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    Faux Bas Relief

    by grandmaR Updated Sep 25, 2007

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    Houston's Life in murals
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    Favorite thing: Historic downtown Huntsville has some examples of an illusionary technique called trompe l'oeil (which is French for "trick of the eye.") by Richard Haas. There are three murals depicting Sam Houston's life facing east on the corner of U.S. 190 and University Avenue. They rise approximately two stories and depicts "Houston as Colonned the Cherokee," "Houston's at Woodland Home" and "Battle of San Jacinto 1836."

    The fourth picture show the architectural details of a bygone era in a fake relief on the elegant 19th century Gibbs Building.

    Fondest memory: Richard Haas is apparently a currently practicing muralist and artist. For some reason I assumed that because the murals were in the historic district that meant that they were themselves historic. But according to this website, he did his Huntsville work in the early to mid 1990s

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    Sam Houston's Statue

    by grandmaR Updated Oct 28, 2006

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    Favorite thing: I had thought of going to Huntsville, but had not planned to go this particular day, so I didn't have the info with me. Huntsville was Sam Houston's bailiwick. General Sam Houston was the President of the Republic of Texas after they won their war with Mexico.

    Not only is there the Sam Houston State University, and a museum dedicated to him and a cemetery with his grave in it, but there is also a 77 foot high statue (the tallest statue to an American hero anywhere in the world). I knew about the statue, but according to what was written in the AAA book I thought it was at his gravesite. I thought I would surely be able to see it since it was so big.

    But it is NOT at Sam Houston's grave (which we eventually did find). At the cemetery I found directions to the museum (which was closed when we got there) and the visitor's center where the statue is. We stopped at the visitor's center anyway and walked down the path to see the statue (last two photos).

    Fondest memory: Since we visited Huntsville coming from the east, we didn't have the benefit of seeing the statue from the highway. When we approached that way, it definitely was visible from a long way off (first three photos).

    The name of the statue is “A Tribute to Courage” by the artist David Adickes. The statue was dedicated on October 22,1994. It is actually only 67 feet tall but they include the 10 foot granite base.

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    Sam Houston State University

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Mar 8, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Founded in 1879, Sam Houston State University is one of the oldest schools in Texas. The 272 acre main campus is near the center of Huntsville, and has an enrollment of more than 14,000 students. Sam Houston State offers courses of study leading to 84 undergraduate , 47 masters, and 4 doctoral degrees.

    Address:
    Visitor Center and Admissions Office
    Estill Classroom Building
    1903 University Avenue
    Huntsville, TX 77341

    Telephone:
    1-936-294-1844

    Sam Houston State University

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    Sam Houston Woodland Monument

    by ATXtraveler Written Mar 5, 2005

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    Sam Houston Memorial

    Favorite thing: Sam Houston truly lived almost everywhere in Texas at some point in his life, however he held a special place for Huntsville. The original home that he lived in, and where four of his 8 children were born was a home that is now known as "Woodland". Located in Huntsville, you will be able to visit this home, and find out more about this statesman.

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    Home of Sam Houston State University

    by ATXtraveler Written Mar 5, 2005

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    Sam Houston St

    Favorite thing: One of the things you should be aware with when visiting Huntsville is that it is home to Sam Houston State University. The reason this is important to remember is because the restaurants and area activities may be catered around when the University is in session. Make sure you verify early that the sights you want to see will be available on your visit.

    For more information on Sam Houston State University, I have listed their website below.

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    An Unexpected Stop

    by keeweechic Written Oct 29, 2002

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    Favorite thing: We hadn't actually planned to stop off in Huntsville and didn't really know anything about it but we had just stopped for breakfast and I saw a sign post saying Sam Houston Statue and decided to check it out. The sun rising along the way was just lovely.

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  • Visit the Sam Houston Museum....

    by comiccodger Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Visit the Sam Houston Museum. See the Sam Stqatute on I45, Stand on the sidewalk next to the 'Walls' [a prison unit known OFFICALLY as the Huntsville Unit]and as you lok up realize that the prisoners themselves built the wall.

    Fondest memory: People

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    Early in the Morning.

    by keeweechic Written Oct 29, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Driving south to Houston in the very early morn with the sun about to rise, over in the distance was an oil derrick illuminated and working. We pulled off to take a closer look.

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