Huntsville Travel Guide

  • Walker County Courthouse
    Walker County Courthouse
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    Veterans Museum
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    Huntsville Library
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Huntsville Things to Do

  • Texas Prison Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Another display in the museum is "old sparky" the notorious electric chair used to execute 361 convicted murderers in Texas between 1924 and 1964. Executions were stopped in 1964 and in 1982, Texas resumed executions using lethal injection. Please, no political comments!

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  • Sam Houston Memorial Museum

    4 out of 5 stars

    There are two additional cabins, with no direct connection to Sam Houston that I am aware of, located on the museum grounds. They are both "dogtrot" style cabins from the period between the Texas Revolution and the Civil War.

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  • Statue of Sam Houston

    4 out of 5 stars

    Sam Houston was larger than life so his statue should be too. In 1994, local artist David Adickes completed a 70 foot statue of the Texan hero which was erected by Interstate 45. Take a minute to stop and pay tribute to this interesting guy. Also at the site is the Huntsville Visitors Center, a picnic area and an amphitheater for special programs...

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  • Visitor's Center

    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...

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  • Huntsville Courthouse Square

    Huntsville is a small city of almost 40,000 (up 10% since 2000) located along Interstate 45/US Highway 190 in the Piney Woods part of East Texas. The settlement of Huntsville began in 1836 when Ephraim Gray and his wife started a trading post here. Gray named the town after his hometown of Huntsville, Alabama. A short time later another famous...

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  • Oakwood Cemetery

    The Christus statue is a full-sized copy of the original in Copenhagen, Denmark and only of of five copies in the United States. This world class piece of art was placed by grief-stricken Ben and Mamie Powell in the early 1930s to honor their son Rawley, who bled to death at age 6 from a tonsillectomy. Ben was a struggling young Huntsville...

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Huntsville Hotels

  • GuestHouse Inn Huntsville

    201 W Hill Park Circle, Huntsville, Texas, 77340, United States

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • Days Inn & Suites Huntsville

    The Best Western is just a standard Hotel, no special ammenities. They do have a club attached to...

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  • Super 8 Huntsville

    3121 Montgomery Road, Huntsville, Texas, 77340, United States

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Solo

Huntsville Restaurants

  • Great Small Town Cafe

    The Café Texan is an institution here in Huntsville, and is one of THE places to go for breakfast and lunch. The café is located in an old building on the courthouse square. Small town diner style décor with history on the walls. Breakfast is inexpensive and served all day. Big, tasty omelets. Their Chicken Fried Steak is tempting too. Hours are 6...

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  • Great Seafood; Nice Atmosphere

    $15 as of March 2013. Bob Luby's has a nice enough atmosphere with a kind of nautical theme. They serve a variety of seafood and some other dishes. The menu was varied enough that it took me a while to decide. I finally opted for Grilled Catfish topped with Crawfish Etouffee. The portions were pretty good and the preparation was great. Service was...

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  • Authentic Mexican

    Sort of a "hole in the wall" in an old pizza hut buliding, but the food is excellent. The Salsa & chips are a tasty start. The Tortilla soup is Large and came with a plate of fresh pico de gallo, avacodo, tortilla chips, rice, lettuce, and shredded cheese. others had the Enchiladas Suiza, Beef/cheese Enchiladas, and Quesadillas. All delicious and...

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  • Holy BBQ

    In some parts of the United States, barbecue is nearly a religion. Nowhere is that more evident, some say, than at the church of the holy barbecue in Huntsville, Texas. The "holy smoke" rises early from the little wood frame annex of the New Zion Missionary Baptist Church. Wednesday through Saturdays, it's praise the Lord and pass the ribs at the...

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  • A Real Texan Cafe - SInce 1936

    Old Sam, Prisons and Pine Trees the stuff Huntsville is made of is all here on the walls of this down home cafe on the corner of the main square. The heart of Huntsville are the friendly folks who call this area home. These are the people who donate to local organizations and Act in the local play Cinderella. This is the kind of place you can...

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  • Small College Bar and Grill

    During my recent trip to Huntsville, I decided to make a little historical trip of my own. Huntsville was the site of my first away match playing rugby, when we took on Sam Houston State. During that trip, we decided to stop in at Humphrey's after the match for a drinkup. Memories were brought back when I sat out on the patio and soaked in some...

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Huntsville Nightlife

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    by Basaic Written Apr 2, 2013

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    Bandera serves both food and alcohol. There is a small bar area in a corner. Voted best Chicken Fried Steak for 5 years in a row. Service in bar was only fair, the waitress seemed to be more interested in chatting with friends than serving customers she did not know. $3 for a rum and coke. Local watering hole.

    Bandera Bar and Grill Sign of Texas Cowboys
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Huntsville Transportation

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    by keeweechic Written Oct 29, 2002

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    Huntsville is located 55 miles north of Houston and 45 miles east of Bryan/College Station on Interstate Highway 45 and Texas Highway 30.

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Huntsville Local Customs

  • Whittling

    Even in a fairly decent sized town like Huntsville, the Texas habit of relaxing has long been evident. There are several historical markers in front on corner businesses around the courthouse square talking about hoe Sam Houston, when he was not busy making history, liked nothing better than to sit in a chair in front of the businesses and carve...

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  • Fair on the Square

    Usually held the first weekend in October, the Fair on the Square is an arts, crafts, and trade festival held on the block surrounding the Walker County courthouse in downtown Huntsville, and some adjacent streets including Rather Park.Vendors sell all kinds of things from furniture, antiques and art, to various Texan food dishes.

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Huntsville Warnings and Dangers

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    by ATXtraveler Written Mar 5, 2005

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    Sometimes you need to be careful when you head to monuments, as third graders are especially known to covertly remove the heads of the statues. Here you can clearly see that this group of cunning youth successfully removed Sam Houston's head, and were seen posing for pictures afterward!

    This group was from Ft. Worth, TX. Stay alert at all times to make sure the monuments of your town are not taken away like this!!

    Statue of Sam Houston's Head
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Huntsville What to Pack

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    by Winterowl Written Oct 13, 2003

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    Luggage and bags: Whatever meets your needs

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: East Texas is prone to unexpected rain showers. Dress cool, it can be hot and humid in the summer.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Shucks, folks. We got a Wal-Mart. You can buy it here.

    Photo Equipment: Sure! Lot's of great nature, wildlife and historical sights to remember.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Huntsvills State Park offers swimming, hiking, paddleboats, canoe rentals, primitive to plug-in camping sites, etc.

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Huntsville Off The Beaten Path

  • Ruins of Old Main -- Huntsville's...

    The hallmark of Sam Houston State University since its creation in 1876 was Old Main, the ornate structure at the heart of the campus that housed the school's administration.For reasons still unknown to this day, Old Main caught fire and burned to the ground in a spectacular blaze before dawn on Feb. 19, 1982. The glow from the fire could be seen...

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  • Wall of Faces - S.W. Houston Cultural...

    This is one tangible mark I've left on my hometown. Near downtown, (1604 10th Street to be exact) there's the Samuel Walker Houston Cultural Center, which has a small museum dedicated to Huntsville's African American history. Outside the museum is a white, curved wall with the casts of dozens of faces of the city's black residents of all ages,...

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  • Sam Houston Monument and Grave at...

    On the 75th anniversary of the battle San Jacinto, April 21, 1911, the State of Texas erected this monument to the memory of Sam Houston. The honorable William Jennings Bryan spoke to the hundreds of people in attendance, proclaiming General Houston as a national hero as well as a great Texas patriot.The monument, sculpted by Pompeo Coppini, is of...

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Huntsville Sports & Outdoors

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    by ATXtraveler Written Mar 5, 2005

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    One of the off the beaten path areas of Huntsville is Sam Houston State's Intramural Sports fields, where the home of Sam Rugby resides.

    This was the first place that I played a official rugby match, which we won so many years ago.

    It is located seconds away from the Sam Houston Museum, so if you see some kids running around with a white ball in their arms, stop in and watch for a while!

    Sam Houston Rugby

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Huntsville Favorites

  • Faux Bas Relief

    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...

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  • Sam Houston's Statue

    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...

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  • Sam Houston State University

    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...

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