Sam's Memorial LbNA # 29711 (ARCHIVED)
|Placed Date||Apr 1 2007|
Terrain Difficulty: Easy (flat, 100 yards RT)
Status: reported missing
SPECIAL THANKS TO ANTMAN FOR HELP REPLACING THIS BOX
Sam Houston ("The Raven") was a prominent figure in Texas history. He defeated Santa Anna in the Texas War of Independence, became the first President of the Republic of Texas and, after Texas became a state, served first as its Senator and then Governor. The town of Huntsville is considered the "Home of Sam Houston" because he spent most of the last years of his life there. He first moved to Raven Hill Plantation, 13 miles east of Huntsville, in 1844, then moved into town at his Woodland Home in 1847. In 1858 he sold it and moved to Galveston until 1860, when he became Governor of Texas and moved to Austin. After being deposed as Governor for not swearing allegiance to the Confederacy, he moved back to Huntsville in 1862 and rented the Steamboat House, which had been built in 1858 by Dr. Rufus Bailey as a wedding present for his son. Sam Houston died here on July 26, 1863. Today you can visit the Steamboat House and Woodland Home at the Sam Houston Memorial Museum, where this microbox is hidden. It is open 9:00am - 4:30pm Tuesday through Saturday; noon - 4:30pm Sunday, and is free. You can also visit his grave at Oakwood Cemetery, just a few blocks away.
Huntsville is located about 75 miles north of Houston off I45. Take exit 114 and go north on the feeder road to 19th Street (Ward's Furniture is on the corner). Take a right onto 19th Street and continue to Sam Houston Ave (hwy 75). Turn left then soon turn left into the Sam Houston Memorial Museum where you can park.
Walk south away from the Memorial to a stone path that goes around to the left of the pond. Walk on it for about 50 yards until you come to a spring on the left with gray stone around it. Continue past it to a set of steps going up its right side. Climb to the top step and turn left, then go 5 steps to a medium tree. The camo microbox is hanging on the side of the tree about 3 feet high. Please rehide as described and be discreet since many visitors could be nearby.