexico, which he in turn granted in 1829 to his contemporary, Henry William Munson.
The property remained in the Munson family until Henry W. Munson IV donated the site for use as a park in honor of S.F. Austin, the Munson family, and Brazoria County in 2004. Activities, reenactments, living history and interpretive events are held at at the Stephen F. Austin-Munson Historical County Park throughout the year. Master Plans include eventual development of trails, interpretive exhibits, a playground and many other items for the site.
MSR Houston sits on 383 acres of land, which includes the road course, karting track, and 180,000 square-feet of paddock space. The road track with its 17 turns, its 2.38-mile length and 40-foot wide track combines a balance of slow, medium and high speed corners. MSR Houston’s Karting Track is 0.7 miles long 26 feet wide with 17 turns. It is configured to run both clockwise and counter-clockwise.
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