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Brooks County is a county located in the state of Texas. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 7,223. Its county seat is Falfurrias. The county is named for James Abijah Brooks, a Texas Ranger and legislator.
John Abijah Brooks, a Texas Ranger and legislator
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
Formed from Hidalgo, Starr and Zapata counties, created March 11, 1911; organized September 2, 1911. Its county seat is Falfurrias. Named in honor of James Abijah Brooks, Captain of Texas Rangers, 1882-1906, member of Texas Legislature, County Judge, Brooks County since 1911.
The Brooks County courthouse was designed by Alfred Giles, the British-born architect who had established a practice in San Antonio and eventually designed eleven Texas courthouses, seven of which survive today.
Handbook of Texas Online
After Texas independence the area was made part of San Patricio County. In 1846 San Patricio County was divided to form Nueces County, which in 1848 was divided to form Cameron, Webb, and Starr counties; from the latter two counties Brooks County was later formed. More at
Alicia A. Garza, "BROOKS COUNTY," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcb16), accessed January 23, 2016. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 944 square miles (2,444 km2), of which, 943
square miles (2,443 km2) of it is land and 0 square miles (1 km2) of it (0.03%) is water.
Bordering counties are as follows: