- Huntsville, Texas
official_name = Huntsville, Texas
nickname = Huntsvegas
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map_caption = Location of Huntsville, Texas
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area_total_km2 = 80.9
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area_water_km2 = 0.9
area_total_sq_mi = 31.2
area_land_sq_mi = 30.9
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population_as_of = 2000
population_total = 35078
population_density_km2 = 438.3
population_density_sq_mi = 1135.1
timezone = Central (CST)
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elevation_m = 113
elevation_ft = 371
latd = 30 |latm = 43 |lats = 23.98 |latNS = N
longd = 95 |longm = 33 |longs = 3.44 |longEW = W
Huntsville is located in the
East TexasPiney Woods on the Interstate 45corridor between Houston and Dallas. Huntsville is home to Sam Houston State University, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Huntsville State Park, the HEARTS Veterans Museum of Texas, and the Texas Prison Museum. It also served as the residence of Sam Houston(the noted Texas general, elected leader, and statesman), who is recognized in Huntsville by the Sam Houston Memorial Museum and also by an enormous statue on Interstate 45.
Huntsville is the headquarters of the
Texas Department of Criminal Justice(the only state agency with headquarters outside of Austin). The Huntsville Prison, also known as the "Walls Unit" due to the large, imposing walls surrounding the facility, houses the state's execution chamber. (Due to escapes from the prison, the male death rowwas relocated to the Polunsky Unitnear Livingston, Texas; the female death row is located at the Mountain View Unitnear Gatesville, Texas.)
In reference to its prison, "Huntsville" is the title and subject of a
country musicsong by Merle Haggard, on the album, Someday We'll Look Back.
The city had its beginning about 1836, when Pleasant and Ephraim Gray opened a trading post on the site. Ephraim Gray became first postmaster in 1837, naming it after his former home town, Huntsville in Madison County,
Alabama. (Ironically, "Madison County" is also the name of an adjacent Texas County.)
Huntsville became the home of
Sam Houston, who served as President of the Republic of Texas, Governor of the State of Texas, Governor of Tennessee, U.S. Senator, and Tennessee congressman. General Houston led the Texas Army in the Battle of San Jacinto- the decisive victory of the Texas Revolution. Houston has been noted for his life among the Cherokees of Tennessee, and - near the end of his life - for his opposition to the American Civil War, a position which was a very unpopular in his day. Located in Huntsville are two of Houston's homes, his grave, and the Sam Houston Memorial Museum. Houston's life in Huntsville is also commemorated by his namesake Sam Houston State University, and by a convert|67|ft|m|abbr=on. statue. (The towering statue, "Tribute to Courage" by artist David Adickes, has been described as the world's largest statue of an American hero, and is easily viewed by travelers on Interstate 45.)
Huntsville was also the home of
Samuel Walker Houston(1864-1945), [ [http://www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online/articles/HH/fhobs.html Handbook of Texas Online] accessed April 29, 2007] a prominent African-American pioneer in the field of education. He was born into slaveryon February 12, 1864to Joshua Houston, a slave owned by Sam Houston. Samuel W. Houston founded the Galilee Community School in 1907, which later became known as the Houstonian Normal and Industrial Institute, in Walker County, Texas.
In 1995, on the grounds of the old Samuel W. Houston Elementary School, the
Huntsville Independent School District, along with the Huntsville Arts Commission [ [http://wynnehomeartscenter.com/art_tour.html Art Tour of Huntsville] accessed April 29, 2007] and the high school's Ex-Students Association, commissioned the creation of "The Dreamers", a monument to underscore the contributions made by the black community in the growth and development of Huntsville and Walker County.
Huntsville is located at coor dms|30|42|41|N|95|32|54|W|city (30.711254, -95.548373)GR|1.
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 31.2 square miles (80.9 km²), of which, 30.9 square miles (80.0 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.9 km²) of it (1.09%) is water.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 35,078 people, 10,266 households, and 5,471 families residing in the city. The population densitywas 1,135.1 people per square mile (438.3/km²). There were 11,508 housing units at an average density of 372.4/sq mi (143.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 65.78% White, 26.14% African American, 0.33% Native American, 1.11% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 4.91% from other races, and 1.65% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 16.22% of the population.
There were 10,266 households out of which 25.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.0% were married couples living together, 12.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 46.7% were non-families. 30.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.97.
In the city the population was spread out with 15.1% under the age of 18, 29.3% from 18 to 24, 30.8% from 25 to 44, 16.3% from 45 to 64, and 8.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 28 years. For every 100 females there were 152.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 163.8 males. The prison population is included in the city's population, which results in a significantly skewed sex ratio.
The median income for a household in the city was $27,075, and the median income for a family was $40,562. Males had a median income of $27,386 versus $22,908 for females. The
per capita incomefor the city was $13,576. About 13.1% of families and 23.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.9% of those under age 18 and 14.7% of those age 65 or over.
The City of Huntsville is served by the
Huntsville Independent School District, the first location for Austin Collegeand is also the home of Sam Houston State University.
* Huntsville is featured on the
August 29, 2004episode entitled "Crimes and Punishment" of the History Channel series Weird U.S.
* In the series finale of the WB Series
Jack & Bobbyit is revealed that the titular characters' father is imprisoned in Huntsville.
* Huntsville also has eight prisons in its area. One most notable being the Huntsville Unit, which has executed more offenders than any other state prison in the United States.
* [http://southwesternconsolidated.com/book/community_connect.asp Huntsville Area Yellow Pages]
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