Visitor's Center, Huntsville
The main visitor's center for Huntsville is probably the one just off the interstate located with the very large statue of Sam Houston. Here you can get info on Huntsville to help you plan your visit in accordance with your interests and the time you have to stay here. They also have info on Sam Houston and the statue. Hours are 9 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday; 10 AM to 5 PM on Saturday and 11 AM to 5 PM on Sunday. If you miss this one, the Wynne House in the downtown area serves as an Art Museum and a Visitors Center.
According to the Huntsville Visitors Center, which in my opinion is a highly reputable source, this is the largest statue of a statesman in any country. This statue is built to scale, as Sam stood 6'6. It was created using 30 tons of concrete, by David Adickes.
This statue stands 77 feet tall, and is on a 10 foot granite base.
He was the governor of two states, has been the president of the Texas republic and was a military hero.
His statue is 67-feet tall and is standing on a 10 foot base, in real life Sam(uel) was 6 foot 2 inches at 19 years as his military records show.
He was born near Lexington, Virginia on March 2, 1793. In his youth he spent a lot of time with Cherokee indians. In the Creek Wars (1813-1814) he served under Andrew Jackson and resigned from the army in 1818.
The first time he was elected governor was in 1827 that was for Tennessee.
Picture taken june 4th, 2003 at 11:32
After I found Sam Houston's grave (I didn't have my maps with me because I had not intended to visit Huntsville on that day) we continued to look for the fabled 77 foot tall statue of Sam Houston. At the cemetery there was a map which showed the Sam Houston Museum and the Visitor's Center.
So based on my memory of the map that I had glanced at, we went south on Highway 75, which paralleled I-45 looking for the Visitor's Center. This was the last place I thought the statue might be. Soon we did come to the Visitor's Center and the statue which is out on I-45. Even though the visitor's center was closed, we stopped and I took some pictures.
If we had gotten there earlier, we could have found an assortment of visitor information including videos, brochures, maps. There is also a souvenir Gift Shop.
Hours of Operation
Monday-Saturday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Sunday 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Weekends March through May - Open until 6:00 p.m.
Information is also available at the Huntsville Chamber of Commerce and Convention & Visitors Bureau, 1327 11th Street (800 number under 'Other')
If you are coming from Houston, you will be treated to the 77 foot statue about 6 miles prior to coming into the city of Huntsville. It is amazing to see such a large statue from so far away, and you are naturally attracted to stop in and see why such a large monument was erected.
In order to learn more about Sam and his life, you can go into the Sam Houston Statue Visitors Center, which has some memorabilia, and also houses some great information about what else can be seen in Huntsville.
This is a 67-foot tall statue located on the southern edge of town dedicated to General Sam Houston, the Texas revolutionary leader, first president of the Republic of Texas, and for whom the city of Houston is named. There is a visitor's center on the site, with a gift shop and picnic area. There is also on display the actual cast used to create the statue's face, as an example of scale.
It is billed as "the world's tallest statue of an American hero."
The center provides visitor information, videos, brochures, souvenirs and maps of the area. You walk around the broad verandah and around the back to take the path down to the Sam Houston Statue. Around the back are also the restrooms. There are a couple of rather unique swing chairs there as well.
Unfortunately the centre doesn’t open very early – 10.00am – 5.00 Monday – Saturday and 11.00am – 5.00pm on Sundays.