Brewster County is so large that it can fit a couple of New England states inside it.

The area of Brewster County covers 6,192 square miles, which is three times bigger than the state of Delaware and about 500 square miles bigger than Connecticut.

That means two states in New England, Connecticut, and Rhode Island, could fit in Brewster County with only a few hundred square miles hanging over, but Connecticut and Delaware could fit inside Brewster County perfectly.

Brewster County was named for Colonel Henry Percy Brewster, the Secretary of War for the Republic of Texas, and includes the towns of Alpine (the county seat), Marathon, Terlingua, and Big Bend National Park.

Brewster County is the largest of the 254 counties in Texas but is not the largest county or county-equivalent in the nation. That honor would belong, of course, to Alaska with Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area measuring 147,842 square miles.

The largest of the lower 48 states would be San Bernadino County in California, with a total area of 20,105 square miles.

Even though Brewster is not the biggest in the nation, it is still a pretty big county and has a population of just under 10,000.

But it does have some good scenery if you drive through the county with mountains and valleys to travel across, and of course, it has Big Bend National Park, which gives you plenty of things to look at as you drive through or plenty of places to hike if that is your thing.

The best thing to go to in Brewster County, besides Big Bend National Park, is the Original Terlingua International Chili Cookoff held on the first Saturday in November.


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