I was passing through Huntsville on my way to Houston this weekend. When I noticed that the infamous Hunstville prison was located right along the highway. I didn’t notice any signs about picking up strangers but what captured my attention the most was this huge statue of Sam Houston. Not knowing nothing about this guy I googled him the first chance I had. And Mr. Houston turned out to be pretty interesting.

National Park carries his name
City of Houston named after him
Governor of 2 States
2nd wife was an Indian
Decorated war veteran
Houston was also a SLAVE OWNER (follow link below)


Bottom line they call him an American hero…I know in today’s society we can easliy find fault in other people especially if we don’t like them but are there any true American Hero’s left?? If so who??


  1. Anonymous July 24, 2006 3:46 pm 

    The abhorrent practice of slavery ended here back in 1865. Unfortunately slavery still exists in parts of the world today. People are still enslaved in parts of Africa, Europe, and in the Middle East. Let’s not forget, that in Haiti, in the early 20th century, voodoo witch doctors were using a formula that put people in a trance-like state and made them slaves, and it wasn’t the white colonists who were doing this either.

  2. Anonymous July 24, 2006 7:21 pm 

    Dumb ass my man is speaking about Sam Houston who died in 1863 which makes that 2 years before slavery ended. As far as hero’s all American soldiers fighting for a uncause war

  3. Anonymous July 24, 2006 9:11 pm 

    They will NEVER own up to anything they do EVER. They believe they are PERFECT and can do no wrong.

  4. Anonymous July 25, 2006 10:55 pm 

    You left a lot of things off of Houston’s resume.
    Houston was President of Texas before he was Governor.
    2 universities are named after him. He was a member of the Cherokee Nation, which is not common since he was WHITE!
    Sam Houston died an unpopular man because when he was Governor he was against Texas joining the Confederacy. Thanks for leaving that fact out.

    Without Sam Houston Mexico might still occupy the region we know as Texas, so that pretty much makes him a Texas and American Hero.

    But seriously Mr. G wants to know if there are any more heroes and I can’t think of one that would warrant a stuatue being built in honor for.

    One more thin- the prisons are are seen from I-45 are not infamous. You might be referring to the Walls unit which is where death row inmates are executed but that is not easily seen from the road. There are , like 7 prisons in Huntsville so NEVER pick up a hitch hiker when travelling through.

  5. Anonymous July 26, 2006 5:26 pm 

    Above poster

    As they say you learn something new everyday. Thanks for sharing the info and I will keep my doors locked

    Mike G

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