The Texas Piney Woods town of Huntsville is the burial place of Sam Houston
- Texas' first president and governor. Huntsville is also the location of Sam Houston State University, Sam Houston State Park, Sam Houston Museum, and the Sam Houston Statue (67' foot tall!) and Visitors' Center.
Huntsville was founded as an indian trading post in 1836 and was granted a post office in 1837. In 1846, Sam Houston died in his Huntsville home. He was buried in Huntsville. Construction began on the Huntsville State Penitentiary in 1847. The first inmates arrived in 1849. In 1879, the Sam Houston Normal Institute, which later became Sam Houston State University, opened.
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Huntsville has several attractions, starting with the 67-foot tall statue of Sam Houston, which is the tallest statue of an American hero. The Sam Houston Memorial Museum, Sam Houston State University, Sam Houston National Forest, Huntsville State Park and the Blue Hole are other major area attractions.