Foundations of
the Future

State of the City 2021

Bryan didn’t become a success story overnight. It took years of work, innovation, leadership and patience. The foundations which began more than 150 years ago have paid off in ways that past generations couldn’t have imagined.

But time doesn’t stop. Bryan’s history continues to be written day-after-day, year-after-year. As we look at some of these historic foundations, we are reminded that what we do today in Bryan is laying a new foundation for the generations of the future.


2021 State of the City video

Working together, we make Bryan’s history

We’ve seen historic events unfold in the past couple of years. The lingering cloud of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect our community. But the challenges created by the pandemic have also required us to innovate and grow as we do the city’s work.

See how each city department contributed to Bryan’s history and future through their achievements in Fiscal Year 2021.


2021 State of the City individual department reports
  • astin parker house 1904
  • BTU workers monitoring gauges in the 1980s or 1990s.
  • Late 1940s: Bryan City Council meeting
  • Harvey Mitchell's Last Will and Testament - July 6, 1899. - page 1
  • Early Bryan circa 1870
  • Eagle article in 1927 about August Andersson coming to Bryan to purchase a farm from Brooklyn N.Y.
  • Bryan Boosters -- merchants line up for a "Trade Trip" to the Brazos County river bottom in the late 1920s or early 1930s. Merchants carried wares and distributed handbills and promotional items on such trips.
  • 1939 Photo of Coulter Airfield showing Andrew G. Andersson with a single-engine plane and a hangar in the background.
  • Howell Lumber Co. Agricultural Fair in 1925
  • Bryan utilities workers and city leaders in the Ice House in the 1920s.
  • 1935: Bryan Fire Department
  • Bankers conducting business near one of the vaults at a bank on Main Street in Bryan.
  • automobiles in the 1920s in Bryan.
  • current Bryan city hall / municipal office building construction circa 1987.
  • downtown bryan grid street map before the streets were numbered.
  • carnegie library early 1900s
  • Bryan Municipal Building in the 1930s.
  • Picnic in the early 1900s.
  • Bryan Country Club swimming pool.
  • City of Bryan map illustration from 1915. Digital image from City Development services department that has been stylized.
  • Bryan Police Officer Howard Lee in 1933
  • old telephone switchboard with plugs, switches and dial.
  • Eagle article - city hall burns - Feb. 20, 1909
  • Solid Waste workers collecting trash in the 1980s or 1990s.
  • Dirt road in Bryan circa 1940s or 1950s.
  • 1910s downtown bryan
  • City of Bryan workers replace a sewer line in the late 2000s.
  • The Bryan water tower looms over downtown in the early 1960s.