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BRENHAM

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Originally appearing in Volume V04, Page 495 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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BRENHAM, a city and the county-seat of Washington county, Texas, U.S.A., situated in the S.E. part of the state, about 68 m. N.W. of Houston. Pop. (189o) 5209; (1900) 5968, including 2701 negroes and 531 foreign-born; (191o) 4718. Brenham is served by the Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe (controlled by the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe) and the Houston & Texas Central railways. It is the seat of Blinn Memorial College (German Methodist Episcopal), opened as " Mission Institute " in 1883, and renamed in 1889 in honour of the Rev. Christian Blinn, of New York, a liberal benefactor; of Brenham Evangelical Lutheran College, and of a German-American institute (1898). The municipality owns and operates the waterworks. The city is situated in an agricultural and cotton-raising region, and has cotton compresses and gins, cotton mills, cotton-seed oil re-fineries, foundries and machine shops, and furniture and wagon factories. Brenham was settled about 1844, was incorporated in 1866, and was chartered as a city in 1873.
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