WHEREAS, The Senate of the State of Texas is pleased to
  welcome the citizens of Grimes County who are visiting the State
  Capitol to celebrate Grimes County Day on January 23, 2013; and
         WHEREAS, A landscape of lush forests and verdant savannah,
  the area that would later become Grimes County was inhabited by the
  Bidai people when Europeans first arrived in the region in the late
  1600s; it is thought that the famous French explorer La Salle met
  his untimely end near present-day Navasota in 1687; and
         WHEREAS, In the 1820s, Anglo settlers began to move into
  the region, drawn by the rich bottomlands along the Navasota and
  Brazos Rivers; one of the first cotton crops in Texas was planted
  in the county, and with Anderson as its county seat, Grimes
  County was established in 1846 and named after Jesse Grimes, a
  signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence; and
         WHEREAS, The arrival of the railroad in 1859 helped promote
  the growth of Navasota as a center of commerce, while two spas
  established in the 1850s, Kellum Springs and Piedmont Springs,
  drew many visitors to the county; and
         WHEREAS, Today, the area's prosperity is based on
  livestock, agribusiness, and light manufacturing; the timber,
  lignite coal, and natural gas industries also contribute to the
  economy of the region; and
         WHEREAS, Officially designated the Blues Capital of Texas
  by the 79th Texas Legislature in 2005, Navasota hosts the annual
  BluesFest to commemorate the famous blues musician and native son
  Mance Lipscomb and to raise money for a scholarship in his name;
  the town is equally renowned for its picturesque downtown and
  Victorian-style houses, and its history is showcased in the
  Horlock History Center, a restored 1892 home; and
         WHEREAS, Anderson boasts the striking Grimes County
  Courthouse, constructed of handmade bricks in 1894 and restored
  in 2002; the town is also home to the Fanthorp Inn State Historic
  Site, a restored 19th-century stagecoach stop that hosted such
  famous figures as Sam Houston, Robert E. Lee, and Stonewall
  Jackson; and
         WHEREAS, Residents and visitors alike enjoy the colorful
  Texas Renaissance Festival in Plantersville every October and
  November; another popular attraction is Gibbons Creek Reservoir,
  which offers ample recreational opportunities for fishing,
  camping, boating, and waterskiing; and
         WHEREAS, Celebrating their rich history as they look
  forward to a bright future, the people of Grimes County are
  justifiably proud of their heritage and achievements, and their
  county's many contributions to the ongoing development of the
  Lone Star State are indeed deserving of special honor; now,
  therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the Senate of the State of Texas, 83rd
  Legislature, hereby recognize January 23, 2013, as Grimes County
  Day at the State Capitol and extend to the visiting delegation
  sincere best wishes for a meaningful and memorable stay in
  Austin; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution be prepared to
  commemorate this special day.
        President of the Senate
        I hereby certify that the
    above Resolution was adopted by
    the Senate on January 23, 2013.
        Secretary of the Senate
         Member, Texas Senate