History lost in act of vandalism

Rubble is all that remains of 160-year-old building stones (behind overturned pillar in foreground) after Old Nashville vandalism. Reporter/Mike Brown Rubble is all that remains of 160-year-old building stones (behind overturned pillar in foreground) after Old Nashville vandalism. Reporter/Mike Brown Vanda ls may have accomplished what 164 years of Texas weather could not.

The final authentic pieces of Old Nashville on the Brazos, a long-forgotten town that was once considered for the capital of the Republic of Texas, were heavily damaged at an unknown time last month at a tiny roadside park on US 79 just west of the Brazos River bridge.

The park contains two granite markers commemorating the town, which flourished from 1837 to 1845, and until last month also held a triangular structure constructed with the last remaining stones salvaged from the actual buildings of Old Nashville.

That marker was toppled by a vandal, or vandals, reducing most of those century-and-a-half stones to rubble.

The granite monument erected by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) in 1936 was also toppled. That monument did not break and is expected to be restored.

The jury is still out on whether any of the original building stones can be salvaged, local historian Joy Graham told The Reporter.

The vandalism incident is being investigated by the Milam County Sheriff’s Department.

Old Nashville was once the headquarters of Sterling C. Robertson’s original Texas colony.

Calls Sheriff David Greene said other calls for his department during the past seven days included:

March 2—Reck less dr iver, US 79; suspicious activity, CR 344 Loop, theft, CR 346; suspicious activity, FM 2269; warrant information, East Avenue A, town not identified; theft, CR 346; suspicious vehicle, Texas 36; suspicious person, south FM 908; assault, Buckholts; property theft, south FM 908.

March 3—Medical assist, CR 244; civil matter, Bartlett area; phone harassment, East 22nd, Cameron; suspicious vehicle, CR 242; found cattle, south Texas 36.

Thursday—CPS intake, Rockdale; phone harassment, Milano; disabled vehicle, US 190.

Friday—Criminal mischief, east FM 485; suspicious vehicle, Ballpark Road, Cameron; suspicious vehicle, FM 485; burglary, CR 357A; civil matter, CR 203; reckless driver, FM 908; stolen vehicle, CR 336; suspicious vehicle, Sierra Drive; welfare check, West Main, town not identified; loud music, Oak Lawn; suspicious vehicle, FM 2269.

Saturday—Theft, CR 342; dispute, CR 259; abandoned trailer, Inwood Street, Rockdale; info on wanted person, Darrell Street, Rockdale; stolen trailer, FM 2027; property damage, CR 342; suspicious vehicle, FM 2269; assault, Cameron area; loud music, US 190; fight in progress, Texas 36 east.

Sunday—Loud noise, FM 845; controlled burn, US 77 south; assault, FM 2269; suspicious vehicle, CR 205; suspicious vehicle, between CR 136 and CR 133; civil matter, Bryer Lane; welfare check, CR 446.

Monday—Suspicious vehicle, FM 979; theft FM 2095; telephone harassment, North Travis Street, Cameron.

The department also answered numerous livestock calls.

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