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Sam Houston Memorial Museum
Huntsville, Texas

Located at the corner of Sam Houston Avenue and 19th Street in Huntsville.

by Sarah Reveley
Huntsville TX Sam Houston Memorial Museum
Sam Houston Memorial Museum in Huntsville
Photo courtesy Tony Cannata

Huntsville Sam Houston Memorial Museum

The 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.

The 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 Shrine.

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. http://www.shsu.edu/~smm_www/

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From "Monuments Commemorating the Centenary of Texas Independence", State of Texas, 1938
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Author's Note: As you continue along the Centennial trail, it is pretty obvious that my best descriptions are the ones of the museums I have seen myself. So, if you have been to any of these, please tell us about it! Please email Sarah Reveley. - Sarah Reveley
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