The second home for the Houston's in Huntsville, was the aptly named "Steamboat House". The Steamboat House was built in 1858 by Dr. Rufus Bailey as a gift for his son and new daughter-in-law; but the new couple refused to live in it because the unusual design caused ridicule. Sam Houston and family rented the home in 1862 and he died here in 1863. There is a house of similar design across the street. The Steamboat House is located on the grounds of the Sam Houston Memorial Museum.
The Steamboat House was built by Dr. Rufus Bailey in the 1850s and is the house where Sam Houston came to live after resigning the Governorship of Texas in 1861, at the outbreak of the Civil War. Houston was pro- union, but could not prevent Texas from siding with the Confederacy.
He died in the house in 1863, and his funeral was conducted from the upstairs parlor. Although not on its original site, it was moved to the museum park and restored in 1936 as part of the Texas Centennial.