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Central Texas Profiles : Brenham, Texas
Brenham is located on highway 290; about 75 miles northwest of Houston and 90 miles from Austin. Brenham was established around 1843 and was named after a Republic Of Texas hero by the name of Dr. Richard Fox Brenham, who had practiced medicine in the area.
Brenham is located in Washington County and is the County seat, with a population nearing 15,000 and Brenham is the home and headquarters for Blue Bell Creameries. Blue Bell is the third best selling ice cream in the country, despite only being sold in about seventeen states.
The creamery was founded in 1907 as "Brenham Creamery Co." The name changed to "Blue Bell" in 1930, after the wild flower that grows in the area. In 1981 "Time" magazine devoted a seven page article to the creamery.
Brenham is known for its German heritage, and holds a festival each year in May called "Maifest." This celebration is one of the oldest German festivals in the south, with this year being the 119th celebration. The festival celebrates German heritage. Each year there is a parade, children's carnival, arts and crafts and plenty of German music and much more.
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