NAME: Washington-on-the-Brazos
COUNTY: Washington
CLIMATE: mild winter, hot summer
BEST TIME TO VISIT: spring & fall
COMMENTS: How could you have a Ghost Town Site without including the grand-daddy of 'em all, Washington on the Brazos? True, it is a state park, but it is the best documented and laid out ghost town. Aside from the reconstruction of the hall where the Texas Declaration of Independence was signed (guided tour available), the old streets of the once-thriving but now mostly vanished city are marked. Standing on the main street, you can see outside of the park to where the main road linked up, leading to the old ford of the Brazos River. There is an excellent museum and visitor center, as well as a snack bar (that I have never seen open) and a gift shop. Go there any time of the year and you'll have almost the whole place to yourself! Beautiful views of the Brazos, particularly in the fall, and the tall, old pecan trees are lovely. There is still a city of Washington outside the park, with a post office and one or two other buildings. This park should be visited by all true Texans. Fees apply.
REMAINS: Streets, foundations, reconstruction of Independence Hall.
Once a thriving town, meant to be a capital of Texas, with hotels, saloons, and all varieties of business and residences, now vanished and gone. The former reconstructed farm & residence of Anson Jones, last President of the Republic, is adjacent to the park. Submitted by: K. Brady

The Visitor Center
Courtesy Speedy and Bobbye Drake

Courtesy Speedy and Bobbye Drake

Town Hall
Courtesy Speedy and Bobbye Drake

Brazos River
Courtesy Speedy and Bobbye Drake