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Navasota, Texas

Posted by graywacke on July 6, 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 and what the various numbers and abbreviations mean in the first paragraph), please see “About Landing,” (and “Abbreviations” and “Cryptic Numbers”) above.

Landing number 2194; A Landing A Day blog post number 622.

Dan:  I’m on a roll with another USer (and my Score back below 150 where it belongs), thanks to this landing in . . . TX; 160/192; 6/10; 2; 149.8.

My regional landing map:

 landing 1

My local landing map:

 landing 2

As you can see, I landed right next to the Brazos River (30th hit).  Here’s my streams-only map:

 landing 3a

Stepping back, you can follow the course of the Brazos through Texas:

 landing 3b

I’ll jump right to my Google Earth (GE) spaceflight in:


I landed next to a major road with GE Street View (SV):

 GE orange dude landing

The orange dude sees nothing but woods which are hiding my landing spot:

 GE SV landing

Here’s one of those silly little GE SV issues that I’ve run across before.  The area is pleasantly green around my landing (not looking like the more arid parts of Texas), and I was backing down the road with Street View to check out the surroundings.  I end up at this location:

 GE orange dude winter summer

There I noticed something.  Here’s an expected lovely green picture, looking up the road towards my landing:

 GE SV summer

Backing up one nudge of the scroll wheel on my mouse, and here’s what I saw (from essentially the same location):

 GE SV winter

And for the record, one additional nudge of the scroll wheel, and it’s back to summer . . .

Staying with GE SV, I put the orange dude on a bridge over the Brazos just upstream from my landing:

 GE orange dude brazos river

And here’s what he sees (looking upstream):

 GE SV brazos

So I landed very close to Washington, which looks like it ain’t much.  Well, actually, it is much; very much, as it turns out.  From Wiki (under “Washington-on-the-Brazos”):

Washington-on-the-Brazos (also known as Washington) is known as “the birthplace of Texas” because it was here that, on March 1, 1836, Texas delegates met to formally announce Texas’ intention to separate from Mexico (signing the Texas Declaration of Independence) and to draft the constitution of the new Republic of Texas. The name “Washington-on-the-Brazos” was used to distinguish the settlement from “Washington-on-the-Potomac.”

The delegates declared independence on March 2, 1836. Their constitution was adopted on March 16. The delegates worked until March 17, when they had to flee, along with the people of Washington, to escape the advancing Mexican Army.

The townspeople returned after the Mexican Army was defeated at San Jacinto on April 21. Town leaders lobbied for Washington’s designation as the permanent capital of the Republic of Texas, but leaders of the Republic passed over Washington in favor of Waterloo, which later was renamed Austin.

Washington County was created by the legislature of the Republic of Texas in 1836 and organized in 1837 and Washington-on-the-Brazos became the county seat. Although the county seat moved to Brenham in 1844, the town continued to thrive as a center for the cotton trade until the mid-1850s, when the railroad bypassed it. The strife of the Civil War took another toll on the town, and by the turn of the 20th century it was virtually abandoned.

In 1916, the State of Texas bought up 50 acres of the former town site and built a replica of “Independence Hall.”  There is currently a park and a museum at the site.

Time for a couple of GE Panoramio shots by Henry Scoggin.  First, his shot of the replica of “Independence Hall:”

 pano henry scoggin2

I suspect that this is an accurate replica; I can imagine that replica builders would be inclined (if anything) to upgrade the original a little (maybe add a little extra trim or something).  Anyway, with the same thought, here’s the interior:

 pano henry scoggin

Time to move on to Navasota.  From Wiki:

Navasota (pop 7,000) was founded in 1831 as the stagecoach stop (known as Nolansville). Its name was changed in 1858 to Navasota, a name perhaps derived from the Native American word nabatoto (“muddy water”).

In 2005, the Texas Legislature named Navasota “The Blues Capital of Texas,” in honor of the late Mance Lipscomb, a Navasota native and blues musician.

As all regular ALAD readers know, I have a penchant for old-school blues musicians, and here’s one I haven’t heard of or featured before.  Here’s some of what FamousTexans.com has to say:

Mance Lipscomb (1895-1976), guitarist and songster, was born to Charles and Jane Lipscomb on April 9, 1895, in the Brazos bottoms near Navasota, Texas, where he lived most of his life as a tenant farmer. His father was an Alabama slave who acquired the surname Lipscomb when he was sold to a Texas family of that name.

Lipscomb dropped his given name, Bowdie Glen, (from the French “Beau De Glen”) and named himself Mance when a friend, an old man called Emancipation, passed away. Lipscomb and Elnora, his wife of sixty-three years, had one son, Mance Jr., three adopted children, and twenty-four grandchildren.

And this, part of a review of his album “Texas Songster,” from Arhoolie.com:

When not farming in his hometown of Navasota, he assumed the role of local entertainer and songster, a versatile singer/musician who could handle a hardened blues just as easily as a soft children’s song. Although Lipscomb didn’t begin recording until he was nearly 65, he left behind a remarkably rich catalog of Texas blues before he died in 1976.

Country blues, that sparse, mostly raw and rootsy form directly linked to slave work songs and field hollers, were his specialty. Equipped with a voice that could convey a range of emotions, Lipscomb was also an impressive guitarist, as this anthology reveals. Most of the 22 songs on ‘Texas Songster’ are originals, the best being ‘Sugar Babe,’ an obscure ditty written by Lipscomb when he was a teen; ‘Ella Speed,’ a bluesy ballad that remains one of his better-known numbers; and ‘Bout a Spoonful,’ a clever song about sex.

Here’s the “Texas Songster” album cover:

 mance album cover

And here’s another shot, from PastBlues.com:

 Mance Lipscomb1

With this face, who could argue that the blues aren’t genuine?

Time for some You Tube videos, first this, from a documentary film called “A Life Well Spent,” by Les Blank.


 Here’s a live version of “Sugar Babe,” with the words below:


Sugar babe, I’m tired of you,
ain’t your honey but the way you do
Sugar babe, it’s all over now

All I want my babe to do,
make five dollars and give me two
Sugar babe, it’s all over now

Went downtown and bought me a rope
Whupped my baby till she Buzzard Lope*
Sugar babe, it’s all over now

Sugar babe, what’s the matter with you?
You don’t treat me like you used to do
Sugar babe, it’s all over now

Went to town and bought me a line
Whupped my baby till she changed her mind
Sugar babe, sugar babe, it’s all over now

Sugar babe, I’m tired of you
Ain’t your honey but the way you do
Sugar babe, it’s all over now

* a strutting dance step, performed solo
I’ll close with a couple of local Panoramio shots.  Here’s one by Bridgehunter Texas of a bridge over the Navasota River:

 pano Bridgehunting Texas

I wonder:   when was the last engineer’s inspection?

This is the heart of bluebonnet country.  I’ll close with a couple of lovely bluebonnet shots.  First this, by Ria Nichols, taken less than a mile southeast of my landing, along the Brazos:

 pano ria nicholas

I’ll close with this, by Anton Trötscher, taken at Washington-on-the-Brazos (with Prairie Phlox sharing the spotlight):

 pano anton trotscher

(Yo, Anton.  I hope you appreciate the extra effort I took to get the “ö” in your name.)

That’ll do it.




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