Established 1856, city became one of state's largest
cotton buying centers. Oil discovered in 1920's;
substantial industrial development in recent decades. A
number of fine old structures of native sandstone-homes,
a former mill, stores, and schools-are reminders of
city's history. Home of Howard Payne Univ. U.S.
Department of Agriculture's W. R. Poage Pecan Field
Station located here since 1939; 16 new varieties
developed since 1953. Brownwood lies on U. S. 183, a
segment of the Ports to Plains Highway connecting the
heartland to coastal ports.
Brown County Museum of History-
Seven rooms of exhibits in old, castle-like jail.
Brown county history, and evolution of communications
exhibit in room sponsored by West Texas Pioneer Telephone
Club. Open Wed. 1-4p.m., Sat. 11a.m-4p.m. 200 block of N.
Broadway near courthouse.
Camp Bowie Memorial Park-
Honors men of famed 26th Infantry Division
("T-Patch"). Small park features vintage
military equipment, canon, armor. At intersection of
Burnett Dr. and Travis Rd., Camp Bowie Industrial Area.
Douglas MacArthur Academy of Freedom-
Affiliate of Howard Paine Univ., specializing in
history and government in the context of western
civilization. Dedicated to Gen. Douglas MacArthur;
displays some of his personal souveniers. Unique study
settings lure visitors--Mediterranean Room flanked by
replicas of Egyptian tomb statues; Magna Carta Hall
replica of English castle room; replica of meeting room
in Philadelphia's Independence Hall. Magnificent
three-story mural highlights academy entrance. Tours
Mon.-Sat. while school is in session; call 915/646-2502.
Austin Ave. (F. M. 2524) at Coggin St.
Lake Brownwood State Park-
538 acre park offers swimming, fishing, boating,
hiking, camping, nature study, trailer facilities, rest
rooms, shelters, cabins, and group camp accomodations. 23
miles northwest via Texas 279 and Park Road 15.