Huntsville (TX) (Images of America)
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Huntsville is one of the oldest and most revered cities in the Lone Star State. Founded in the mid-1830s as Texans won their independence from Mexico, Huntsville became the home of Sam Houston--the first president of the Republic of Texas and later governor of the state. Nestled among the lakes and trees of the eastern piney woods, Huntsville emerged as a vital center of education and justice in the late 19th century. Today the city remains a vibrant, growing community known for a few of its largest employers, including Sam Houston State University and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
you know? Well he know him by his wagon, and his forty-fo.” (Courtesy Texas Prison Museum.) Here is a group of prisoners entering the south gate of the Walls Unit on August 30, 1949. (Courtesy Texas Prison Museum.) This photograph provides an aerial view of the Walls Unit in 1938. (Courtesy Texas Prison Museum.) Pictured here are Gov. Pat Neff and a group of state officials in front of the director’s residence at the Walls Unit around 1922. Governor Neff is seated on the right with his hat in
foremost in demanding redress and the last to abandon my ground.” (Courtesy Sam Houston Memorial Museum.) Fighting for the Confederate army at Shiloh, Sam Houston Jr. (1843–1894) was wounded and taken prisoner. After the Civil War, he pursued medical studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He died in Independence, Texas, and is buried there in the City Cemetery. (Courtesy Sam Houston Memorial Museum.) After the Civil War, Joshua Houston served as one of nine black delegates to the Republican
1925. (Courtesy Huntsville Arts Commission.) In 1929, women’s groups around the country formed Delphian societies, named for the patron god of music and the arts. The societies encouraged women to play a role in the civic and arts communities in their local cities. (Courtesy Huntsville Arts Commission.) Taken in early 1937, this photograph shows First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt with K. K. Black (left) and Capt. Van B. Houston (center), the commander of Civilian Conservation Corps Company 1823.
Known as the “Park Builders,” Company 1823 was made up of a group of African American World War I veterans who built Palmetto Park, Huntsville State Park, Longhorn Caverns State Park, Kerr-Shreiner State Park, and Abilene State Park. (Courtesy Huntsville Arts Commission.) Here is a rare photograph of the Civilian Conservation Corps camp that was established outside Huntsville. (Courtesy Bob Shadle.) Robert A. Josey, a Huntsville native and Houston businessman, donated land for the Josey Boy
here), sawmill, and lumber company. In addition, he even purchased the old Cumberland Presbyterian Church building to make a skating rink. (Courtesy Walker County Historical Commission.) James Marcus Smith was born in Walker County in 1883. He went into business with his older brother J. Wince Smith, and they had ranches in nearby Pearsall and Pearland. Pictured here is the Smith Meat Market on Eleventh Street near the former post office around 1905. (Courtesy Huntsville Arts Commission.)