Trade center for prosperous lumber and agricultural district of
fertile Trinity River Valley; seat of Polk County. Established
1846, named by founder Moses L. Choate for his former home in
Alabama. Oil discovered in the 1940s.
- ALABAMA-COUSHATTA INDIAN RESERVATION-Home of Alabama
and Coushatta Indians, part of Southern forest tribes, in dense,
wooded area known as the Big Thicket. Sam Houston, a staunch
friend of Indians, was influential in having reservation created
in 1850s. excellent visitor program today features Living Indian
Village where tribal members employ traditional skills to make
jewelry, baskets, and leather items; Big Thicket tours via swamp
buggy and miniature railroad; museum and crafts shop; colorful
tribal dances, and Inn of 12 Clans Restaurant offering customary
fare plus pitcooked barbecue and traditional Indian foods. Scenic
camping areas, fishing lake, swimming. June - Aug. open Mon.
- Sat. 10 a.m. -6 p.m.; Sun. 12:30 - 5 p.m. (Mar. -May & Sept.
- Nov. open weekends.) Closed entirely Dec. - Feb. Tour fee.
- LAKE LIVINGSTON STATE PARK-640 acres on the east shoreline
of Lake Livingston among pine and hardwood forest. Facilities
include multiuse campsites with hookups, screened shelters, group
trailer sites and shelter, boat ramps, bait-house store, gas and
floating docks, rest rooms, showers, and dump station. Visitors
enjoy boating, fishing, swimming, water skiing, hiking, and nature
trails. About 7 miles southwest of Livingston; U.S. 59 via F.M.
1988 southwest; F.M. 3126 north to Park Rd. 65 Admission.
- POLK COUNTY MUSEUM- Historical items including Early
American glassware, coins and stamps, jewelry, Indian artifacts
and crafts, and 1700s candelabrum from the White House. Open
Mon. - Fri. 1-5 p.m. 601 W. Church St.
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