The first time you head south on I-45 to Houston you get a big wake up call when "the world's tallest statue of an American hero" pops out of nowhere to say "Howdy!" The 67 foot tall Sam Houston statue in Huntsville is hidden by trees as you approach from the north and seems to appear out of nowhere (it's more visible from a distance when you approach from the south):
The statue has its own Visitor's Center and, you guessed it, gift shop. So we pulled over and headed inside to do a little shopping and here's our Top 5 List of what we found:
5. Sam Houston Statue Moonshine Hot Sauce
Yeah, I know that these types of gift shop food items all come from the the same place and just get custom labels but things little beauties still appeal to me. I like knowing that if you wanted Sam Houston Statue branded hot sauce with a "moonshine" theme, then the world has provided you with that option.
4. Texas Shaped Flask
Texas has a unique shape which lends itself to merchandising like belt buckles or bolo ties but it never occurred to me that it would lend itself to a drinking apparatus. But if you need an accessory for your secret drinking problem then you might as well get one that shows off your Texas pride.
3. Texas Monuments Notepad
When jotting down your grocery list or your "Honey-Do" List it's important to be reminded that everything is bigger in Texas. These handy pads show off the Sam Houston Statue, the State Capitol building and the San Jacinto Monument. They're so big they don't leave a lot of room to write.
2. "How Tall is Big Sam?" Postcard
If you can't tell already, size matters in Texas. And it REALLY matters in Huntsville, TX where a big claim to fame is "Big Sam." On this card he lands smack in the middle between other statues in Texas and the United States. You'll notice that the Dallas Zoo Giraffe statue is not listed since there's a little bit of controversy and possibly bad blood between the two Texas giants.
1. Sam Houston Statue Christmas Tree Ornament
If you love the Sam Houston Statue as much as I do then you'll definitely want to incorporate it into the holidays. This little guy would like great on the tree in between the J.R. Ewing ornament and the Big Tex ornament. Pass the Hot Dr Pepper!