Huntsville is located in the southeastern part of the state of Texas and a city and seat of Walker County, which is about 72 miles from the northern part of Houston. The area was originally founded as a trading post that was established by Pleasant Gray in 1835 and named it after his hometown in Alabama. The area’s economic activities were primarily in farming and stock-raising which has become economically significant, however, lumbering has become a major activity, based on the vast tracts of the pine trees that have been covering much of the county. The first president of the Republic of Texas, General Sam Houston, took his residence in 18467 at Raven Hill. After he died, his personal belongings and artifacts have been preserved in the Sam Houston State University in the memorial park that can be found inside the campus.
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