Huntsville in Walker County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Sam Houston Whittling Site
This corner was a favorite site where General Sam Houston sat in a special hide-bottom chair to whittle small objects and talk with customers at the General Mercantile Store owned by his friends Thomas and Sandford Gibbs. Early records of the company indicated that the Gibbs brothers extended credit to the Houston family for their household purchases. General Houstonís whittling knife and samples of his creations carved from white pine and other soft woods are located at the Sam Houston Memorial Museum.
Erected 1993 by Citizens of Huntsville in Recognition of the Sam Houston Bicentennial.
Location. 30° 43.433′ N, 95° 33.08′ W. Marker is in Huntsville, Texas, in Walker County. Marker is at the intersection of 11th Street (U.S. 190) and North Sam Houston Avenue (State Highway 75), on the right when traveling west on 11th Street. Touch for map. Stand-alone marker on a pole, located in front of the Old Gibbs Store, at the southwest corner of the building. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1118 11th Street, Huntsville TX 77340, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Gibbs Store (here, next to this marker); Site of First Masonic Lodge Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Walker County (within shouting distance of this marker); Cornerstone of the Fourth Courthouse (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Five Courthouses of Walker County (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Walker County (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Sam Houston Whittling Site (about 400 feet away); Henry Opera House (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Huntsville.
More about this marker. Sam Houston Bicentennial Birthday Celebration Marker - 1993
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1. Sam Houston.
Sam Houston was an American soldier and politician. His victory at the Battle of San Jacinto secured the independence of Texas from Mexico in one of the shortest decisive battles in modern history. He was also the only governor within a future Confederate state to oppose secession (which led to the outbreak of the American Civil War) and to refuse an oath of allegiance to the Confederacy, a decision that led to his removal from office by the Texas secession convention. (Submitted on December 24, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Little-known Facts About Sam Houston.
Houston loved to deck himself out, sometimes even appearing at official government meetings in full Cherokee attire. Houston earned that right. He lived amongst the Cherokee on multiple occasions, had been adopted into the tribe, and fought (with little success, in the end) to preserve their rights. While with the Cherokee, Houston picked up the habit of whittling, make him a crafty artisan. (Submitted on December 24, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. Carvings by Sam Houston.
Whittling was a favorite pastime of Houstonís and these small items are surviving pieces of his handiwork. The letter opener was carved while he was in the U.S. Senate. These items are at the Sam Houston Memorial Museum in Huntsville, Texas. (Submitted on December 24, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
4. Texas Treasures: Gibbs Brothers.
In the early years, the business operated in the form of a mercantile store. Supplies were scarce in frontier towns, and items such as coffee, rice, and nails were welcomed by residents in Huntsville and surrounding communities. (Submitted on December 24, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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