College Station is a city in Brazos County, Texas, situated in East-Central Texas in the heart of the Brazos Valley, in the center of the region known as Texas Triangle. College Station is home to the main campus of Texas A&M University, the flagship institution of the Texas A&M University System. The city owes both its name and existence to the university’s location along a railroad.
The origins of College Station date from 1860, when the Houston and Texas Central Railway began to build through the region. In 1930, the community to the north of College Station, known as North Oakwood, was incorporated as part of Bryan. The city grew under the leadership of Ernest Langford, called by some the “Father of College Station”, who began a 26-year stretch as mayor in 1942.