at the corner of Sam Houston Avenue and 19th Street in Huntsville.|
by Sarah Reveley
Sam Houston Memorial Museum in Huntsville|
Photo courtesy Tony Cannata
– Sam Houston Memorial MuseumThe
Sam Houston Memorial Museum is a part of the Sam Houston Shrine complex,
and was designed as a permanent monument to the memory of Sam Houston and as a
repository for valuable relics connected with his life. Sam Houston gained a reputation
for his colorful costumes, and enjoyed wearing Cherokee attire on visits to Washington.
On display is his leopard skin vest. When asked why he chose a leopard, Houston
would respond that it was because a leopard never changes its spots.
Sam Houston Shrine comprises some fifteen acres of Sam Houston's homestead, together
with several historic buildings associated with his life. In addition, the Commission
allocated funds to purchase land adjacent to the old cemetery where Sam Houston
is buried, and to repair the "Steamboat House" and remove it to the Sam Houston
he Houston Shrine is a part of the campus of Sam Houston State
University, and is operated by the University. It is located at the corner of
Sam Houston Avenue and 19th Street in Huntsville.
From "Monuments Commemorating the Centenary of Texas Independence", State of Texas,