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Texas Treasures
1 Texas Treasures: SHSU Ring Ceremony

When Sam Houston joined the U.S. Army in 1813, his mother Elizabeth Houston understood her son’s decision. She called Sam to her side and handed him a musket saying, “Never disgrace it—for remember, I had rather all my sons should fill one honorable grave, than one of them should turn his back to save his life.” She told him to always remember…

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1 Texas Treasures: Old Town Theatre

Old Town Theatre, now known as J. Philip Gibbs, Jr. Centre for the Performing Arts, stands at 1023 12th street amid the historic buildings of town square in Huntsville. The theatre was originally…

Texas Treasures
1 Texas Treasures: Newman’s Castle

On arriving, we join the crowd gathered at the front, awaiting Mr. Newman’s arrival from inside the castle. His personal home is surrounded by a moat covered in lily pads, with a tall tower at each corner of the castle. He walks out over the drawbridge and introduces himself to the crowd, wearing a crown and wielding a sword. Referring to himself as…

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2 Texas Treasures: Roberts-Farris Cabin

Built in 1840, constructed of pine rafters and hand-split shingles, the Roberts-Farris Cabin, located on the Square in downtown Huntsville, is not a typical Welcome Center.
Hezekiah Farris, a Tennessee native who moved to the area now known as Walker County in 1835 to stake his claim on the opportunity for free land, ended up being recruited to fight alongside General Sam Houston…

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