"Center of Texas history -- past and present" Top 5 Page for this destination Huntsville by der_geograf

Huntsville Travel Guide: 90 reviews and 239 photos

Where I was born and raised . . .

Huntsville is about 70 miles north of Houston. It has a population easing ever-so closer to 40,000. It is the headquarters of the Texas Department of Corrections and boasts five prisons within the city limits (one of which is the "Walls" Unit--the state penitentiary and where Texas executes its Death Row inmates), and four others in the surrounding county. In other words, it's the textbook case of a "prison industrial complex." It was also home to "Texas Hero" Sam Houston, the leader of the Texas Revolution against Mexico, and there is a 67-foot tall statue and museum honoring his life. A college bearing his name, Sam Houston State University, is also located in Huntsville, and has produced a host of notable alumni such as CBS News anchor Dan Rather.

In addition to the statue, museum, and university, Huntsville also has the Texas Prison Museum and Huntsville State Park.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Very difficult to get lost, ample space for outdoor activities, beautiful scenery and old homes
  • Cons:Historical markers are a bit difficult to find, but are worth the search. Many prisons, so a lot of 'ex-cons' ;o)
  • In a nutshell:At first glance, it seems like a normal sleepy East Texas town. But it's place in Texas and world history, as the location of the Texas Death Row, adds an unexpected significance to this tiny town.
  • Intro Updated Feb 5, 2006
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  • Ekahau's Profile Photo
    May 19, 2007 at 7:17 PM

    Thinks for your great tips I went this weekend on a Bar B Q pilgrimage?

  • ATXtraveler's Profile Photo
    Mar 5, 2005 at 11:13 PM

    Thanks for the Huntsville Page.. I just went myself.

  • croisbeauty's Profile Photo
    Feb 17, 2004 at 12:52 PM

    very usefull fact from the history of the Lone Star

  • Jan 29, 2004 at 1:59 PM

    History either takes a back seat in this country, or it is grossly twisted to suite the needs of a particular class of people here in the states. It’s puzzling how a man like Sam Houston, a notorious former slave owner, can be so idolized.

  • XenoHumph's Profile Photo
    Jan 20, 2004 at 9:37 AM

    Great page, great tips! I'll have to go back to see more than just the rodeo!

  • mtncorg's Profile Photo
    Dec 8, 2003 at 2:23 PM

    Interesting look at the City of David Gale and Sam Houston. Looking vorwarts to more von Der Geograf!

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