Texas stretches for miles, but there's one place that the stars truly are brighter and the folks encompass everything there is to love about Texas. And that's deep in the Heart of Texas. A place where you can reconnect with the simple pleasures of life.
Geographical Center of Texas
When you’re in Brady, you’ve got to trip 20 miles north on 377 to find the Geographic Center of Texas. While the true center is on private land, there’s an awesome public marker on the Highway. Stop by and feel how Texan and magical it is to be standing right in the center of the best state in the world.
The old jail in the heart of the city is a great place to learn about Brady. Wander through the old cells and see the exhibits on famous folks in town. Then head next door to the Curtis Field Control Tower, where over 10,000 pilots were trained for combat. It’s an amazing tribute to the men and women who served.
It’s only fitting that at the center of Texas there would be a country music museum with personal items from over 125 country music stars, from Bob Wills’ fiddle to Merle Haggard’s shirt. Outside, pretend you’re a rockstar by stepping into Jim Reeves’ tour bus “Big Blue.”
This ain’t like any antique shop you’ve ever seen. It’s a great collection of odd goods collected over the years, like a “cabinet of curiosities.” Items for sale include prosthetic eyes, jars of baby doll parts, weird creepy puppets, taxidermy blow-fish. It’s a must-see for sure.
This is the site of one of the deadliest massacres in Texas history, when in the 1850s, a group of Indians massacred a caravan of settlers. It’s rumored to be haunted by the lost settlers, and people claim to hear the beating of Indian drums and screams at night.
You can’t talk Brady without talking about the World Championship BBQ Goat Cook-Off, and you might even say that smoked goat is a delicacy in this town. Stop into Mac’s where they serve up goat on special occasions, and get it in a platter with moist brisket and tasty sausage links.
Jacoby’s in nearby Melvin gives a new meaning to the term “Feed Store.” With giant steak dinners, homemade strawberry cake and that cozy hometown feeling, it’s everything you love about a small town cafe. If you’re hankering for some really good and flavorful meat, I suggest you get the Steak “Kansas City Style.”