Details for Steamboat House (Atlas Number 5471008474)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5471008474


Marker Number 8474
Atlas Number 5471008474
Marker Title Steamboat House
Index Entry Steamboat House
County Walker
UTM Zone 15
UTM Easting 255525
UTM Northing 3400752
Subject Codes houses, residential buildings
Marker Year 1964
Designations Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Marker Location Sam Houston Memorial Museum
Marker Size Medallion and Plate
Marker Text Built in 1858 by Dr. Rufus Bailey, 1858-62 president of Austin College, as a wedding gift for son. Unusual house caused such joking, however, the couple refused to live in it. In 1862, after Sam Houston left governorship of Texas, he rented Steamboat House, and here he died in 1863. His funeral was held in the upstairs parlor. In 1933 Houston businessman J. E. Josey bought house and gave it to state. Texas Centennial Commission restored building, moved it here 1936.