REMEMBERING

COLUMBIA

IN MEMORY OF THE STS-107

CREW AND SHUTTLE

PLAN YOUR VISIT

ATTRACTIONS

HISTORICAL

RESTAURANTS

LODGING

Arthur Temple Senior Memorial Library

The Arthur Temple Sr. Memorial Library was built in 1969 and renovated in 1995. Librarian Donna Nichols & staff serve the city of Pineland in Sabine County. The Arthur Temple Senior Memorial Library is located in Pineland, Texas.

 

J.R. Huffman Public Library

Since opening its doors in 1994 and becoming a member of the Houston Area Library System in 1995, the library has become a wonderful resource and attraction for the community. The library also offers a charming children's area with books and programs including Summer Readers Theater. Computers are available for public use as well as a variety of office equipment and services. Conference room with seating for 24 and theatre, which accommodates 100, is available for meetings.

 

McMahan Chapel

Located on Spur 35 off Highway 21 near Geneva. This is the oldest Protestant church that has had continuous service in Texas. The first church building was of logs built in 1837. The first pastor was Rev. Littleton Fowler. In compliance with his request, he was buried beneath the pulpit of the chapel. The second building was erected in 1872, the third in 1900, and the present landmark Chapel was completed in 1949. All these buildings have occupied the same spot in order that the grave of Rev. Fowler would not be disturbed. The Chapel is open every day to the public from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

Patricia Huffman Smith NASA “Remembering Columbia” Museum

The Patricia Huffman Smith NASA "Remembering Columbia" Museum opened to the public on February 1, 2011. The museum's opening was made possible by the generous donations of many. A special thanks to Albert "Al" Smith, the families of the Crew of STS-107 and NASA.

Columbia disintegrated over East Texas on its re-entry on its landing descent to Kennedy Space Center on February 1, 2003 at 8:59 a.m. EST at the conclusion of a microgravity research mission, Mission STS-107.

 

Columbia (OV-102), the first of NASA's orbiter fleet, made its maiden voyage on April 12, 1981. It proved the operational concept of a winged, re-useable spaceship by successfully completing the Orbital Flight Test Program missions STS-1 through STS-4.

 

The PHS Museum tour takes you on a journey through Columbia's first historical flight of STS-1 through its last mission of STS-107. It also provides a glimpse of the recovery of Columbia and the Crew of STS-107, along with the two who lost their lives in the recovery efforts. This museum has many items and artifacts from NASA and its contractors, the families of the crew of STS-107, as well as from other individuals.

 

The hours of operation are Tuesday-Saturday from 10:00 AM-5:00 PM and Sunday and Monday by appointment only (excluding holidays).

 

Sabine National Forest

Sabine National Forest was established in 1934.  There are 160,798 acres of forest land.  The Sabine National Forest consist of 64 acres in Jasper County, 95,454 acres in Sabine County, 59,212 acres in Shelby County and 1,781 acres in Newton County.

 

Sabine National Forest

The Moore Plantation, a Cooperative Wildlife Management Area, consists of 26,455 acres of the 95,454 acres of forest land located in Sabine County.

http://www.fs.usda.gov/texas/

 

Sam Rayburn Reservoir

Sabine County is home to two of America's most popular black bass fishing lakes, Toledo Bend and Sam Rayburn. Both lakes are surrounded in part by the lush green of the Angelina National Forest or the Sabine National Forest, giving the view from either lake a pristine horizon of tall pines and sturdy hardwoods.

 

Lake Sam Rayburn is approximately 79 miles long and is the largest reservoir that lies completely within the boundaries of Texas.  Lake Sam Rayburn also has approximately 600 miles of shoreline.

 

Managing these two lakes and the surrounding woodlands falls to several governing bodies including the Sabine River Authority, Texas Parks & Wildlife, US Forest Service, and the US Army Corps of Engineers.

 

Additionally, the lakes are home to a number of species of both game and protected birds including a variety of waterfowl and our National Bird, the Bald Eagle.

 

Toledo Bend Reservoir

Toledo Bend Reservoir is a reservoir on the Sabine River between Texas and Louisiana. The lake has an area of 185,000 acres, the largest man-made body of water in Texas, the largest in the South, and the fifth largest in the United States.  Toledo Bend, with its 1,200 miles (1,900 km) of shoreline, offers an almost unlimited opportunity for recreational development and is a major element in serving the growing demand for water oriented outdoor recreation. Both private and public facilities are available for swimming, boating, picnicking, fishing, camping, hunting, and sightseeing. The reservoir is a popular location for freshwater fishing with many clubs hosting tournaments.

 

Trail Between The Lakes

The Trail Between The Lakes is located in the southern portion of Sabine County. The trail is a 28-mile hiking trail that winds through the Sabine National Forest.  The trail is easy to follow.  It is marked with rectangular shaped tags that are attached to the trees at approximately 5 feet above the ground.  Vertical tags indicate that the trail continues straight ahead.  A single tag with the long side leaning to the left indicates a left turn and double tags with the long sides leaning to the right indicate a hard right turn.

 

The Trail Between the Lakes is designated for hiking only; no horses, no off-road vehicles, and no mountain bikes are allowed.

 

There are many opportunities to camp along the route. However, camping is not allowed in the during deer hunting season or in areas where red-cockaded woodpeckers are appear in the  Moore Plantation Wildlife Management Area. Red-cockaded woodpeckers are listed as an endangered species. Woodpecker colony boundaries are marked with aqua-green paint and boundary signs. Please contact the US Forest Service for more information prior to camping in any national forest land.

Historical Markers

There are 79 Historical Markers and Memorials in Sabine County.

 

National Register of Historic Places - Sabine County, Texas

  • Gaines-Oliphint House - 1977

 

Texas Historical Commission Historic Landmark Markers - Sabine County, Texas

  • Cedar Grove Baptist Church - 2014
  • Clark-James House - 2013
  • Harper Chapel Church - 2005
  • Jones-Sweet House - 1996
  • Nethery Store - 2009
  • Sabine County Courthouse - 1982
  • Starr Funeral Home - 2013
  • United Methodist Church #3 (McMahan's Chapel) - 1991
  • William F. and Bertha Sutor Goodrich House - 2003

 

Texas Historical Commission Historic Cemetery Markers - Sabine County, Texas

  • Clark-Dickey-Smith Cemetery - 1996
  • Dennis Slave Cemetery - 1982
  • Ener Cemetery - 2006
  • Fairmont Cemetery - 2004
  • Garlington Cemetery Sabine/Newton County Line - 2001
  • Gellatly Cemetery - 1992
  • Geneva Myrtle Springs Cemetery - 2010
  • Harper Chapel Cemetery - 2004
  • Hemphill Cemetery - 1981
  • Isaac Low Cemetery - 1981
  • James Frederick Gomer Cemetery - 2011
  • Macedonia Cemetery - 2000
  • McGown Cemetery - 1998
  • Meador Cemetery - 1983
  • Milam Cemetery - 2011
  • Mill Creek Cemetery Sabine/Newton County Line - 2004
  • Mt. Sinai Cemetery - 2004

 

Causey House

Located in El Camino Park in Milam. This restored one-story log cabin was built about 1830. It was moved to its present location and restored by local volunteers.

 

City of Pineland

At Pineland, Sabine County's lumbering history is reflected in an old logging locomotive, a railroad depot, and a unique collection of sawmill homes from the early 1900's. These attractions can be found at the Pineland City Park alongside modern tennis courts, softball/baseball fields, a basketball court, and outdoor amphitheater that sits in a beautiful wooded park.

 

El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail

Designated as a National Historic Trail in 2004, the "El Camino Real de Los Tejas" has existed for more than 300 years. Marked by the Spaniards and the French, the trail was followed by such men as Moses Austin and his son, Stephen Fuller Austin (The Father of Texas), Jim Bowie, Davy Crockett, Sam Houston, and early missionaries of multiple faiths.

 

Gaines-Oliphint House

Located in Pendleton Harbor Subdivision off Highway 21, east of Milam. Turn right at the guardhouse, 1 block then left. This is the oldest standing log house in Texas. The house is one of the earliest Pre-Republic, Anglo-American structures in Texas. It was built around 1818 and is on the National Register. Features the Gaines-Oliphint Pioneer Day event on the 3rd Saturday in April.

 

Sabine County Courthouse

Located in the county seat of Hemphill. The Courthouse was completed around 1910 and is one of East Texas' best-known landmarks. It has been restored and the old curved original steps on the North side have been rebuilt. A new addition is the seal in the tile on the second floor. It has special significance for both Sabine County and Texas history.

 

Sabine County Historical Jail Museum

Located on the Courthouse Square in Hemphill. The jail was built in 1904 and was used as Sabine County Jail until 1982. This is one of two jails in Texas that had a hanging rope. It is now known as Sabine County Jail Museum and Vergie Speights Memorial Library. The jail is rich in history, rare books for viewing and many interesting exhibits. You can view the rope used in one of the hangings and the trap door. The museum is open Wednesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free.

 

Sabine County Cemeteries

Sabine County has many old cemeteries of significance to the history of Texas. Information is available at the Sabine County Jail Museum or the Sabine County Chamber of Commerce.

Big Momma’s Seafood

5476 Highway 21 East

Hemphill, TX 75948

409.625.1485

 

Brookshire Brothers Deli

245 Mann Street

Hemphill, TX 75948

409.787.2611

 

Dairy Queen

680 Sabine Street

Hemphill, TX  75948

409.787.4694

 

Dairy Queen

Hwy 96

Pineland, TX  75968

409.584.2123

 

El Tio Mexican Restaurant

650 Sabine Street

Hemphill, TX  75948

409.787.3974

 

Fin and Feather

245 Fin and Feather Dr.

Hemphill, TX  75948

409.787.3663

 

Hemphill BBQ

3285 South Bayou Road

Corner FM3121 & FM83

Hemphill, TX  75948

409.787.1814

 

Hemphill Fuel Stop Deli

643 Sabine Street

Hemphill, TX  75948

409.787.4700

Holly Park Marina Deli

3000 E. Carter’s Ferry Road

Hemphill, TX  75948

409.625.4424

 

Lane’s

630 Sabine Street

Hemphill, TX  75948

409.787.3838

 

Martin’s Corner

State Hwy 87

Milam, TX 75959

409.625.3000

 

Outskirts & More

1100 Hwy 87 North

Hemphill, TX  75948

409.787.0156

 

Sportsman Café

9848 Hwy 87 South

Hemphill, TX  75948

409.579.2276

 

The Feed Store Café

310 Worth Street

Hemphill, TX  75948

409.787.3335

 

K&B Diner

601 Temple Avenue

Pineland, TX  75968

409.584.1288

Holly Park Marina & Motel

(North-Milam)

FM 276, Milam, TX 75959

409.625.4424

hollyparkmarina.com

 

Emerald Cove (North-Milam)

3495 Carters Ferry Rd. E., Milam, TX 75959

409.625.1740

emeraldcove.net

 

The Byrd's Nest RV Park

(North-Milam)

6300 Hwy 21 E., Milam, TX 75959

409.625.1901

byrdsnestrvpark.com

 

Cliffside Lodge & Cabin Rentals (North-Milam)

4465 Carters Ferry Rd. E., Milam, TX 75959

832.298.0469

 

Gibson Point Vacation Rental

(North-Milam)

479 Moran Crossing, Milam, TX 75959

409.625.1375

gibson-point.com

 

Cabin on the Coop (North-Milam)

295 Somerset, Milam, TX 75959

409.625.3300

toled-bend.net/cabinonthecoop

 

Bean's VIP Campground (North-Milam)

390 Bragg Dr., Milam, TX 75959

800.954.3474

toledo-bend.net/beansvip

 

Newell's Fishing World (North-Milam)

FM 276, Milam, TX 75959

409.628.4928

 

Alpine Resort & Marina (Mid-Lake Area)

FM 242, Hemphill, TX 75948

409.625.3518

toledo-bend.net/marina

 

Sabine Lake Inn (Mid-Lake Area)

Hwy 21 E. at Pendleton Bridge

Hemphill, TX 75948

409.625.3747

 

Lowe's Creek Park & Marina

(Mid-Lake Area)

105 Lowes Creek, Hemphill, TX 75948

409.787.2600

lowescreek.com

 

Harborlight Marina & Resort

(Mid-Lake Area)

3150 Palo Gaucho Xing, Hemphill, TX 75948

409.787.3212

harborlightmarina.com

 

Pendleton Harbor Marina

(Mid-Lake Area)

405 Clubhouse Dr., Hemphill, TX 75948

409.625.4912

toledo-bend.net/harbor

Fisherman's Village Lodge

(Mid-Lake Area)

5518 Hwy 21 E., Hemphill, TX 75948

409.787.3138

fishermansvillage.us

 

Toledo Bend Bed & Breakfast

(Mid-Lake Area)

203 Becker Lane, Hemphill, TX 75948

409.625.1093

toledobendbedandbreakfast.com

 

Midlake Kampground (Mid-Lake Area)

3636 Palo Graucho Xing, Hemphill, TX 75948

409.625.4611

 

Frontier Bay (Mid-Lake Area)

210 Pinto Rd. N., Hemphill, TX 75948

409.787.3125

toledo-bend.net/cabin

 

Ironwood Manor (Downtown Area)

130 Ironwood Downtown, Hemphill, TX 75948

409.787.3304v

 

The Loft (Downtown Area)

152 Oak St., Hempill, TX 75948

409.787.4273

vrbo.com/554673

 

Fin & Feather Resort (South-Six Mile)

245 Fin & Feather Dr., Hemphill, TX 75948

877.217.7999

finfeatherresort.com

 

Paradise Point RV Marina

(South-Six Mile)

648 Paradise Loop, Hemphill, TX 75948

409.579.3075

paradisepointpark.com

 

Sportsman's Marina (South-Six Mile)

9646 Hwy 87 S., Hemphill, TX 75948

409.579.3292

 

Six Mile Marina (South-Six Mile)

200 Six Mile Marina Loop, Hemphill, TX 75948

409.579.9898

toledo-bend.net/sixmile

 

Fox's Lodge (South-Six Mile)

159 Fox's Lodge, Hemphill, TX 75948

409.579.3232

toledo-bend.net/fox

 

God's Country Sportsman's RV Park (South-Six Mile)

9293 Hwy 87 S., Hemphill, TX 75948

409.579.2621

toledo-bend.net/rv

 

Mill Creek Grocery & Bait

(Rayburn-Brookeland)

658 Spur 165, Brookeland, TX 75931

409.698.2650

 

The Lilly Pad Lodging

(Rayburn Brookeland)

1330 Loop 149, Brookeland, TX 75931

409.658.3808

 

 

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