In the '20s, Navasota supported three or four downtown hotels and three movie theaters, says Miller.
"It's calmed down a lot since then," the mayor says. In fact now it's the slower pace, the "small-town feel" and the stately Victorian and Gothic mansions on Washington Avenue that attract people to town, says Johnson.
The town works with the railroad to make crossings prettier and to reduce the sound of train horns, Johnson adds.
Houston will celebrate its own train history Oct. 27-28, when Union Pacific hosts a free anniversary event at the Amtrak station on Washington Avenue. Union Pacific is bringing in Steam Locomotive No. 844, a traveling museum in a former baggage car and a Mini Train for kids.
Mayor Miller still takes his nephews down to watch the trains pass by sometimes. Because in Navasota, that's what you do.