We drove to Navasota today to walk. It was 77 when we started walking and 88 when we finished. Not bad for August in Texas. We registered at the Filling Station Diner and Cafe on Washington Ave and headed out with a set of directions.
The walk looped back past the where we started. We ate lunch there when we finished the walk.
René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, (1643–1687) was a French explorer who claimed many areas on the North American continent for France. He navigated the Mississippi River from the Ohio Valley to the Gulf of Mexico in 1682. He returned to France to receive a royal commission to establish a French empire in the Southwest. La Salle left France in 1684 and sailed west, searching again for the mouth of the Mississippi River. He missed the Mississippi by 400 miles and landed on the Texas coast in Matagorda Bay in 1685. This determined Frenchman built a wooden stockade, hoisted the fleur-de-lis and established Fort San Louis. The settlement lasted only a few years. La Salle died while exploring Texas by land. He was killed in an ambush by his own men near what is now the town of Navasota.
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Navasota was also home to the famous Blues Singer, Mance Lipscomb (1895-1976). He 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. Lipscomb changed his given name, Bowdie Glenn, to Mance when a friend, an old man called Emancipation, passed away. Lipscomb was born into a musical family and began playing at an early age. His father was a fiddler, his uncle played the banjo, and his brothers were guitarists. His mother bought him a guitar when he was eleven, and he was soon accompanying his father, and later entertaining alone, at suppers and Saturday night dances. He was working as foreman of a highway-mowing crew in Grimes County when blues researchers Chris Strachwitz of Arhoolie Records and Mack McCormick of Houston found and recorded him in 1960. His encounter with Strachwitz and McCormick marked the beginning of over a decade of involvement in the folk-song revival, during which Lipscomb won wide acclaim for his virtuosity as a guitarist and the breadth of his repertoire. Admirers enjoyed his lengthy reminiscences and eloquent observations regarding music and life, many of which are contained in taped and written materials in the Mance Lipscomb-Glenn Myers Collection in the archives and manuscripts section of the Barker Texas History Center at the University of Texas at Austin. He made numerous recordings and appeared at such festivals as the Berkeley Folk Festival of 1961, where he played before a crowd of more than 40,000. In clubs Lipscomb often shared the bill with young revivalists or rock bands. He was also the subject of a film, A Well-Spent Life (1970), made by Les Blank. Despite his popularity, however, he remained poor. After 1974 declining health confined him to a nursing home and hospitals. He died in Grimes Memorial Hospital, Navasota, on January 30, 1976, and was buried at Rest Haven Cemetery.