Thursday, April 16, 2015

A to Z - Eye on Texas - N

Eye on Texas - N - visits Nacogdoches - one of the oldest towns in Texas. It claims life under nine flags, and there was a Spanish mission built in 1716. It is located in east Texas and has a lake of the same name.
 Stephen F. Austin University is located here. There is a restored historical train depot as well as other museums.
 random info - the city of 20,000 people is the largest producer of blueberries in Texas. It's known for its azaleas, and forested areas.
From Wikipedia - In 1912, the Marx Brothers came to town to perform their singing act at the old Opera House (now the SFA Cole Art Center). Their performance was interrupted by a man who came inside shouting, "Runaway mule!" Most of the audience left the building, apparently thinking a runaway mule would provide better entertainment. When they filed back in, Julius (later known as Groucho) began insulting them, saying "Nacogdoches is full of roaches!" and "The jackass is the flower of Tex-ass!"

Plenty of history to enjoy in the Nacogdoches area. And any town with a university such as Stephen F. Austin University has plenty of entertainment and restaurants. Enjoy!

Oh dear - what does the Countess on Downton Abbey have to say -
"Why would you want to go to a real school? You're not a doctor's daughter. "


  1. Hi Joanne .. fascinating snippets of information - and I do love the Marx brothers .. so that bit was fun - almost like a prop for them .. a runaway mule: but obviously wasn't in this case.

    Fascinating history too ... and I'd like to see the Railway museum ... and the University with its library etc .. cheers Hilary

  2. Marx brothers singing? "Runaway mule!" that sounds funny.

  3. Nvever been there. I lived outside Houston for a year after high school though.

    Stephen Tremp
    A to Z Cohost
    N is for Numerology

  4. Have you any idea what the name of the town means? It could almost be Spanish. Did the MArx brothers get run out of town on that rail?

  5. A runaway mule more entertaining than Groucho - that's funny.

  6. Thanks for taking us on an engaging and interesting trip to Nacogdoches, I like it's name and the 'Runaway Mule' is so funny :)
    Co-Host AJ's wHooligan for the A to Z Challenge 2015

  7. Funny stories about the Marx Brothers, and the runaway mule! Glad the Countess came back with another classic quip!


  8. Azaleas and blueberries are two of my favorite things! :) Sounds like a neat place.