Brownwood Pop.18,880 Alt. 1,342

General -

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. Admission.



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