Mosquito capital of Texas. Well, that’s my assessment. Never in my travels have I come home with more mosquito bites than I did when I stayed in Clute, a town where a mammoth was discovered by a backhoe operator in 2003. Dig deep enough and you are likely to find something–dirt more than anything but certainly something.
Clute is located about 45 miles west of Houston. And as all small Texas towns do, it’s got a fascinating history filled trivia usually involving the founder’s last name and the postmaster. According to history, it started at the junction of two plantations way back when and now Dow Chemical is spread across much of it’s front yard.
When we were there, we stayed at a hotel right across the road from Dow and spent one full day at Brazoria Wildlife Refuge. We were eaten alive! Yes we were and I warn any travelers as they venture off onto one of the trails at this beautiful park that Cutter and Off do not help keep mosquitos from swarming. I had better luck not getting eaten by the alligator I photographed.
While in town we discovered a sign advertising the upcoming 30th Annual Mosquito Festival. This event takes place latter part of July. If we lived closer, we just might attend. I know the mosquitos will be there.