Brownwood, Texas
Brownwood is a city in and the county seat
County seat
A county seat is an administrative center, or seat of government, for a county or civil parish. The term is primarily used in the United States....

 of Brown County
Brown County, Texas
Brown County is a county in West Central Texas. As of 2000, the population was 37,674. Its county seat is Brownwood. Brown is named for Henry Stevenson Brown, a commander at the Battle of Velasco...

, Texas
Texas is the second largest U.S. state by both area and population, and the largest state by area in the contiguous United States.The name, based on the Caddo word "Tejas" meaning "friends" or "allies", was applied by the Spanish to the Caddo themselves and to the region of their settlement in...

, United States
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

. The population was 18,813 at the 2000 census
United States Census, 2000
The Twenty-second United States Census, known as Census 2000 and conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2000, to be 281,421,906, an increase of 13.2% over the 248,709,873 persons enumerated during the 1990 Census...



The original site of the Brown County seat of Brownwood was on the east of Pecan Bayou. A dispute arose over land and water rights, and the settlers were forced to find a new location. Greenleaf Fisk
Greenleaf Fisk
Greenleaf Fisk was a pioneer, known as the Father of Brownwood, Texas. When a land and water dispute necessitated a new site for Brown County's seat of Brownwood, Fisk donated the land for the new location. He was a military veteran of the Texas Revolution and was a member of the Republic of Texas...

 donated sixty acres re-locate the county seat to the west side of the bayou, on what is now the current site of Brownwood, and one hundred additional acres for county use. The town was incorporated in 1884.

During the Second World War, Brownwood was the location of U.S. Army Camp Bowie
Camp Bowie
Camp Bowie is a United States National Guard training center located in west central Texas near the cities of Brownwood and Early.-History:Camp Bowie, in honor of the Texas patriot James Bowie, was a military training facility during World War II, and was the third camp in Texas to be so named...

, which had a peak complement of over 80,000 soldiers. Camp Bowie serves as a training camp today at the intersection Farm-to-market roads 45 and 2126.

On 19 April 1976, an F5 tornado struck near Brownwood, causing extensive damage, but no fatalities.

Brownwood's census figures were re-evaluated after the 2000 census from 18,813 to reflect more accurate figures of 20,407. The city was categorized in 2003 as a "Micropolitan Statistical Area". The federal Office of Management and Budget has issued a definition of "Micropolitan Statistical Areas" as "an urban cluster of at least 10,000, but less than 50,000 population, plus adjacent territory that has a high degree of social and economic integration with the core, as measured by commuting ties."

A dispute over water rights created the adjacent city of Early
Early, Texas
Early is a city located in Brown County in West Central Texas. The population was 2,588 at the 2000 census. It is named for Walter U. Early, who donated land for the schools. Home to Early ISD...

. The two cities are separated by the Pecan Bayou, one of five major tributaries of the Colorado River
Colorado River (Texas)
The Colorado River is a river that runs through the U.S. state of Texas; it should not be confused with the much longer Colorado River which flows from Colorado into the Gulf of California....

 of Texas.


According to the United States Census Bureau
United States Census Bureau
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, the city has a total area of 12.6 square miles (32.6 km²), all of it land.

Water bodies

Lake Brownwood is located north of the city. The lake is a 7300 acres (29.5 km²) reservoir created by damming the Pecan Bayou. There is a wide variety of fish in the lake: large mouth bass, small mouth bass, white bass, stripers, white crappie, yellow cat, flathead cat, perch, and gar. Camping, water skiing, jet skiing, and boating are available. It is home of the Lake Brownwood State Park, a 538 acres (2.2 km²) area which opened in 1938.

The Pecan Bayou is a major tributary of the Colorado River
Colorado River (Texas)
The Colorado River is a river that runs through the U.S. state of Texas; it should not be confused with the much longer Colorado River which flows from Colorado into the Gulf of California....

. Due to the damming of the area to form Lake Brownwood, the Pecan Bayou has a shallow depth and little flow downstream from Brownwood. During heavy rains, the bayou often floods. It runs northwest to southeast and serves as a boundary between the cities of Brownwood and Early, Texas
Early, Texas
Early is a city located in Brown County in West Central Texas. The population was 2,588 at the 2000 census. It is named for Walter U. Early, who donated land for the schools. Home to Early ISD...



As of the census
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of 2000, there were 18,813 people, 7,110 households, and 4,664 families residing in the city. The population density
Population density
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 was 1,493.2 people per square mile (576.5/km²). There were 8,169 housing units at an average density of 648.4 per square mile (250.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 82.74% White, 5.51% African American, 0.61% Native American, 0.60% Asian, 8.47% from other races
Race (United States Census)
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, and 2.07% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 21.34% of the population. NOTE: The 2000 census figures were adjusted later to reflect a more accurate figure of just over 20,000 people. The city has been economically designated a Microplex.

There were 7,110 households out of which 32.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.5% were married couples
Marriage is a social union or legal contract between people that creates kinship. It is an institution in which interpersonal relationships, usually intimate and sexual, are acknowledged in a variety of ways, depending on the culture or subculture in which it is found...

 living together, 13.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.4% were non-families. 30.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the city the population was spread out with 27.5% under the age of 18, 12.8% from 18 to 24, 24.3% from 25 to 44, 19.2% from 45 to 64, and 16.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 90.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $27,325, and the median income for a family was $33,991. Males had a median income of $29,090 versus $18,905 for females. The per capita income
Per capita income
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 for the city was $14,158. About 18.2% of families and 21.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.9% of those under age 18 and 12.8% of those age 65 or over.

Government and infrastructure

The Texas Youth Commission
Texas Youth Commission
The Texas Youth Commission is a Texas state agency which operates juvenile corrections facilities in the state. The commission is headquartered in the Brown-Heatly Building in Austin...

 operates the Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex in Brownwood.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Texas Department of Criminal Justice
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 operates the Brownwood District Parole Office in the city.

The United States Postal Service
United States Postal Service
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 operates the Brownwood Post Office.


The city lies within the Brownwood Independent School District
Brownwood Independent School District
The Brownwood Independent School District is a public school district in Brownwood, Texas . It was established in 1883.It is best known as the long time home of high school football coach Gordon Wood, who during his career won nine state championships, seven of them at Brownwood.In 2009, the school...

 and also offers Howard Payne University
Howard Payne University
Howard Payne University is a four-year private university located in Brownwood, Texas.Currently the university enrolls 1,400 full-time students. Howard Payne is known for the Douglas MacArthur Academy of Freedom, its Music program and its Christian Studies program...

. Howard Payne University teams achieved national championship status in 1957 and 1964 in NAIA Cross Country, and in 2008 with NCAA Division III Women's Basketball. The Douglas MacArthur
Douglas MacArthur
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 Academy of Freedom, a museum with recreations of famous rooms in American history, such as Independence Hall, and a 32 feet (9.8 m) high mural depicting Biblical history, is located on the Howard Payne campus.

Brownwood High School
Brownwood High School
Brownwood High School is a 3A high school located in Brownwood, Texas . It is part of the Brownwood Independent School District located in central Brown County...

 has a strong tradition of non-sport UIL
University Interscholastic League
The University Interscholastic League is an organization that creates rules for and administers almost all athletic, music, and academic contests for public primary and secondary schools in the American state of Texas....

 participation, including academic competitions and drama (one-act-plays). Other opportunities for student participation include band, DECA
DECA (organization)
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National FFA Organization
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, drill team
Drill team
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 (the Lionettes), Key Club
Key Club
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, student council, Students Against Drunk Driving, and National Honor Society
National Honor Society
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The BHS mascot is the Lion, with school colors of maroon and white. The school was tied for most state championships in High School football, with 7, the last coming in 1981, until Celina won their 8th state championship in 2007. Gordon Wood
Gordon Wood (American football coach)
Gordon Lenear Wood was an American high school football coach in Texas. He was a head football coach for forty-three seasons, winning or sharing twenty-five district championships and nine state championships....

, who coached at Brownwood High for a quarter-century, retired in 1985 as one of the greatest coaches in Texas history, with 396 wins. He was recently surpassed by former Celina
Celina High School (Texas)
Celina High School is a 3A high school located in Celina, Texas . It is part of the Celina Independent School District located in northwestern Collin County.-Athletics:The Celina Bobcats compete in the following sports:...

 and Pilot Point coach G. A. Moore
G. A. Moore
-High School Years:Moore attended Pilot Point High School and was a four-year letterman in football, basketball, baseball, and track. He was named to the All-State first team in football and basketball. Moore went on to play running back at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. Moore...


Brownwood is also the home of a West Texas campus of the Texas State Technical College System
Texas State Technical College System
Texas State Technical College System is a system of two-year technical schools in Texas. It is the only state-operated system of two-year colleges in Texas....

. Computer Aided Drafting and Design, Digital Imaging and Design, Software and Business Accounting, Associate Degree Nursing, Chemical Dependency Counseling, Health Information Technology, Computer Network Systems and Administration, Computer Science Database and Web Programming Technology, Emergency Medical Technology/Paramedic, Mechatronics, and Welding Technology are some of the courses offered at the TSTC campus.


Brownwood is served by the following U.S. Highways: US 67
U.S. Route 67
U.S. Route 67 is a 1,560 mile long north–south U.S. highway in the Central United States. The southern terminus of the route is at the United States-Mexico border in Presidio, Texas, where it continues south as Mexican Federal Highway 16 upon crossing the Rio Grande. The northern...

, US 84
U.S. Route 84
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, US 183
U.S. Route 183
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, and US 377
U.S. Route 377
U.S. Route 377 is a north–south United States highway. Originally created as a short spur to connect Denton, Texas with Fort Worth, Texas, it has since been extended to Oklahoma and Mexico for a total length of 478 miles .-Texas:...

. The BNSF Railway
BNSF Railway
The BNSF Railway is a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., and is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas. It is one of seven North American Class I railroads and the second largest freight railroad network in North America, second only to the Union Pacific Railroad, its primary...

 also serves Brownwood. The railroad was a major player in the development and growth of the city.

Brownwood is served by Brownwood Regional Airport
Brownwood Regional Airport
Brownwood Regional Airport is a public airport located in west central Texas, near the cities of Brownwood and Early. The airport has 2 runways 35/17 & 31/13....

. The airport currently has two runways: 17/35, a 5599 × 150 ft. / 1707 × 46 m asphalt runway (30,000 lb per wheel), and 13/31, a 4596 × 100 ft. / 1401 × 30 m asphalt runway (25,000 lb per wheel). Mostly cargo and private air operations take place at the airport, although in the past Mesa Airlines
Mesa Airlines
Mesa Airlines, Inc. is an American regional airline based in Phoenix, Arizona. It is a FAA Part 121 certificated air carrier operating under air carrier certificate number MASA036A issued on June 29, 1979. It is a subsidiary of Mesa Air Group. It was known briefly as Mountain West Airlines from...

 offered regional connections.

Famous residents

  • Casey Shannon, famous for attending Yale and becoming one of the most well known Doctors, Lawyers, & future President of the United States
  • Kelsey Leon, internationally known hardcore partier.
  • Candy Barr
    Candy Barr
    Candy Barr was an American stripper, burlesque exotic dancer, actress in one pornographic movie, and model in men's magazines of the mid-20th century....

    , stripper, burlesque dancer, actress.
  • Bob Denver
    Bob Denver
    Robert Osbourne "Bob" Denver was an American comedic actor known for his roles as Gilligan on the television series Gilligan's Island and the beatnik Maynard G. Krebs on the 1959–1963 TV series The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.-Early life:Denver was born in New Rochelle, New York, and raised in...

    , the actor who played Gilligan
    Gilligan (fictional character)
    Gilligan is a fictional character played by Bob Denver on the 1960s TV show Gilligan's Island and its many sequels. It starred Bob Denver as "Gilligan", the bumbling, dimwitted, accident-prone crewman of the S.S. Minnow...

     and Maynard G. Krebs
    Maynard G. Krebs
    Maynard G. Krebs was the "beatnik" sidekick of the title character in the U.S. television sitcom The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis....

     on CBS's Gilligan's Island
    Gilligan's Island
    Gilligan's Island is an American television series created and produced by Sherwood Schwartz and originally produced by United Artists Television. The situation comedy series featured Bob Denver; Alan Hale, Jr.; Jim Backus; Natalie Schafer; Tina Louise; Russell Johnson; and Dawn Wells. It aired for...

    and The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis
    The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis
    The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis is an American sitcom that aired on CBS from 1959 to 1963. The series and some episode scripts were adapted from a 1951 collection of short stories of the same name, written by Max Shulman, that also inspired the 1953 film The Affairs of Dobie Gillis with Debbie...

    , was reared in Brownwood and attended Brownwood High School.
  • Jerry Don Gleaton
    Jerry Don Gleaton
    Jerry Don Gleaton was a Major League Baseball pitcher from 1979 to 1992 for the Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners, Chicago White Sox, Kansas City Royals, Detroit Tigers, and Pittsburgh Pirates. Became an All-American at the University of Texas and the Most Valuable Player of the Southwest Conference...

    , Major League Baseball pitcher from 1979 to 1992 for the Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners, Chicago White Sox, Kansas City Royals, Detroit Tigers, and Pittsburgh Pirates.
  • Graham Harrell
    Graham Harrell
    Graham Harrell is an American football quarterback. He was signed by the Green Bay Packers and is currently on their scout team. He played college football at Texas Tech.-Early years:...

    , award-winning Texas Tech Red Raiders
    Texas Tech Red Raiders
    The Texas Tech Red Raiders are the athletic teams that represent Texas Tech University . The women's basketball team uses the name Lady Raiders; however, the school's other women's teams use the "Red Raiders" name. The university's athletic program fields teams in 15 varsity sports and 30 club sports...

    Quarterback is a position in American and Canadian football. Quarterbacks are members of the offensive team and line up directly behind the offensive line...

     (2007–2008). was born in Brownwood but grew up in Ennis
    Ennis, Texas
    Ennis is a city in Ellis County, Texas, United States, and a southeastern suburb of Dallas. The population was 16,045 at the 2000 census.In 1871, the Houston and Texas Central Railroad purchased of land in Ellis County at a price of , establishing the line's northern terminus. On May 8, 1872,...

     near Dallas
    Dallas, Texas
    Dallas is the third-largest city in Texas and the ninth-largest in the United States. The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is the largest metropolitan area in the South and fourth-largest metropolitan area in the United States...

  • Josh Rosenthal (singer/songwriter)
    Josh Rosenthal (singer/songwriter)
    Josh Rosenthal is an American singer-songwriter based in Salt Lake City, Utah. He sings about reconciliation after his parents' divorce, general relationship hardshipsm and his affection for Salt Lake City. His song "Gotta Get Out" is about Lubbock, Texas...

    , singer/songwriter. He was born in Brownwood, but moved on to Benbrook, Texas
    Benbrook, Texas
    Benbrook is a city located in the southwestern corner of Tarrant County, Texas, in Texas's 12th congressional district, and a suburb of Fort Worth...

     for elementary school, then Lubbock, Texas
    Lubbock, Texas
    Lubbock is a city in and the county seat of Lubbock County, Texas, United States. The city is located in the northwestern part of the state, a region known historically as the Llano Estacado, and the home of Texas Tech University and Lubbock Christian University...

     for jr. high and high school.
  • Robert E. Howard
    Robert E. Howard
    Robert Ervin Howard was an American author who wrote pulp fiction in a diverse range of genres. Best known for his character Conan the Barbarian, he is regarded as the father of the sword and sorcery subgenre....

    , the creator of Conan the Barbarian
    Conan the Barbarian
    Conan the Barbarian is a fictional sword and sorcery hero that originated in pulp fiction magazines and has since been adapted to books, comics, several films , television programs, video games, roleplaying games and other media...

    , attended Howard Payne and is buried in Greenleaf Memorial Cemetery in Brownwood.
  • Shelby Miller
    Shelby Miller
    Shelby Charles Miller is a pitcher in the St. Louis Cardinals organization. He is considered one of the top 10 prospects in baseball.-Professional career:Miller was drafted by the St...

     drafted in the first round of the 2009 MLB draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. Led the 2009 Brownwood High School baseball team to the Regional finals.
  • Jim Morris
    Jim Morris
    James "Jimmy" Samuel Morris, JR is a former American professional baseball player known for his brief Major League Baseball career....

     started a brief professional baseball career at the age of thirty-five; the 2002 film
    A film, also called a movie or motion picture, is a series of still or moving images. It is produced by recording photographic images with cameras, or by creating images using animation techniques or visual effects...

     The Rookie starring Dennis Quaid
    Dennis Quaid
    Dennis William Quaid is an American actor known for his comedic and dramatic roles. First gaining widespread attention in the 1980s, his career rebounded in the 1990s after he overcame an addiction to drugs and an eating disorder...

    , is based on Morris' life.
  • Paul and Paula, or Ray Hildebrand and Jill Jackson, attended Howard Payne University in 1962. Their song "Hey Paula" was presented on a local radio
    Radio is the transmission of signals through free space by modulation of electromagnetic waves with frequencies below those of visible light. Electromagnetic radiation travels by means of oscillating electromagnetic fields that pass through the air and the vacuum of space...

     station as part of an American Cancer Society
    American Cancer Society
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  • George M. Shelton
    George M. Shelton
    George Matthew Shelton was an Private in the United States Army and a Medal of Honor recipient for his actions in the Philippine-American War.-Medal of Honor citation:...

    , Medal of Honor
    Medal of Honor
    The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States government. It is bestowed by the President, in the name of Congress, upon members of the United States Armed Forces who distinguish themselves through "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his or her...

  • John Paul Stapp, M.D.
    Doctor of Medicine
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    , Ph.D.
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    , United States Air Force
    United States Air Force
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    Colonel , abbreviated Col or COL, is a military rank of a senior commissioned officer. It or a corresponding rank exists in most armies and in many air forces; the naval equivalent rank is generally "Captain". It is also used in some police forces and other paramilitary rank structures...

    , was a pioneer in studying the effects of acceleration and deceleration forces on human beings. In his experimentation, he was subjected to 46.2 times the force of gravity. He was one of the principal advocates of automotive seat belts. His preliminary education was obtained at the Brownwood High School and San Marcos Academy in San Marcos
    San Marcos, Texas
    San Marcos is a city in the U.S. state of Texas, and is the seat of Hays County. Located within the metropolitan area, the city is located on the Interstate 35 corridor—between Austin and San Antonio....

    , Texas.
  • Glenn Strange
    Glenn Strange
    Glenn Strange was an American actor who appeared mostly in Western films. He is best known for playing the Frankenstein Monster in three Universal films during the 1940s and for his role as Sam Noonan, the bartender on CBS's Gunsmoke television series...

    , who played Sam, the Bartender in CBS's Gunsmoke
    Gunsmoke is an American radio and television Western drama series created by director Norman MacDonnell and writer John Meston. The stories take place in and around Dodge City, Kansas, during the settlement of the American West....

    from 1961 until his death in 1973, grew up in Brown County near Cross Cut. He also played Frankenstein's Monster
    Frankenstein's monster
    Frankenstein's monster is a fictional character that first appeared in Mary Shelley's novel, Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus. The creature is often erroneously referred to as "Frankenstein", but in the novel the creature has no name...

     in the final three Universal Studios
    Universal Studios
    Universal Pictures , a subsidiary of NBCUniversal, is one of the six major movie studios....

     Frankenstein films in the 1940s.
  • Madylin Sweeten
    Madylin Sweeten
    Madylin Anne Michele Sweeten is an American actress.Sweeten was born in Brownwood, Texas, to Timothy Lynn Sweeten and Elizabeth Anne Millsap. She is perhaps best known for playing the role of Ally Barone on the CBS television sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond from 1996–2005...

    , Sawyer Sweeten, and Sullivan Sweeten, who played the Barone children on the television sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond
    Everybody Loves Raymond
    Everybody Loves Raymond is an American television sitcom that originally ran on CBS from September 13, 1996, to May 16, 2005. Many of the situations from the show are based on the real-life experiences of lead actor Ray Romano, creator/producer Phil Rosenthal and the show's writing staff...

  • Alexis Texas
    Alexis Texas
    Alexis Texas is an American pornographic model and adult film actress. She began her career in pornography in 2007 at the age of 21.-Biography:...

    , American pornographic actress 2007-present.
  • Jim Thomason
    Jim Thomason
    James Neal “Jim” Thomason is a former American football halfback. The Brownwood, Texas native was part of the 1939 national championship team of Texas A&M University. He was selected 5th overall by the Detroit Lions in the 1941 NFL Draft.- External links :...

    , was a former American football halfback, part of the 1939 national championship team of Texas A&M University, selected 5th overall by the Detroit Lions in the 1941 NFL Draft.
  • Clint Walker
    Clint Walker
    Norman Eugene Walker, known as Clint Walker , is an American actor best known for his cowboy role as "Cheyenne Bodie" in the TV Western series, Cheyenne.-Life and career:...

    , star of the 1950s Western
    Western (genre)
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     television series Cheyenne
    Cheyenne (TV series)
    Cheyenne is a western television series of 108 black-and-white episodes broadcast on ABC from 1955 to 1963. The show was the first hour-long western, and in fact the first hour-long dramatic series of any kind, with continuing characters, to last more than one season...

    on ABC
    American Broadcasting Company
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     lived briefly in Brownwood prior to launching his acting career.
  • Walt Williams
    Walt Williams (baseball)
    Walter Allen Williams is a former American professional baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball as an outfielder for the Houston Colt .45s , Chicago White Sox , Cleveland Indians , and the New York Yankees .-Early life:Williams was nicknamed No-Neck due to his relatively short stature...

    , a major league baseball
    Major League Baseball
    Major League Baseball is the highest level of professional baseball in the United States and Canada, consisting of teams that play in the National League and the American League...

     player from to .
  • Phil Wilson
    Phil Wilson (Texas politician)
    Samuel Philip "Phil" Wilson is the former Texas Secretary of State, the state's chief elections officer. He was appointed effective July 1, 2007, by Republican Governor Rick Perry. Wilson was the 106th person to hold the position and the fifth individual to have served since Perry assumed the...

    , who grew up in Brownwood was appointed by Governor
    A governor is a governing official, usually the executive of a non-sovereign level of government, ranking under the head of state...

     Rick Perry
    Rick Perry
    James Richard "Rick" Perry is the 47th and current Governor of Texas. A Republican, Perry was elected Lieutenant Governor of Texas in 1998 and assumed the governorship in December 2000 when then-governor George W. Bush resigned to become President of the United States. Perry was elected to full...

     as the 106th Texas secretary of state effective. 2007–2008.
  • Drew Womack, country music singer/songwriter. 1997 Top 10 hit with the band Sons of the Desert (band)
    Sons of the Desert (band)
    Sons of the Desert was an American country music band founded in 1989 in Waco, Texas by brothers Drew Womack and Tim Womack , along with Scott Saunders , Doug Virden and Brian Westrum...

    , "Whatever Comes First".
  • Tres Womack, Award winning Texas music singer/songwriter. Winner: Song of the Year "Gather Round" 2008 Texas Music Awards, also nominated for Album of the Year honors for "Freak Show". Oldest brother of Drew Womack. Graduate and former Head Baseball Coach for Howard Payne University. Nephew of former Howard Payne University President Guy Newman.
  • Gordon Wood
    Gordon Wood
    Gordon Wood may refer to:* Gordon S. Wood , American historian* Gordon Wood , high school football coach in Texas* Gordon Wood , Australian...

    , Wood set a state and national record with a total of 396 wins, 91 losses, and 15 ties in 43 seasons as a head Texas high school football coach, an 80% winning record. He won seven State Championships at Brownwood in 1960, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1978, and 1981. On top of that he either won or shared 25 district titles. Inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame
    Texas Sports Hall of Fame
    The Texas Sports Hall of Fame recognizes athletes, coaches, and administrators who have made "lasting fame and honor to Texas sports". It was established in 1951 by the Texas Sports Writers Association. Once it made its first induction in 1951, Texas became the first U.S...

  • Doug Young (powerlifter)
    Doug Young (powerlifter)
    Doug Young was a national and world powerlifting champion multiple times throughout his career while competing in the 242 lb. and 275 lb. weight classes. Doug won his third world championship title at the 1977 IPF world championships. He posted a 1,956 pound total Doug Young(August 21,...

    , 3-Time World Champion Powerlifter from the 1970s. Viewed by some as the greatest ever exponent of the sport in the days before modern equipped lifting. National and World Champion titles in 1975, 1976 and 1977.
  • Dave Mitchell
    Dave Mitchell
    James David Mitchell better known as "Dave Mitchell" is an American radio personality, producer, engineer, voice-over artist and former broadcast executive who has appeared on over 100 radio stations in Texas, Mississippi, Florida, North Carolina, and South Carolina, and on Sirius Satellite Radio...

     Miami, Florida, radio personality was a resident from 1973 to 1975, attending Howard Payne University and hosting morning radio programs on Brownwood stations KBWD
    KBWD is a radio station licensed to serve Brownwood, Texas, USA. KBWD was launched in 1941 as the first radio station in Brownwood. The station is currently owned by the Brown County Broadcasting Company....

     and KEAN.
  • Bob Young
    Bob Young
    Robert "Bob" Young is an entrepreneur who made a great deal of money from Red Hat software. He was born in Ancaster, Ontario, Canada. He attended Trinity College School in Port Hope, Ontario. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Victoria College at the University of Toronto.He created the ACC...

     American football offensive guard who played 16 seasons in the National Football League. Also, competed in the inauguaral World's Strongest Man contest in 1977, finishing second to weightlifter Bruce Wilhelm.

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