Huntsville is a city located in Walker County, Texas. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 35,078. Hunstville is the home of Sam Houston State University. It is the county seat of Walker County and is situated in East Texas.
Huntsville is particularly infamous because it houses the execution chamber of the state of Texas. Criminals are executed every year in Huntsville, and the death penalty practice has grown controversial. (Death-row inmates are no longer housed in Huntsville, due to the escape of several death-row inmates from Huntsville's Ellis Unit prison, where male death-row inmates were housed from 1965 to 1999. Male death-row inmates are now housed in Texas' Polunsky Unit in Livingston, and female death-row inmates are housed in Texas' Mountain View Unit in Gatesville. Texas death-row inmates are only brought to Huntsville shortly before their scheduled execution.)
Huntsville was the home of Sam Houston, the first President of the Republic of Texas, and later Governor of the state. Located in town are two of Houston's homes, a museum, a 66 ft statue, the Sam Houston State University, and Houston's grave. It is the title and subject of a country music song by Merle Haggard.
Web Sites and Links
Huntsville Academy - Handbook of Texas OnlineHistorical description of school for female education founded in 1846.
Huntsville Chamber of CommerceIncludes contact information, membership search, area information, and business directory.
Huntsville, TexasLocal guide to businesses and attractions