General.. The population is 17,825 and the Altitude is 31
County seat of Brazoria County on the coastal plain. Easily accessible to the Gulf; center for banking, oil, gas, chemical processing, farming, and livestock.
BRAZORIA COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM - History museum offers exhibits from 1800ís to present: American Indian exhibits, authentic plantation bedroom, and Austin Colony exhibit. Open Tues. - Fri. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. In old 1897 courthouse, 100 East Cedar Street 409-849-5711, Extension 1208.
BRAZORIA NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE -Refuge on more than 42,000 acres on Gulf Intracoastal Waterway; nesting area for mottled ducks and ancestral wintering grounds of snow geese. Freeport Christmas Bird Count always one of highest in the nation; since the area was established in 1966, 247 bird species identified here. Access by boat for fishing, crabbing, oystering (permitted in public waters), and waterfowl hunting in specified areas. Six-mile self-guided auto tour and hiking trail. Open first full weekend of every month. Before visiting, contact refuge headquarters in Angleton at 112 North Velasco; write P.O. Drawer 1088, Angleton, Texas 77516; phone 409-849-6062.
SAN BERNARD NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE - Snow and blue geese winter in 24,000 acre refuge between Cedar lake Creek and San Bernard River on the Intracoastal Waterway; herons, egrets, and this found on marsh ponds, shorebirds, gulls, terns on mud flats, and mottled ducks nest in area. Bird list for refuge contains nearly 250 species. For information about access, hunting, and fishing, contact headquarters at Brazoria Wildlife Refuge. Open daily, sunrise to sunset.