Established with building of the MKT Railroad in the early 1880s
on rich alluvial land included in Stephen F. Austin's original
impresario grant. Agriculture is still prominent in the area
economy with rice, peanuts, soybeans, and cattle, plus oil and
gas. Brookshire lies on I-10, a segment of the Port to Plains
Highway connecting the state's heartland to coastal ports.
- LILYPONS WATER GARDENS - Aquatic nursery and water
gardening specialist with 13.5 acres of blooming water lilies,
lotus, and other aquatic plants. Over 20 ponds are on display
with koi up to 28" long and other exotic goldfish. Lotus
Blossom Festival (June) and Koi Festival (Sept.) feature champion
quality koi and arts and crafts. Open Mar. - Oct., daily 9:30
a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Nov. - Feb., Mon. - Sat. 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.;
just south of I-10 at 839 F.M. 1489. 713-391-0076.
- WALLER COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM - Housed in former
home, circa 1910, of Dr. Paul Donigan, turn-of-the-century Armenian-American
physician. Period furnishings in parlor, bedroom, dining room,
and kitchen. Exhibit rooms feature county history in artifacts,
documents, photos, and a series of historic wall paintings. Open
Wed., and Fri. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sat. from 9 a.m. to noon. At
5th and Cooper Streets; 713-934-2826.
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