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Walker County Seat, East Texas

30°43'20"N 95°33'12"W (30.711254, -95.548373)

Interstate 45 and 75
Highways 190, 19 and 30
68 miles N of Houston
165 miles S of Dallas
Population: 41,208 Est. (2016)
38,548 (2010) 35,078 (2000) 27,925 (1990)

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Huntsville Texas park bridge
The Huntsville park bridge
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Huntsville, Texas Topics:

  • Huntsville History
  • Huntsville Landmarks
  • Huntsville Stories
  • Walker County Courthouse > next page
  • East Texas Sunday Drives: Huntsville > next page
  • Walker County Towns & Ghost Towns > next page
  • Huntsville Nearby Destinations
  • Huntsville Hotels

  • History in a Pecan Shell

    A timeline of significant events in Huntsville's history:
    1836: founded by Pleasant and Ephraim Gray as an Indian trading post. The Grays were from Huntsville, Alabama.
    1837: Montgomery County organized - Huntsville was within its boundaries. First post office granted.
    1844: The Huntsville Male and Female Academy opened.
    1845: Stovall's Male and Female Academy opened.
    1846: Walker County organized - Huntsville designated county seat.
    1847: Huntsville becomes home of the Texas State Penitentiary. The prison received its first inmate in 1849. During the 1840s and 1850s prosperous families from the southern states arrive.
    1850: Huntsville loses its chance to become state capital when it is defeated by Austin in an election.
    1861 - 1865: During the Civil War, uniforms for Confederate soldiers were made at the pentitentiary. During reconstruction - Huntsville was placed under martial law for a brief period.
    1867: A yellow fever epidemic reportedly killed 10 percent of the town's population.
    1872: The Houston and Great Northern Railroad bypasses Huntsville to the east.
    1875: Huntsville was a stop on four stage lines - including one running from Nacogdoches to Brenham, and one from Huntsville to Waxahachie.
    1879: Sam Houston Normal Institute opens - later becomes Sam Houston State University.
    1933: Emancipation Park is established
    1936: Marker is erected for Steamboat House - where Sam Houston died. Also authorized were the construction of the James Gillespie Monument and the Sam Houston Memorial Museum.
    Painted facade in Huntsville, Texas
    An inexpensive idea for scores of Texas towns with gaps in their downtown area. Even the air conditioners look real.
    TE Photo, 2002

    Today downtown Huntsville has been decorated with a brilliant use of paint (paint in talented hands). The courthouse has recently undergone a restoration down to the sidewalks. The city has left a vintage brick façade in place on the SW corner of the NW corner of the square. Either that, or else they've constructed an instant stabilized ruin. Either way it works. It draws attention away from a parking lot and calls attention to the bricklayer's art.

    Huntsville, Texas Landmarks/Attractions

    Huntsville Tx - Walker County Courthouse
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, October 2009
    Walker County Courthouse
  • Oakwood Cemetery: 9th St. and Ave "I" Includes Sam Houston's grave

  • Sam Houston's Statue: I-45 S, (exit 112) I-45 N (exit 109)
    The lifesize model of the 67-foot statue can be seen at the library at Sam Houston State University

  • Sam Houston Memorial Museum Complex:
    "The Sam Houston Memorial Park and Museum, just off U.S. 75 (Sam Houston Avenue). Here in a 15-acre setting are Sam Houston's home, "Woodland," the steamboat house where he died in 1863, his law office, a pioneer kitchen, a blacksmith shop and other buildings. The museum itself houses one of the most extensive collection of Sam Houston memorabilia in Texas." -

  • Gibbs-Powell House Museum: 1228 11th Street

  • The Texas Prison Museum: On the southside of the square

  • Sam Houston State University - "If you are visiting Huntsville, especially if you will be stopping at the Sam Houston Museum complex, do yourself a favor; walk across Sam Houston Avenue and visit the campus of Sam Houston State University. Not only gets my vote as one of the prettiest college campuses in the state of Texas, if not in the entire country, but also the site of several interesting things to see. (As a graduate of SHSU I will readily admit that I am somewhat biased!) Nevertheless, in very close proximity to the museum, and to each other, on the north end of the SHSU quadrangle are; Austin Hall (1851) – If I remember correctly, it is the oldest educational building in continuous use west of the Mississippi River, Old Main Memorial – preserved footprint and basement area of this 1890 beauty, which was lost to fire in 1982, the Peabody Memorial Library – Built in 1902 to recognize the philanthropic contributions of the Peabody Foundation to Sam Houston (Normal Institute) and to public education in the state of Texas, and the bronze statue of General Sam Houston. This statue, 110% of life size, was dedicated in 1979 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of SHSU. It was said to be the most accurate representation of Sam Houston in existence at that time. I hope you enjoy your visit to Huntsville and Sam Houston State University." - Stephen Rogers, Bellville, Texas, November 11, 2004

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  • Huntsville Tx - Sam Houston Memorial Museum
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, October 2010
    Sam Houston Memorial Museum Complex
    Includes Steamboat House
    Woodland, Home of Sam Houston
    Coppini Statues - Sam Houston Gravesite Huntsville TX
    Sam Houston Gravesite by sculptor Coppini.
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    Oakwood Cemetery
    Huntsville Tx - Austin Hall & Sam Houston Bronze Statue
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, October 2010
    Austin Hall & Sam Houston Bronze Statue
    Huntsville Texas masonic lodge
    Huntsville Texas masonic lodge signs
    Masonic Lodge and Signs
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    Brick facade in downtown Huntsville
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    Huntsville Tx - Cafe Texan
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, October 2009
    Town Theatre in Huntsville, Texas
    The Town Theatre
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    Sam Houston statue in Huntsville
    The statue of Sam Houston
    Photo courtesy Todd Marshall
    Huntsville Nearby Destinations
  • Walker County - Towns & Ghost Towns

  • East Texas Sunday Drives: Huntsville by Bob Bowman
    Old Sam, prisons and pine trees, Oakhurst, Point Blank, Coldspring, Sam Houston National Forest, and Huntsville State Park

  • Huntsville State Park

  • Country Campus, Texas - WWII German POW camp

  • Sam Houston National Forest - including Sam Houston State Park

  • Lake Livingston

  • Raven Hill
    The location of the site of Raven Hill is south of Oakhurst about 2.5 miles off the main road. Take Raven Hill Rd. S.W. until it ends. Take a left (dirt road) go another 100 yds. or so. The marker is in a cow pasture on the right. - Robert Surguy, June 08, 2004

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    Huntsville Tourist Information
    Huntsville Chamber of Commerce: 1327 11th Street 1-800-289-0389
    Website: http://www.chamber.huntsville.tx.us/

  • Walker County, Huntsville TX - Martha Chapel Cemetery  Tombstones
    Photo courtesy Dana Goolsby, October 2010
    Hauntings of "Demons Road"
    and Martha Chapel Cemetery
    Huntsville Chronicles
  • Bullet Riddled Buddies by Clay Coppedge
    The escape from the infamous “Death House” at Huntsville...

  • Old Rangers and Sam Houston's Grave by Mike Cox
    The old Texas Rangers who gathered in Austin for a reunion in the early fall of 1897 surely figured they had fought their last fight. After all, they had battled and survived Mexican soldiers, Comanches and outlaws. But that’s before they heard what some folks in Tennessee were up to...

  • The Huntsville Humdinger and the Texas Prison Rodeo by Mike Cox
    When the Huntsville Humdinger hit the streets that Monday, the feisty four-column competitor of the long-established Huntsville Item carried on page one a humdinger of a local scoop: The prison system would be starting a rodeo that fall. On Sept. 4, 1931...

  • The Brothers Baylor by Mike Cox
    The Baylor boys were two Texans a fellow did not want to cross....

  • First prisoner at Hunsville State Prison - Cartoon by Roger T. Moore

    Huntsville Ghost Stories

  • “Demons Rd” in Huntsville by Dana Goolsby
    Bowden Rd, perhaps better known as " Demons Rd,” has a steady flow of reports regarding the experiences travelers claim to have had while driving down the old road. People that wander off down “Demons Rd” tell tales of disturbing encounters, and an eerie feeling that sweeps over anyone who dares disrupt the spirits said to be lingering down “Demons Rd.” The old road leads to an old cemetery known as Martha’s Chapel Cemetery....

  • Haunted Huntsville by Dana Goolsby
    Oakwood Cemetery, and the oldest prison in Texas - the Walls Unit...

  • Huntsville Texas Area Destinations:
    Houston | Centerville | College Station
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