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Sam Houston Historical Park : The greatest number of early dwellings (and a church) that have been saved have been moved to this 19 acre downtown park, shaded by skyscrapers to the east.

Buffalo Bayou
: This meandering stream flows from downtown to Memorial Park, a former WWI training camp called Camp Logan. You can follow the course of the Bayou by driving down Memorial Drive. Along the way you can enter (via the rear entrance and a charming bridge) Bayou Bend, Ima Hogg's elegant home that she bequeathed to Houston upon her death.

Washington Avenue runs parallel to Memorial and is the road to take to visit Glenwood Cemetery. Glenwood is the final resting place of many illustrious Houstonians and pre-Houstonians. Anson Jones is buried here as well as Howard Hughes.

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South of Downtown Houston

South of Downtown you'll find Rice University, The Texas Medical Center, The Contemporary Arts Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts.

Between the museums and park, you'll see Mecom Fountain at one of Houston's rare traffic circles. Contemporary Arts Museum : 5216 Montrose Blvd. 713-284-8250

Museum of Fine Arts : 1001 Bissonett Hermann Park which is entered just behind the Fine Arts Museum, has a fine equestrian statue of Sam Houston. The General's arm is pointing in the direction of the Houston Zoo.

Hermann Park is also home to the Houston Museum of Natural Science which includes the Cockrell Butterfly Center and the Burke Baker Planaterium.

George Hermann owned quite a bit of property near what is now Bush Intercontinental Airport in the early years of the 20th Century He had it up for sale at 50 cents per acre and there were no buyers. When oil was discovered, he took down the for sale signs.

He never married because he thought wives were too expensive to keep. After coming down with an illness that required him to go to New York City for treatment, George gave money to have a hospital built in Houston. Impressed by NYC's Central Park, he then bought additional land so patients of his hospital could convalesce in pleasant surroundings.

A statue of George Hermann stands across from the Hermann Hospital in Hermann Park.

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John Troesser
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Houston Tourist Information
  • Houston Visitors Information Center - 1-800-4HOUSTON
    City Hall Building at 901 Bagby Street
  • Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau - http://www.houston-guide.com/
    901 Bagby Houston, Texas 77002 (713) 437-5200 800-4HOUSTON
  • City of Houston - http://www.cityofhouston.gov/
  • Houston Texas Forum
    Houston Ghost
    Hello, I question why not one of your featured writers of ghost articles has failed to investigate downtown Houston`s most noted haunting... "The Old Downtown Houston Library" rumor has it that an old caretaker lived in the basement of that building with his dog... this caretaker loved to play his violin (fiddle) after hours.... He no longer is alive.... but the tunes he played can still be heard softly coming from the basement... this story was reported 20 maybe 25 years ago.... I have not heard anything of it since.. however I did see it featured on a TV program, but i don't recall which.. Could have been "Unsolved Mysteries"..... but I may be wrong........If you go to the old Library... they won't let you down into the basement if your only a visitor... but I think that someone with credentials can surely gain access.. And write a story that needs to be told. Thanks for this website, its GREAT!!! - Chris M Bird, August 10, 2005

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