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Brownwood, Texas

Posted by graywacke on December 13, 2015

First timer?  In this formerly once-a-day blog (and now pretty much a once-every-three-or-four days blog), I have my computer select a random latitude and longitude that puts me somewhere in the continental United States (the lower 48).  I call this “landing.”  I keep track of the watersheds I land in, as well as the town I land near.  I do some internet research to hopefully find something of interest about my landing location.  To find out more about A Landing A Day (like who “Dan” is) please see “About Landin above.

Landing number 2232; A Landing A Day blog post number 660.

Dan: .AYKM*????  After just 16 landings with my new random lat/long landing procedure, I have now landed five times in one state.  The state, of course, is . . . TX.  My Score remains stalled at 1419 (instead of going down as it would if I landed in a new state!).

            * Are You Kidding Me?

Anyway, here’s my regional landing map:

landing 1

And my local landing map:

landing 2

Here’s my local streams-only map:

landing 3a

As you can see, I landed in the watershed of Steppes Creek (which, oddly, was labeled on the map even though the stream course was nowhere to be seen; thus my hand-drawn approximation).  Steppes Creek makes its way to Pecan Bayou (2nd hit). 

Zooming back a little, you can see that the Pecan Bayou discharges to the Colorado River (26th hit; not to be confused with THE Colorado River):

landing 3b

Zooming back even further, here’s the entirety of the not-so-mighty Colorado:

landing 3c

It’s time for my Google Earth (GE) spaceflight in to central TX.  Click HERE, then hit the “back” button.

Here’s a map showing GE Street View coverage:

ge sv landing map

And this is what the orange dude sees:

ge sv landing

And while I’m at it, here’s a map showing Street View coverage of Steppes Ck:

ge sv steppes ck map

And here, in all its glory, is Steppes Creek:

ge steppes creek

So how about Brownwood?  Well, I see that one Bob Denver was raised in Brownwood and graduated from Brownwood HS.  Time for a nostalgic trip back to Gilligan’s Island (1964 – 1967, when I was 14 – 17 years old, a perfect age for the show).


I then perused Texas Escapes’ webpage on Brownwood, and found this story (from which I extracted excerpts — or was it from which I excerpted extracts?).  It is worth the read . . . 

The Boy With Two Tombstones; or

Iraan’s Little Boy Lost

by Mike Cox

A broken piece of sandstone can’t tell a story, but Edna (Snooks) Collett sure can.

Collett is curator of the museum in the town of Iraan.

Iraan certainly caught my eye.  One of my recent TX posts featured Iraan!  Back to TexasEscapes . . .

In early May 2003, Collett got a telephone call about a flat stone in residential flower garden bed that appeared to be a tombstone.  Here’s the inscription:

Ellis…Son of [missing] Born March 3, 1870 – Died Nov. 28, 1872.

Not only was it odd to discover a tombstone in a flower bed, the dates it bore presented a mystery on top of a mystery: Iraan’s history as a town dates only back to 1926 with the beginning of the oil boom. In 1872, that part of Pecos County was nothing but unsettled, open country.

Collett got the Iraan Archeological Society to excavate the flower bed. But a thorough search revealed nothing else (certainly no evidence of a grave).

The incident moved Collett to verse. Here’s the poem she wrote for the Iraan News not long after the stone was found (written from the perspective of the little boy):

“Mother, dear Mother, please don’t weep
And search for the tombstone
Of your little lost sheep
Kind strangers have found it
After all the long years
So search no more, Mother,
And no more tears,
May your spirit find rest now,
Look no more for my stone.
God knows where I’m sleeping
And He’ll take me home.”

In 2008, Collett got a call from William Perhealth, a minister from Andrews who’s interested in genealogy. He said he thought he could determine the identity of “Little Boy Lost.”

“I thought, ‘Sure you can,’” she said, “but sure enough, he did.”

Online, Perhealth found that an Isreal Ellis Clements, born March 3, 1870 in Brown County to Israel and Harriet C. Anderson Clements, died on Nov. 28, 1872 and is buried in the Roberts Cemetery north of Brownwood.  Perhealth checked the cemetery and discovered that the child indeed still has a tombstone bearing that information.

That, of course, brought on the next mystery: If the little boy has one tombstone, why did he need another? And why was it more than 200 miles from Brown County?

“His mother was an Anderson, and they had a ranch in Pecos County,” Collett begins with her theory. “The Iraan tombstone is similar to the ones found in the cemetery at Fort Stockton (in Pecos County), which was in operation in 1872. She must have ordered a tombstone from Fort Stockton, but for some reason it never got to Brown County. I think the wagon carrying it got this far and something happened – the tombstone fell out and broke or the wagon was loaded too heavy and they had to toss it out.”

That, she continued with her thesis, probably happened at the Pecos River crossing.

Another familiar ALAD reference:  In another one of my recent TX posts, I wrote about the difficulties in crossing the Pecos (i.e., steep banks and quick sand).

Sometime later, someone must have found the tombstone near the river and carried it to Iraan either as a curiosity or a garden stepping stone.

While the actual circumstances will likely never been known, Collett is content in knowing that the Little Lost Boy got found.

Time to close with a Panoramio shot; this one taken by Joe Gordon of a sunset over Brownwood Lake (about 7 miles NW of Brownwood).



That’ll do it . . .




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