Before there was M. D. Anderson, there was...Yes, Navasota had a "sanitarium," at least that's what they called medical clinics in those days. Dr Hal Palmer was a Civil War-trained doctor who did treatments, without surgery, for cancer in the early 1900's. You can still see his name and signs on the old brick at the corner of McAlpine and Farquhar, in downtown Navasota.
First Dr. Palmer had a private sanitarium in Plantersville, but he moved around to find patients. He had clinics all over the state, but always seemed to land back in Grimes County. He started his enterprise in this building in 1907.
A river of Texas history, music, art and travel articles
Welcome to my "Stream of Consciousness," where I hope to give readers an artist's view of the local color and current issues of Navasota Texas, a place I have grown to love and have enjoyed for many years. Many legendary characters have made historic contributions to our incredible scrapbook, that all flow together into our story like so many streams feeding into the historic Navasota River Valley. You will find articles about Local History, Art, Navasota's Hall of Fame, our Music scene, some Political opinions, and a few original songs! So go ahead, and dip your toe into the Navasota Current!
A sixth generation Texan, landscape painter, sculptor, photographer, writer and historian, Russell Cushman shares his passion for the music, art and history of the Brazos Valley.
Russell has a blog about his art career, russellcushmanart.blogspot.com, and A great deal of his art can be viewed at his website, www.russellcushman.com.