Blanchard, Texas

Blanchard is located 82 miles north of Houston in Polk County. It is a quiet community, and is relatively small with a population of 200 year round residents.

Many of Blanchard’s homes are located on the shores of Lake Livingston. It is a perfect place to relax, and enjoy fishing and water sports. While visiting Blanchard you can usually enjoy the prettiest blue water located within Lake Livingston. Blanchard has a wonderful small park for picnics and launching your boat.

If you enjoy fishing, Blanchard is a great place to catch white bass. Old highway 190 goes into the water at Blanchard Park. White Bass fishing is great along this highway.

Blanchard is about 6 miles from the town of Livingston, where you can enjoy shopping, and dining.


Coldspring, Texas

Coldspring is the county seat of San Jacinto County. It is located 70 miles north of Houston. Coldspring is located near Lake Livingston. It is a perfect place to go camping. Almost 85% of the land around Coldspring is National Forest. Coldspring is a small town with a population of 691.

In downtown Coldspring you can enjoy shopping for gifts, antiques and collectables, or dine in one of their 8 restaurants.

If you like genealogy, visit the Coldpsring Courthouse. You can find several different types of old records at the couthouse including land records, probate, and marriage records.

Coldspring is the home of the San Jacinto County Fair and Rodeo in September. It also hosts a varient of festivals and events throughout the year. Every fourth Saturday from March through November Trades Day are held at the San Jacinto County Courthouse Square.
Coldspring is rich in area history. There are over 2 dozen historical markers. Take a trip to Coldspring’s old town. There you can see old buildings, and get an idea of how it was to live in early Texas. You can see Jackson’s General Store which was built in 1870, Ellisors corn crib was built in 1840, Camilla’s post office which was built in 1927, the Old Waverly two room schoolhouse, and an old house, and a quilt shop. Just a few steps way you can see th Old San Jacinto County Jail which was built in 1886. In the opposite direction is the Hangmans Tree.

Huntsville, Texas

Huntsville is a town that has something everyone. It is the county seat of Walker County, and the home of the Walker County Fairgrounds. Texas State Penitentiary is located in Huntsville. It is the home of Sam Houston State University. Located just south of Huntsville is the Sam Houston Visitors Center and Statue.

Huntsville is located approximately 70 miles north of Houston and 171 miles south east of Dallas. It is surrounded by forests, several lakes, and ranch land.

Huntsville is one of the larger towns around the Lake Livingston area. Downtown is home to antique stores, galleries, shops and museums.

If you like museums, you can visit the Sam Houston Memorial Museum Complex, Texas Prison Museum, Gibbs-Powell Home Museum, and H.E.A.R.T.S. Veteran Museum.

With over 30 places to eat, you will never go hungry. It has several department stores including Baskin’s, Beals, JC Penny’s, Sears and Walmart. If you need a place to stay, Huntsville has 9 hotels, and 9 bed and breakfast.

Huntsville State Park is 2000 acres that adjoins the Sam Houston National Forest. You can enjoy hiking, biking, camping, and nature viewing. If you are interested in diving, you can dive at the Blue Lagoon Dive Center.

According to the 2000 census the population of Huntsville is 35,078.

Texas greatest hero, General Sam Houston lived in Huntsville and is buried in Oakwood Cemetery. Each year visitors come to Huntsville to visit the monument, and pay respects to his grave. You can also visit the Sam Houston Visitors Center and Statue located just south of Huntsville.

Sam Houston State University is located in Huntsville. Approximately 13,000 students are enrolled each year. The university offers 84 undergraduate degree programs, 57 masters’ programs, and doctoral programs in Criminal Justice, Educational Leadership, and Forensic Psychology.

Livingston, Texas

Livingston is located just 15 miles west of Lake Livingston on US Highway 190 and 75 miles north of Houston. It is now the county seat of Polk County. The only Indian reservation in Texas, the Alabama-Coushatta tribe, is located near here.

In October 2002, Livingston celebrated it’s 100th birthday.

Livingston has continued to grow, and is the largest town in Polk County. It has over 40 restaurants, 9 hotels. Shopping includes, Baskins, Sears, Van Huesen Factory Outlet, and Walmart Superstore.

The Barney Wiggins Memorial Park is located on the south side of Livingston and serves as the Polk County Fairgrounds.

Rainbow’s End Escapees Club National Headquarters is located south of Livingston. Many people enjoy the RV facilities located here.

Livingston is rich in history. It was founded in 1846 and incorporated 1902. Livingston is the home of several historical markers.

Polk County Museum is located at 514 West Mill Street in Livingston. It is one of the finest small museums of local history.

During Civil War, it had only 600 voters in 1860 but sent 900 soldiers into the Confederate Army. Throughout the war, old men, women, children and slaves produced food and cotton for support of the war effort.The Civil War was supported by all, even Cheif John Scott of the Alabama-Coushatta tribe fought in the Civil War. Join Livingston in the Civil War Re-enactment each year at Pedrigo Park.

Livingston is the birthplace of Margo Jones, who is famous for directing “The Glass Menagerie.”

Livingston has recently built a $25,000,000 state-of-the-art hospital. It continues to grow in the healthcare industry. Livingston also offers a nursing facility.

In 1990 the population was 5,019.

The Polk County Enterprise, established in 1905, continues to serve Livingston and Polk County residents

Onalaska, Texas

One could say that the heart of Lake Livingston is Onalaska. It is located on a peninsula extending out into the lake. Onalaska has the Trinity river bed on the east side, and Kickapoo creek on the other. Many pictures that are associated with Lake Livingston are taken of the bridge that crosses Lake Livingston at Onalaska.

Onalaska is the home of many communities that are located on the shores of Lake Livingston. It’s location 80 miles north of Houston, and 200 miles south east of Dallas, makes it an ideal place for weekend or vacation homes.

While visiting Lake Livingston, Onalaska is a perfect place to stop. You have several restaurants, nearby campgrounds, marina’s, and a motel.

Great fishing can be found by the bridge that crosses Lake Livingston. The old Hwy 190 roadbed is also near by, which is a great place to catch fish. It is also a great place for water sports. When the wind is making waves on one side of the bridge, the other side can be calm. If you have a boat, a public boat ramp is located on the south east corner of the bridge.

On rare occassions in some of the coves that have a creek near Onalaska you may catch a glimpse of an alligator. Most of the time, the alligators are content on living in the creeks, and they generally do not venture into the main lake area. Most alligators, tend to stay away from humans, but if you do see an alligator, never appoarch it. Always enjoy the view from a distance.

Onalaska is rich in history. The town was founded in 1840 as a farming community. With the arrival of the Carlisle mill, the population in Onalaska grew. It became known as the largest sawmill in Texas. When the forest depleted in 1920, the sawmill closed, and Onalaska became a small Texas town. When Lake Livingston was completed in 1969, Onalaska once again began to grow.

Wildlife can be found in the woods near Onalaska. Most of the time, the homes around the lake see the everyday wildlife like squirrels, and turtles. At night time, you may see possums, and armadillos.

If you like viewing birds, Onalaska is a great place. You can find igrets, ducks, hawks, cardinals, blue jays, and occassionaly an eagle. Many of the homes around the lake have humming bird feeders. The humming birds usually start visiting in early May, and leave the lake area around the end of Sept.

Point Blank, Texas

Point Blank is located 85 miles north of Houston. It’s population of 559 which makes it the third largest town in San Jacinto County.

Point Blank has its own Post Office, Library with high speed internet access, San Jacinto County Annex 4 building, and a fire department that has a helicoptor landing pad.

Most of the housing in Point Blank is located on or near the shores of Lake Livingston. It is a perfect place to relax, and fish, or enjoy watersports.

Point Blank was originally called Blanc Point. It was named by a Florence Dissiway, the governess of R. T. and Henry Robinson. R. T. Robinson established the first store in Blanc Point. The first post office was established in 1884. The population remained stable at 75 until Lake Livingston was built.

Point Blank was the home of Govener George Taylor Wood. In 1839, he moved with family to Texas, settling in this area. He was a member of 6th Congress of the Republic of Texas.

Many of the small coves located in Point Blank are great places to fish. Old Hwy 190 roadbed goes into the water in Point Blank, which is always a great place to find fish.

Riverside, Texas

Riverside is a small town with a population of about 500. It is located about 80 miles north of Houston or 180 miles south east of Dallas in Walker County. The town is in the Piney Woods near the north shores of Lake Livington. Wildlife is abundant in the area, so you can enjoy watching many of the local deer, fox, and reptiles. Tourists can enjoy camping at one of the nearby campgrounds, watersports, and fishing.

Since Riverside is located on the Trinity River bed, you can catch a wide variety of fish. Black Bass, Crappie, Catfish and White Bass can be found in all sizes in the creeks near Riverside.

Trinity, Texas

The unoffical name of Trinity is Trinity Peninsula. Trinity is surrounded by three sides of Lake Livingston. The Sam Houston and Davy Crocket Natonal Forest is nearby. Trinity can offer a great day of fishing. With approxitately 40,000 acres of private and National Forest hunting is available for deer and other game.

Trinity is located on the north side of Lake Livingston in Trinity County. It is the largest town along the shores of Lake Livingston. Trinity is a growing community which offers small town charm. Trinity has population of 2,721. It is a melting pot of longtime residents and people who have moved in from all over the country. Young and old alike can enjoy living in Trinity.

You can enjoy gift, or antique shopping. If your hungry, you can eat at one of their 16 restaurants, or stay in their hotel or bed and breakfast. Trinity has the only hospital that is located very close to the lake.
Camp Cullen, a YMCA Camp and Camp Olympia are located near Trinity. Both camps are assicoated with the Houston independent School District. Visitors can enjoy swimming, water sports, and horseback riding.
For those looking for the paranormal, the Parker House, claims to have ghosts. It was featured in the book titled “Texas Guide to Haunted Restaurants, Taverns and Inns.” by Robert Wlodarski and Jane Powell Wlodarski. Visitors have reported doors opening and closing, and lights going on and off by themselves. Others have said that they have had the sensation of being touched.