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Huntsville in Walker County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

The Sam Houston Monument

 
 
Sam Houston Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, June 3, 1998
1. Sam Houston Monument Marker
Inscription. The present monument was erected by the State of Texas and unveiled on April 21, 1911, the 75th anniversary of the Battle of San Jacinto. Among several thousand spectators present were Houston family members, State officials, the two surviving veterans of San Jacinto, and descendants of prominent early Texans. Dedicatory addresses were by noted orator William Jennings Bryan of Nebraska and Texas Senator McDonald Meachum of nearby Grimes County, who sponsored legislation for the $10,000 gray Texas granite monument by Italian Sculptor Pompeo Coppini, whose other works include the Alamo cenotaph. Sam Houston is seen as the General in Command of the Texas army, flanked by symbolic figures of victory and history, who holds the first chapter of Texas history. Andrew Jackson’s words were from a tribute made after the Battle of San Jacinto. Coppini also designed the black iron fence featuring Roman battle axes, inverted to indicate and end of fighting, connected by laurel wreaths signifying the Texan victory.
Placed by the Citizens of Huntsville in recognition of the Sam Houston Bicentennial

 
Erected by Citizens of Huntsville.
 
Location. 30° 43.59′ N, 95° 32.814′ W. Marker is in Huntsville, Texas, in
Sam Houston Monument-Side 1 image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, June 3, 1998
2. Sam Houston Monument-Side 1
Walker County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Avenue 1 and 9th Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. The marker is located in Oakwood Cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Huntsville TX 77320, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Death of Sam Houston (here, next to this marker); James Addison Baker (a few steps from this marker); Joshua Houston (within shouting distance of this marker); Oakwood Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Sam Houston (within shouting distance of this marker); Union Soldiers Graves (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Charles Norton Shaver (about 600 feet away); Harry Fishburne Estill (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Huntsville.
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesPoliticsWar, Texas Independence
 
Sam Houston Grave Side 1 image. Click for full size.
By Frankie, April 23, 2015
3. Sam Houston Grave Side 1
Sam Houston Grave Side 2 image. Click for full size.
By Frankie, April 23, 2015
4. Sam Houston Grave Side 2
The Sam Houston Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
By Frankie, April 23, 2015
5. The Sam Houston Monument Marker
Inscriptions on the Sam Houston Monument The Sam Houston Monument was executed in San Antonio from the sculptor's plaster cast. The inscriptions were composed by Sam Houston's youngest daughter, Antoinette (Mrs. "Nettie" Houston Bringhurst), and approved by other family members. When the monument was delivered for the 1911 ceremonies, it was found that the word "governor" had been misspelled. The only correction that could be made quickly was to smooth the area and abbreviate the word as "Gov'nor". Placed by the citizens of Huntsville, in Recognition of the Sam Houston Bicentential
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 11, 2018. This page originally submitted on April 9, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 357 times since then and 70 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 9, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland.   3, 4, 5. submitted on July 6, 2018. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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