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College Station, Texas Facts:
- County: Brazos
- Coverage Area (Total): 40.34 sq. miles
- Elevation: 338 ft.
- Population: 96,921
- Cities/Towns covered in local Names and Numbers Phone Book: Anderson, Brenham, Bryan, Burton, Caldwell, Calvert, College Station, Deanville, Franklin, Hearne, Hilltop Lakes, Iola, Kurten, Madisonville, Millican, Navasota, Normangee, North Zulch, Plantersville, Richards, Shiro, Snook, Somerville, Tunis, Washington
College Station's origins go back to 1860 with the introduction of the Houston and Texas Central Railway to the region. Texas A&M College (known today as Texas A&M University) opened in 1876 as the first public institution of higher learning in the state of Texas. And, the arrival of the International-Great Northern Railroad in 1900 helped improve transportation efforts and grow the city's population.
Efforts to bring together the populations of College Station and the neighboring city of Bryan occurred in 1910, when an electric railway service was established between Texas A&M and Bryan. College Station was officially incorporated in 1938 and the city saw some of its most substantial growth under the leadership of Ernest Langford (referred to as "Father of College Station"). Langford served as mayor for 26 years beginning in 1942. In the 1990s, the city and Texas A&M University drew national attention when the George Bush Presidential Library opened in 1997. And, Money magazine named College Station as the most educated city in Texas (11th most educated in the nation) in 2006.
College Station maintains a variety of attractions including: