Huntsville Volksmarch 01/30/2016

We haven’t walked this Year Round Event since 2012 so we decided it was time to revisit the town of Huntsville. We registered at the Sam Houston Museum gift shop and headed out.

In 1862, after Sam Houston left governorship of Texas, he rented Steamboat House, and here he died in 1863. His funeral was held in the upstairs parlor.

In 1862, after Sam Houston left governorship of Texas, he rented Steamboat House, and here he died in 1863. His funeral was held in the upstairs parlor.  This house was moved here and restored.

Rock wall rumored to have built by the WPA.

Rock wall rumored to have built by the WPA.

Gazebo on the museum grounds.

Gazebo on the museum grounds.

Nice house

We left the museum grounds behind and walked residential streets passing this really nice home.

English native George Robinson (1820-1888), formerly of the Galveston News, moved to Huntsville by 1846 and began printing the Huntsville Item on August 20, 1850.

English native George Robinson (1820-1888), formerly of the Galveston News, moved to Huntsville by 1846 and began printing the Huntsville Item on August 20, 1850.

Current location of the Huntsville Item newspaper.

Current location of the Huntsville Item newspaper.

Old Printing Press outside the newspaper office.

Old Printing Press outside the newspaper office.

Born a slave and reared on the Alabama plantation of the Lea family, Joshua Houston was brought to Texas in 1840 by Margaret Lea and Sam Houston.

Born a slave and reared on the Alabama plantation of the Lea family, Joshua Houston was brought to Texas in 1840 by Margaret Lea and Sam Houston.

Town Creek

Town Creek

Constructed between 1859 and 1862 by James H. Thomason, this is one of the oldest homes in Walker County.

Constructed between 1859 and 1862 by James H. Thomason, this is one of the oldest homes in Walker County.

Sculpture representing Native Americans at a recreated spring. There was a spring here in the early 1800's when Huntsville was first settled.

I detoured from the walk route into Founders Park and found this sculpture representing Native Americans at a recreated spring. There was a spring here in the early 1800’s when Huntsville was first settled.

Woman's head with flowing hair by Artist David Adickes.

Woman’s head with flowing hair by Artist David Adickes is on display next to his studio/museum.

Memorial to James Gillaspie, who fought for the interests of Texas in THREE wars, serving THREE different countries.

Memorial to James Gillaspie, who fought for the interest of Texas in THREE wars, serving THREE different countries.

Center portion of Sam Houston's memorial.

Center portion of the memorial at Sam Houston’s grave.

Entrance to Oakwood Cemetery next to Sam Houston's grave.

Entrance to Oakwood Cemetery next to Sam Houston’s grave.

Path through the cemetery.

Path through the cemetery.

Main entrance to Oakwood Cemetery.

Main entrance to Oakwood Cemetery.

Memorial in honor and memory of veterans of all wars.

Memorial in honor and memory of veterans of all wars sit on a corner of  the Walker County courthouse square.

Confederate War Memorial on courthouse lawn.

Confederate War Memorial on courthouse lawn.

1936 Centennial Marker

Another markers as we circle the courthouse square is the 1936 Texas Centennial Marker

Gazebo on the corner of the courthouse square.

Gazebo on the last corner of the courthouse square.

Cornerstone from old courthouse.

Cornerstone from old courthouse.

Interesting historical marker.

Interesting historical marker.

One of 25 lodges started during the Republic of Texas, Forrest Lodge No. 19, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, was chartered on Jan. 11, 1844.

One of 25 lodges started during the Republic of Texas.  Forrest Lodge No. 19 was chartered on Jan. 11, 1844.

The Town Theatre opened in 1947 and closed in 1974 . Reopened in 2002 as the J. Philip Gibbs Jr. Centre for the Performing Arts.

The Town Theatre opened in 1947 and closed in 1974 . Reopened in 2002 as the J. Philip Gibbs Jr. Centre for the Performing Arts.

"The Walls Unit" Huntsville State Prison 1848.

“The Walls Unit” Huntsville State Prison 1848.

Inmates, slaves, and free men worked in the penitentiary textile factory, main source of cloth goods for Confederate Southwest.

Inmates, slaves, and free men worked in the penitentiary textile factory, main source of cloth goods for Confederate Southwest.

The mural gives highlights from the life of Sam Houston who was a frontiersman, the commander of the battle at San Jacinto, Governor of the State of Texas, Chief of the Cherokees, and living in the steamboat house when he died.

The mural gives highlights from the life of Sam Houston who was a frontiersman, the commander of the battle at San Jacinto, Governor of the State of Texas, Chief of the Cherokees, and living in the steamboat house when he died.

Take a Look on the Wild Side by Kat Black (2011)

Take a Look on the Wild Side by Kat Black (2011)

Belvin Hall constructed by the WPA was the first student residence constructed on the campus of Sam Houston State University, then called Sam Houston State Teachers College.

Belvin Hall constructed by the WPA was the first student residence constructed on the campus of Sam Houston State University, then called Sam Houston State Teachers College.

Elizabeth Elliott Hall women's dormitory.

Elizabeth Elliott Hall women’s dormitory.

The Rainbow Walker sculpture overlooks the parking lot on the western edge of Bowers Stadium.

The Rainbow Walker sculpture is hiding in trees, but overlooks the parking lot on the western edge of Bowers Stadium.

Memorial Plaque

Memorial Plaque

Bronze sculpture on the campus of Sam Houston University dedicated to Frances Handley Bowers wife of Elliott T. Bowers, 9th president of Sam Houston State University.

Bronze sculpture on the campus of Sam Houston University dedicated to Frances Handley Bowers wife of Elliott T. Bowers, 9th president of Sam Houston State University.

An abstract piece near the Performing Arts Center (two people? man and woman?) named Double-Double.

An abstract piece near the Performing Arts Center (two people? man and woman?) named Double-Double.

Sweet Peas

Sweet Peas

Life Size statue of Sam Houston by David Adickes that matches his 67' version that stands along I-45.

Life Size statue of Sam Houston by David Adickes that matches his 67′ version that stands along I-45.

SHSU Clock Tower with bells on the mall.

SHSU Clock Tower with bells on the mall.

Fountain on the Mall.

Fountain on the Mall.

President's Tree is a Southern Magnolia planted by the University Presidents residence.

“President’s Tree” is a Southern Magnolia planted in front of the University President’s residence.

This sixteen-foot Howard clock was installed in 2003. It has the letters that make up the name "Sam Houston" in place of the numbers.

This sixteen-foot Howard clock was installed in 2003. It has the letters that make up the name “Sam Houston” in place of the numbers.

Dan Rather Communications Building was dedicated in 1994. Dan Rather who anchored the CBS Evening News for many years is an alumni of SHSU. He graduated August 1953.

Dan Rather Communications Building was dedicated in 1994. Dan Rather who anchored the CBS Evening News for many years is an alumni of SHSU. He graduated August 1953.

Posing with "Old Main" and Sam Houston statue.

Posing with “Old Main” and Sam Houston statue.

Bronze statue of Sam Houston is on the Smithsonian Art Inventory.

Bronze statue of Sam Houston is on the Smithsonian Art Inventory.

SHSU Coed Residence Hall

SHSU Coed Residence Hall

Inside the rotunda museum is a collection of artifacts and manuscripts belonging to Sam Houston, and a few of his personal effects.

Inside the rotunda museum is a collection of artifacts and manuscripts belonging to Sam Houston, and a few of his personal effects.

Park entrance.

Park entrance.

This pond/lake is rumored to have been dug by the WPA.

This pond/lake is rumored to have been dug by the WPA.

Sam Houston and his wife Margaret (Lea) built this house, "Woodland", in 1847. Four of their eight children were born here.

Sam Houston and his wife Margaret (Lea) built this house, “Woodland”, in 1847. Four of their eight children were born here.

Woodland's staircase.

Woodland’s staircase.

Information plaque about "Woodland"

Information plaque about “Woodland”

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