Brazos Country

Brazos Country was developed in the late 1970s. In 1978, a small independent Houston oil company came into Austin County and purchased 650 acres of ranch land immediately west of the Brazos River and south of I-10. The ranch, known as the Chew Ranch, consisted of approximately 1,000 acres, 350 of which were kept by the ranch to raise cattle along the banks of the river.

The 650-acre tract was subdivided into plots of 1, 2 and 3 acres and development of the subdivision known as Brazos Country began.

In 1979, the first few houses were built and occupied by owners whose job locations ranged from Rosenberg to Houston. As the years passed, new houses were built, slowed greatly by the economic downturn of the mid-1980s. When the economy rebounded in the early 1990s, growth of new homes increased accordingly as more and more families moved to Brazos Country and began their daily commutes to Houston.

In 1999, Katy Mills Mall opened. The growth of Katy and the impending growth of the I-10 corridor prompted Brazos Country residents to petition Austin County to hold an incorporation election in 2000. By a large margin, residents voted to incorporate as a municipality.

State laws mandated the City of Brazos Country as a Class B municipality limited to 2 square miles, because the population was under 600. Today, the City of Brazos Country, recognized as a community of executive homes and beautiful landscape, is still experiencing growing pains and will soon surpass the 600-population figure.