This Week in Brazos County History

City of College Station's 75th AnniversaryNOTE: 2013 marks the City of College Station’s 75th year as an incorporated city. In recognition, we’ve highlighted some interesting moments from our past.

The following message was authored by Henry Mayo, a surveyor and long-time resident of the Bryan-College Station area. As a surveyor and historian, Henry retrieves information from local, state and national resources to assemble history-themed messages for email subscribers in a series titled “This Week in Brazos County History.” To subscribe to Henry’s email series, click here.

(June 2, 1938)

Petition for CS incorporation

In continuation of College Station’s 75th anniversary timeline, we have come to the anniversary of when the petition for incorporation was presented to Brazos County Judge John M. Ferguson. After the 165 signatures were received from residents of the A&M campus and surrounding area, it would be up to the judge to set a date for citizens to vote on the issue of incorporation.

This historic 14-page document can be viewed and downloaded from the city’s online library database at

If you read carefully, you’ll notice a description of proposed city limits naming landmarks which are long gone and mostly forgotten. Examples include “Boyett Service Station,” “Zoo lake,” the “Interlocking Tower,” “Project Houses,” and my favorite “Blue Top Tourist Camp site.”

After his own careful reading of the petition document, Judge Ferguson set Otober 19, 1938, as the date for election – the last step for incorporation.

Have a great week,

Henry Mayo
Henry Mayo
Surveyor and Historian | email

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