Price of Liberty - Texas Governor Series LbNA # 28464
|Placed Date||Jan 26 2007|
Marion Price Daniel, Sr. was the thirty-eighth governor of Texas. He was born October 10, 1910, in Dayton, Texas. He practiced law in Liberty County and was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1939. He was elected speaker in 1943. He served in the army during World War II in the Pacific and Japan. Upon his return he became the youngest state attorney general in the United States. He was elected to the U. S. Senate in 1952. He once said “I would rather be Governor of Texas than President of the United States” and in 1957 he got his wish. A devoted student of history, Daniel established the Texas State Library and Archives Building and helped design the facility himself. He held more offices of public trust than anyone else in Texas history. He died August 25, 1988 and is buried in the Old Daniel Cemetery in Liberty.
From the Houston area, take U. S. 90 east to the town of Liberty. Turn left at Loop 227 (Main St.) and go north several blocks to the Liberty County Courthouse. From the courthouse, continue on Main Street 3.2 north. Look for a green sign on your right which points left to the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center. Turn left onto FM 1011 (Governor’s Road) and go 0.7 miles to the library. They are open from 8 til 5 Monday through Saturday. It is well worth visiting. The Price Daniel home (www.tsl.state.tx.us/shc/pdhouse.html) sits next to the library and has an historical marker in front. Tours of the house are given by appointment. When you are ready to find the box, drive out the gate and turn right onto Governor’s Rd. In about 1/4 mile you will see two small cemeteries on the right, adjacent to each other. One is the Hardin Cemetery and the other is the Old Daniel Cemetery, and is marked only by a “D” on the gate. There are only 3 headstones in the cemetery. Park on the side of the road. We parked in front of a gate a few yards away, but that might be a private drive.
To the box:
The gate isn’t locked, so feel free to go in and visit if you like. While facing the gate, look to the right along the black iron fence to the corner post. Next to that post is a tree which serves as a post for a barbed wire fence. Look at the base of that tree for the letterbox, which can be reached from either side of the fence. Be careful of that barbed wire.