Over a period of tens of thousands of years, God created one of the most beautiful places on Planet Eden. Seven lovely hills covered with a magnificent forest of oaks, hickories, magnolias, pines, and hundreds of other species of trees, flowering shrubs, wildflowers, fruitful vines, and other examples of God’s Creation, descended to crystal cool spring-fed creeks teaming with fish.

Oases of meadows and prairies dotted the incredibly beautiful landscape. When the first Native Americans arrived they found this place to be their special corner of Eden. The forests and meadows were teeming with deer, bison, bears, and rabbits. The springs and creeks were teeming with ducks and fish. The trees were laden with pecans, walnuts, grapes, and honey. 

By the 1830’s, this special place had been found by Anglo-settlers and a town emerged and grew into Huntsville, Texas.

Over the course of subsequent years, ignorance, greed, and disrespect for God’s gift and the example set by Sam Houston, have all but destroyed the original beauty of Huntsville. Today, more than ever, the last remnants which reflect, “Huntsville Beautiful” are threatened by insensitive government officials, developers, and advocates of growth at any cost.

Huntsville’s most famous citizen was one of the few men of his era to have a profound respect for Native Americans and their culture. He was one of the very few pioneers who did not immediately clear his land of its forest cover to plant cotton and other crops. He loved nature and he loved beauty. If subsequent prominent and influential citizens had respected first God’s legacy and then Sam Houston’s, Huntsville would no doubt still be the most beautiful town in Texas.

Fortunately all of Huntsville’s former beauty has not yet been lost or destroyed. Below are a few examples of remnants of “Huntsville Beautiful” which still exist—at least for the moment:

1. The seven acres surrounding Sam Houston’s Woodland Home.
2. Oakwood Cemetery.
3. The 19th Street area in what was a part of Sam Houston’s Homestead known as “Russellville”.
4. The tiny natural stream remnant behind the building at 1220 Sam Houston Ave.
5. The park at ‘Founder’s Spring’ at University Avenue and 10th Street.
6. The historic district along University Avenue between Sam Houston State University and the downtown square.

There are still a few wooded areas which have yet to be bulldozed in the name of what Huntsville’s oligarchy calls “PROGRESS” and a few other pockets of beauty which have not met a similar fate.

Anyone wishing to see tiny remnants of what was once “Huntsville Beautiful” are encouraged to hurry for the boosters, planners, leaders, economists, growth worshipers, and developers are franticly working to make sure that their buddies in the concrete, asphalt, timber, trailer house, and metallic building businesses are made rich, fat, and happy at the expense of the remaining remnants of “Huntsville Beautiful”.

THE UNIVERSAL ETHICIAN CHURCH is working to instill in the citizens of Huntsville a new respect for God and the great works of Creation with which He has blessed us.

Visit our bird and butterfly sanctuaries at the corner of Sam Houston Avenue and 16th Street, the corner of Avenue O and 17th Street, and in the yards of the historic 19th Street and University Avenue areas.


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