“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Houston in Harris County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Pioneer Memorial Log House

Pioneer Memorial Log House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, November 15, 2020
1. Pioneer Memorial Log House and Marker

Conceived by the San Jacinto Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (SJCDRT), the Pioneer Memorial Log House was created to commemorate Texas' 1936 Centennial. Designed by the SJCDRT and a Houston architect to model an authentic pioneer cabin, the structure served as both a Chapter home and a hospitality house.

Despite difficult economic times, the SJCDRT raised all funds for the structure. Land was donated by the city of Houston, and pine logs came from the property of the President of the Sons of the Republic of Texas. Rather than relinquish their hard-won monies to the city as required by the Public Works Administration, the SJCDRT hired a contractor and laborers independently.

Craftsmen painstakingly pieced together the hand-notched logs and built the chimney with stones taken from historic Texas structures and buildings associated with famous Texans. Other notable original features of the house include the three-bay front porch, gable roof, exposed rafter ends, and double door primary entrance. Dedicated on March 2, 1936, the 100th anniversary of Texas independence, the Pioneer Memorial Log House
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continued to serve beyond Texas' Centennial year. The home is host to historic, patriotic, educational, and civic groups.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1997
Erected 1997 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 12051.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureWar, Texas Independence. A significant day of the year for for this entry is May 31.
Location. 29° 42.724′ N, 95° 23.621′ W. Marker is in Houston, Texas, in Harris County. Marker is on Cambridge Street north of Lamar Flemming Street. The marker is on the wall left of the entrance to the cabin. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Houston TX 77030, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Holcombe House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Rice University (approx. half a mile away); General Sam Houston (approx. 0.7 miles away); Southend Water Pumping Station (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Garden Club of Houston (approx. 0.9 miles away); St. Paul's United Methodist Church (approx. one mile away); W. L. and Susan Clayton (approx. one mile away); Clayton House (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Houston.
More about this marker. The marker may be visible from the street but it is in deep shadow from roof and trees.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 19, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 16, 2020, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 39 times since then. Photo   1. submitted on November 16, 2020, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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Mar. 8, 2021