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Huntsville Texas

Huntsville Texas

Huntsville Texas was originally a Native American trading post founded in 1835 and today is known as one of Texas’ oldest city.  Sam Houston was one of Huntsville prominent citizens and it has several attractions around the area in his honor.

Huntsville Texas Attractions:

Blue Lagoon…Scuba Diving Paradise, this old rock quarry is fed by Artesian springs creating a spectacular venue for scuba diving,  Scuba’s divers certification is required.  Located at 649 Pinedale Road.  Admission Charge.

Gibbs-Powell House…This home built in 1862 by Tomas Gibbs is the only Greek Revival style home in Huntsville.  Gibbs was a businessman and a personal friend of Sam Houston.  Located at 1228 11th St.  Admission Charge.

Huntsville State Park…This state park features a 210 acre lake, Lake Raven and offers canoe rentals, fishing and wildlife viewing. It is home to an extensive trail system, picnicking facilities and a wonderful play area for children.  Located off I-45 six miles southwest of Huntsville.  Admission Charge.

Oakwood Cemetery…This cemetery is the burial site of Sam Houston, Confederate and Union soldiers, pioneers and other Texas personalities Houston’s tom bears Andrew Jackson’s tribute.  The oldest marker is dated 1842.  Located at North Street and Avenue I.

9216--MARGE'S SAM HOUSTONSam Houston Memorial Museum Complex…This museum complex features eight historic buildings, including homes and Houston’s law office.  Exhibits include Houston’s personal effects, items fro Santa Anna and pioneer artifacts. It includes a visitor center and gift shop.  Located at 1836 Sam Houston Avenue.

Sam Houston National Forest…The Sam Houston National Forest, one of four National Forests in Texas, is located 50 miles north of Houston. The forest contains 163, 037 acres between Huntsville, Conroe, Cleveland and Richards, Texas. With land in Montgomery, Walker, and San Jacinto counties, the Sam Houston National Forest is intermingled with privately owned timber lands and small farms. It offers trails, fishing, boating, camping and picnicking.  Huntsville is at the northwestern boundary of the forest.9196--MARGE'S SAM HOUSTON

Sam Houston Statue…Huntsville  native David Adickes created this towering 67 foot statue of Gen, Sam Houston.  Mounted on a 10 foot bas this statue is visible for more than 6 miles.  Includes a visitor center and gift shop.  Located at 1121I-45  South of town.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice Institutional Division…This is the headquarters of the Texas prison system. Several units are located throughout the city and Walker County.  Historic Walls Unit , created in 1847, received its first convict on October 1, 1849. Driving tours are available fro the Sam Houston Statue Visitor Center.

Texas Prison Museum…Rotating exhibits highlight changes in the prison system since in 1848 inception.  Includes old ball and chains and “Old Sparky,”  the state’s electric chair used from 1924-64.  Visitors can also see items produced by inmates.  Located at 491 Texas 75 N,  Admission Charge.

Veterans Museum of Texas – Hearts…In memory of war veterans, this facility preserves military memorabilia, including war artifacts, photos love letters and personal effects.

9187--SAM HOUSTONWalker County Courthouse…Walker County has had five courthouses. The first Walker County Courthouse was available for county commissioners court meetings in July 1848; the building was finally completed in the center of the Huntsville public square in 1850. Because of a defective foundation, a second courthouse had replaced it by 1853.Repairs made in 1856 did not hold long. The design for the third county courthouse featured a grand jury house in the southwest corner of the grounds rather than inside the courthouse itself. Dubbed “The Little Courthouse,” the grand jury house was completed and in use by 1861. Construction on the main courthouse was interrupted by the Civil War; it was finished in 1869 but major repairs were necessary within a couple of years. On the first day of 1888 the grand jury house was again called into service after the main courthouse burned.  The fourth Walker County Courthouse, gradually welcomed back the social and religious groups of the county. Other uses included the Walker County Fair of 1912 and a lecture series sponsored by Texas A & M University in 1914. The interior of the building burned in 1968. At that time, it was one of the 25 oldest courthouses in the state of Texas.  The fifth and current Walker County Courthouse, a modern brick and steel structure, was completed in 1970. It remained in service at the dawn of the 21st century.

Wynne Home Art and Visitor Center…G.A. Wynne built this home as a wedding gift for his bride.  Initially this home was a Victorian style cottage, but it was later remodeled with Colonial Revival architecture.  It is now a cultural arts center. Located t 1428 11th St.

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When visiting Huntsville Texas nearby attractions include Coldspring, Montgomery, Conroe and Madisonville.

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Prairie and Lakes Events Arlington March 31…Maverick Speaker Series: Jane Goodall…College Park Center at UT Arlington Belton Through March 12… Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race…www.bellcountymuseum.org March 12…Bell County Museum Great Garage Sale…www.bellcountymuseum.org March 12-18…Spring Break at the Bell County Museum…www.bellcountymuseum.org March 19…Discover Day with Charley Chisholm…www.bellcountymuseum.org March 19-20… Sami Show Marketplace…Bell County Expo Center […]

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