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Mustang, TX (Washington County)

Carole E. Christian General Entry

Mustang was an important trading post in southeastern Washington County, three or four miles east or northeast of Brenham; its exact location is unknown. By 1837 Mustang had grown from a trading post into a small community, one of the first in Washington County during the early period of Anglo-American settlement. This locality was named for Mabry B. (Mustang) Gray, who had worked in a store there before gaining renown as a Texas Ranger and frontier Indian fighter and later as the subject of a novel, Mustang Gray: A Romance (1858), by Jeremiah Clemens. In the early 1830s William B. Travis lived in Mustang while he served as a lawyer in the alcalde's court. The Mustang community, which had developed around the trading post by 1837, did not long survive due to the attraction of other growing communities. The exact cause of Mustang's eventual disappearance is unknown, but growth of the nearby Cedar Creek village may have hastened Mustang's decline. No remains of Mustang exist.

W. O. Dietrich, The Blazing Story of Washington County (Brenham, Texas: Banner Press, 1950; rev. ed., Wichita Falls: Nortex, 1973). Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin. Washington County Scrapbook, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.


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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Carole E. Christian, “Mustang, TX (Washington County),” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed June 14, 2021,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

February 9, 2019