Dancing Ant  LbNA # 52394

Placed DateMar 7 2010
LocationBurton, TX
Found By merfrog
Last Found Feb 15 2014
Hike Distance?

Dancing Ant

Born in Georgia in 1793, Gideon Lincecum grew up playing with and being educated by the Muscogee Indians. He developed a sharp curiosity and keen understanding of the natural environment, in spite of only five months of formal schooling.

In 1835 Gideon joined an exploratory group of Mississippians to travel to Texas to determine if conditions would be favorable for emigration. After 2 months of exploring the Trinity, San Jacinto, Brazos and Colorado River valleys, Gideon’s five companions had seen enough, and headed home. Lincecum remained, and his outdoor skills served him well.

It was at Long Point, Texas that Gideon’s interest in natural science flourished. The self-taught naturalist spent countless hours observing birds, insects, weather, rocks, and plants. He regularly corresponded with like-minded individuals, including Charles Darwin on two occasions. He published numerous articles in scholarly scientific journals and came to be recognized as a thorough and respectable researcher; moreover, his in-depth studies of the ants in Texas were paralleled by no other.
Gideon Lincecum is noted as a man of honor, dedicated to the betterment of society through exploration and research.

From Brenham, Texas: Travel 4 miles on HWY 290W. Turn NW (right) onto FM 2679 and continue for 5 miles. At the intersection, turn left onto FM 390W. Continue for 6 miles. (Be careful at the FM 1948 exchange. Make sure to stay on FM 390W heading towards Burton, Texas.) At the intersection of FM 390 and Spur 125 in Burton, Texas, turn right. Turn left at Railroad St. Follow the paved road SE until the pavement becomes gravel. Drive thru the Cotton Gin gate, driving on a dirt trail until the Indian Creek Nature Area sign is seen on the right. Park the vehicle in the grass and continue on foot into the preserve created by the Gideon Lincecum Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalists. Cross the wooden bridge. Take the trail to the right 34 steps toward the bluebird house. Stop at the aged, gnarled oak. Explore off the path to the right 8 steps and stop at the base of the ancient oak. (You should be facing the water as it trickles down the rocks.) The dancing ant is nestled in the crevice of the gnarled oak’s roots covered with leaves, sticks, and moss. Please rehide well and cover with leaves, sticks, and moss.

This information was summarized from Anne McGaugh's work at http://grovesite.com/