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Sam Houston State University
Huntsville, TX

Walk start at Hunstville Visitor's Center.

Leaving the Visitor's Center we walked in the park.

Artwork in the park.

Faces in the wall.

Entrance to a hike/bike trail.
We didn't go that way though.

Town Creek.

Carol and another walker at the unmanned checkpoint.

Sam Houston's grave in Oakwook Cemetery

Oakwood Cemetery (1846).

Sculpture representing a native American at a recreated spring.  There was a spring here in the early 1800's when Huntsville was first settled.

The original county jail.

Gibbs Store (1841) is the oldest business in Texas in continuous operation by the same family at the same location.  This brick building was built in 1890.

There was a quilt show on the town square.

County Courthouse also displayed quilts. This courthouse was built in 1968 after the 1888 Courthouse burned to the ground.

Movie Theatre.

Huntsville State Prison (1848).

The prison's administration building.

Classic firetruck.

Cedar Log Home (1831).
Built by John Bowman one of the "old three hundred" . Home was built in Grimes County and moved here.

Sign for Sam Houston State University (SHSU).  

Another SHSU sign.

Johnson Coliseum.  

Light Pole Sign.

New Bearkat Stadium.

Dan Rather Communications Building was dedicated in 1994. Dan Rather who anchored the CBS Evening News for many years is an alumni of SHSU. He graduated August 1953. 

SHSU Administration Building.

Austin College Building (1852) pictured below.  This building is the oldest educational building in continuous use west of the Mississippi River.  Sam Houston was in attendance at the cornerstone laying ceremony in 1851.  Autin College was chartered in 1849 by the Presbyterian Church and housed the state's first law school.  Austin College relocated to Sherman, Tx in 1876.  The following year Sam Houston Normal Institute was established in this building. It expanded into SHSU.  The building originally had 3 stories but there was a fire in 1982 which heavily damaged the building.  It has only recently been restored to its former glory.

Sam Houston Museum.

Display inside the Museum.  

Spring feed creek lined with Cypress "knees".

Sam Houston served in the U.S. Senate from 1846 to 1859. During this time he designed and built this home for his family.  They lived here until 1858 when Sam was elected Governor of Texas.  This home was sold to pay for campaign debts.  

Steamboat House (1858). After a short term as Governor, Sam Houston was removed in 1861 for refusing to take the oath of allegiance to the Confederacy.  He returned to Huntsville and leased this home.  He died in the downstairs bedroom a year later. This house was originally located east of Oakwood Cemetery, just a short distance from where he is buried. House was moved here in 1936 to become part of the Sam Houston Museum complex.

Home across the street. No historical information.  

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