"Huntsville, Texas: Home of Sam Houston" Top 5 Page for this destination Huntsville by Stephen-KarenConn

Huntsville Travel Guide: 91 reviews and 239 photos

Founded in 1835 by Pleasant Gray, the town of Huntsville grew quickly, with prominent settlers moving here from Alabama, Tennessee and Virginia. From the city's inception, it was considered to be the center of education and law, and was the home of many military leaders, including Sam Houston, during the years of the Republic of Texas.

Today, Huntsville is still home to prominent state institutions, while maintaining its small town charm. Huntsville is 73 miles north of Houston and 176 miles south of Dallas, along I-45.

  • Last visit to Huntsville: Feb 2005
  • Intro Updated Mar 1, 2005
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  • Aug 18, 2007 at 10:38 AM

    The picture that you are showing as "Death Row" is wrong. The offenders are in fact executed at the Wall's Unit but Death Row is housed at the Polunski Unit. The place where the offenders are executed at the Wall's Unit is known as the "Death House".

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    Jul 22, 2005 at 10:51 AM

    Excellent page onHuntsville! Now I have this perfect guide on hand, I'll have to go and visit again!

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    Mar 15, 2005 at 6:53 PM

    Another amazing tour. Fantastic reading for us history buffs.

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    Mar 9, 2005 at 9:51 PM

    Great photos of a nice little spot.

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    Mar 9, 2005 at 3:39 PM

    Another wonderful page full of history. Great job and coverage, enjoyed reading as always along with beautiful photos. :o)

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    Mar 9, 2005 at 12:25 PM

    Stephen, I find all this history remarkably fascinating. The cemeteries would be something I'd want to see. I detect your Tennessee "roots" surfacing, & I agree with you. Might know Texas would have a Prison Museum! Another example of excellence on VT!

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    Mar 1, 2005 at 7:44 PM

    These tips were just in time for my trip here tomorrow!

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