The best thing about stopping to visit the huge statue, apart from taking a good look up close, is the opportunity to learn a bit about this giant of a man in Texas and U.S. history. Sam Houston is honored in Huntsville because he made his home there at the time of his death in 1863. He would have nothing to do with the Confederacy, so he resigned as Governor of Texas after the vote to secede from the Union and retired to Huntsville. It's a short pleasant walk though the woods from the visitor center to the statue. Admission is free.
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