Like many towns in the region, Brenham was established in the mid-19th century, and prospered with the arrival of the railroad in 1861, followed by the surge of European immigration. Today, its historic downtown has an enviable, picturesque collection of mid- and late-19th-century buildings—most have been sensitively restored and are now home to restaurants and shops. At the core of the historic district is the Washington County Courthouse; a striking Art Deco-era building that—dating from 1939—is one of the town’s most “modern” buildings.
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