WalkerCountyis one of the most historic counties in Texas.Best known as the home of General Sam
Houston, hero of the Texas Revolution and the leading political figure in earlyTexas, WalkerCountyis brimming with history aside from General Houston.WalkerCounty?s principal city Huntsville founded in 1835 was the leading cultural center
of Texasprior to the Civil War.Leaders in law,
education and business flocked to Huntsville and
seeded other parts of Texasas it developed in the 19th and 20th Centuries. Huntsville has a
population of 35,078.Located in town
are two of Sam Houston?s homes, a museum, and a 66 foot statue which is the
tallest statue of an American hero in the world.
Normal Institute, now known as SamHoustonStateUniversity, was founded in 1879 on the
site of the former AustinCollege.It preceded both the University of Texasand Texas A & M.Sam Houston is one
of the fastest growing colleges with a student population of 17,214.SHSU offers 79 bachelor?s programs, 54
master?s programs and five doctoral programs, including recognized programs in
Business, Fine Arts, Education, Mathematics and Criminal Justice.
Huntsville is the headquarters for Texas Department of
Criminal Justice (the only state agency with headquarters outside of Austin.) The Texas
Department of Criminal Justice offers employment opportunities in many
professional and technical areas.