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Brewster County, Texas

US county information
NameBrewster County
US Area
Total Area6193 sq mi (16039.9 km2)
Land Area6193 sq mi (16039.9 km2)
Population9481 (2009)
Density0.5/km2 (1.4/sq mi)

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Brewster County is a county located in western part of the US state of Texas, along the border with Mexico. It is one of the nine counties that comprise the Trans-Pecos region of West Texas. As of the 2000 census, the population is 8,866. In 2009, the population was estimated to be 9,481. Its county seat and only city is Alpine. It is the largest county in Texas in land area.

U.S. Highway 90 crosses the county in the north; U.S. Highway 385 enters Brewster County from the northeast and proceeds south to the county's main attraction, Big Bend National Park, part of the Big Bend. The Sunset Route of the Union Pacific Railroad crosses northern parts of the county, and a recently revived portion of the Kansas City, Mexico and Orient Railway traverses the county en route to Presidio.

Brewster County is named for Colonel Henry Percy Brewster, a Secretary of War for the Republic of Texas. During the American Civil War, Brewster served on the staffs of the two highest ranking Texans in the Confederate Army, General Albert S. Johnston and General John B. Hood.

The county is the largest in the state, over three times the size of the state of Delaware, and more than 500 sqmi (1295 km2) bigger than Connecticut.

Oilman, geologist, and historian Clayton Wheat Williams, Sr., operated a ranch near Alpine in Brewster County though his residence was in Fort Stockton.

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