The largest county in Texas, Brewster County’s area can be compared to be slightly less than Connecticut plus Rhode Island. The county was established and organized in 1887 and named after War Secretary, Henry P. Brewster. Alpine, its largest city, is serving as the county seat. Agriculture, mining, and tourism, as well as the establishment of Sul Ross State University, sustain the county's economy. National parks are teeming, especially with Brewster County being the home of the Big Bend National Park, the state’s largest park. Explore nature and take in the scenic views in the following state parks: Rio Grande Wild and Scenic Elephant Mountain Wildlife Management Area and Black Gap Wildlife Management Area. Other recreational activities to look forward to exploring ghost towns, museums, the cowboy poetry, and Western Art Show, and the Terlingua chili cookoff!