December 19, 2006

Huntsville

Huntsville (68 miles N of Houston, 165 miles S of Dallas) is where Sam Houston was buried, and it is the home of Sam Houston State University. It is also the County Seat of Walker County, in East Texas.

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The Sam Houston Statue (on I-45) is 67-feet. The life size model can be seen at the Sam Houston State University library.

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My pictures:

Town Theater



Laura (1944), Paradise Canyon (1935)

Cafe Texan


The Roche Building

"Sam Houston Whittling Sight", a.k.a. The Roche Building

downtown murals:

Huddie William "Lead Belly" Ledbetter (he spent some time in a Huntsville prison)

4 comments:

Lisa said...

Awesome post. I had no idea there was that cool Leadbelly mural, *or* a commemorative plaque for Sam Houston's whittling.

Have you seen the giant presidential heads sculpted by David Adickes, who did the Sam Houston statue? He has a workshop in Houston where you can just go in there and see them. They're amazing! I swear I read on Houstonist that he is doing a giant outdoor sculpture of the Beatles in Houston, but the site is down today and I can't ckeck my facts.

Chris said...

Thanks, lisa! Yeah, I thought the whittling memorial plaque was a nice touch.

I can't wait to see those Beatles sculptures when he is done. The Houston Chronicle had a story about it a few months ago, and I had the impression he was nearly done with the "George."

The Pine Blogger said...

Such and awesome site. I love the "Laura" poster.

Chris said...

Yes, it was awesome. The movie posters are sitting on that fine line between tacky and cool. I think they just manage to be on the cool side, too.