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Aug 8, 2018 - Sam Houston Memorial Museum, Huntsville

Today was another good day. I went on the CARE bus with nine others to Huntsville to visit the Sam Houston Memorial Museum. [www.samhoustonmemorialmuseum.com] One thing I learned that intrigued me was that the Houston clan is a sept (branch) of the McDonald clan of Scotland. My family on my father’s side is also of the McDonald clan. The Sam Houston Memorial Museum historic site occupies eighteen acres of the original farm of over 200 acres owned by General Sam Houston and his family from 1847 until 1858. In 1927 the legislature...

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Nov 7, 2017 - Sam Houston and Elkins Lake

Nov 7, 2017 (Tuesday) I went into Huntsville today site seeing. Ever since I was a kid, I remember us driving down I-45 pass the Sam Houston statue but never stopping to see it up close. You realize just how tall the statue really is when you are standing next to it. There were some birds sitting on his head and they looked so small way up that high. I saw a sign for Elkins Lake as I was driving on I-45 to the statue. It is actually a small community. I came across a country club and went in asking if they knew how the community got its...

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Just Tripping Along

Mar 19, 2014 - 'The Raven'

Sam Houston(1793-1863), the hero of San Jacinto, was a soldier, statesman, politician and the only man to serve as governor of two states, Tennessee & Texas. Sam Houston led the fight for Texas' Independence. He then served as President of the Republic of Texas & later a United States Senator from the state of Texas. The Sam Houston Memorial Museum, located in his hometown of Huntsville, is part of Sam Houston State University....

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2014 RV Adventure

Feb 28, 2014 - Huntsville, TX

2/28 We pull out of Kinder LA before 0900 heading for TX. Past several more refinerys. We take I 10 across the Sidel river to TX and go to the visitor center. The rest of the way we take secondary roads to get a better look at this part of TX. We go through the Big Thicket National Preserve, intresting not really a forest but some woods and brushland. We go by some nice farms, overall pretty country. About 250 mile west we pull into the Heartland RV park in Huntsville TX. We get set up pretty early so we take the van and look around the...

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Apr 27, 2010 - Texas Prison Museum in Huntsville, TX

We enjoyed a little side trip today to Huntsville, Texas. “Founded in 1835, Huntsville is one of Texas' oldest cities and home of Sam Houston, the first and third President of the Republic of Texas and later Governor of the state.” There are many interesting historic places to visit in Huntsville if you are interested in Texas history; however, Huntsville is also known for its prisons. As a result Huntsville is home to a fascinating museum… The Texas Prison Museum. I wasn’t sure what we would see in a “prison museum” but, as my dentist...

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Apr 4, 2009 - Huntsville, Texas

Huntsville is the prison capital of Texas, if not for the United States! There are over 12 prisons from max security to minimum security. The good, bad, really bad and members of the life-time society are in resident in this community. One would think this would be an unsafe place to reside, no so, it is a safe, comfortable place to live. This small community consists of several outlying hamlets of friendship and fellowship. The RV park we are staying in is new and underdevelopment; which means unimproved roads and very few campers. Our...

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Jan 7, 2009 - Across Louisiana

Day 3, not quite as long a day but still just traveling. We had a nice day and another great sunset along with a few changes in plans again, we do the "written in jello" thing. Dave looked at the plan and said "why are we going so far north just to cross into Texas?" and I said "because that's where the main state highway is" Well he got the maps out and his computer and rerouted us thru Louisiana and planned an overnight at Walmart in Huntsville,Tx. It was a nice day but we missed a turn in Alexandria,La and street atlas routed us back but...

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year5-Here we go

May 3, 2008 - Huntsville, TX

A day trip to Huntsville started with a stop at the Sam Houston Statue. It is the world’s tallest statue of an American hero. It towers 67 feet and is mounted atop a 10 foot granite base. Sam is visible for more than six miles. Next stop was the Zion Baptist Church for a delicious Texas BBQ. If the spot looks familiar it has been featured on many travel shows. They say it’s one of the 5 best BBQ’s in the US. We all thought so too. The town square was the center of a quilt exhibit. Quilts hung from store fronts, balconies, and racks around...

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Nov 20, 2007 - Huntsville

We had an early start this morning so that we could arrive in Huntsville by lunchtime and go to the Prison Museum this afternoon. The journey was good and we arrived at midday. Set up and were out in about 20minutes!!! Found the Museum after driving past a huge statue of Sam Houston - he was president of Texas when it was an independent state and then Senator for Texas afterit joined the union. Anyway...the prison museum was very well done and I really enjoyed it but Steve got spooked by it becuse we saw "Ol' Sparky" the electric chair that...

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Jan 19, 2001 - 1997 June 15 - Huntsville - Sam Houston Monument

On the way home from the family reunion in Houston, I stopped in Huntsville at the Sam Houston Monument. The 67-foot tall (plus 10-foot base) statue is named "A Tribute to Courage” and is touted as the second largest freestanding statue in the USA. Artist David Adickes, born and schooled in Huntsville, sculpted this colossal monument. The 25-ton steel-and-concrete colossus is comprised of 10-foot sections, each containing five layers of concrete reinforced with steel straps. The outside layer includes a fiberglass mesh. It was dedicated on...

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