Navasota is first known as Hollandale for Francis Holland who bought the area in 1822. The site was located near the spot where the La Bahia Road crossed the Navasota River. Hence the name of the town changed to Navasota in 1854. The area was an important shipping and marketing center for the surrounding towns. Cotton, gunpowder and guns were stored there during the Civil War. In the mid-1860s, the town suffered a series of disasters that depleted the population. In 1952 local businessmen began to organize the Navasota Industrial Foundation. In 1980 Navasota was one of five Texas cities selected for the National Main Street program sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
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