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Brenham is the seat of Washington County. It is home to more than 120 historic sites and markers, including many from the Texas Revolution era. Its predominantly German population began settling here in the 1840s. Bluebonnets and other wildflowers bloom in profusion in March and April. The Convention and Visitors Bureau provides a free "Bluebonnet Trails" map outlining the most scenic routes. Brenham is a National Main Street City, and it features a variety of shopping opportunities, like the Antique Rose Emporium, a nursery specializing in roses for more than 30 years. The area has more than 40 bed-and-breakfast inns. Brenham lies halfway between Houston and Austin on U.S. 290 and on Texas 36, which is a segment of the Ports-to-Plains Highway connecting the state's heartland to coastal ports.

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