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Davy Crockett Spring Park
Davy Crockett fountain Cabin - Davy Crockett Spring - Crockett, Houston Co., TX
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Anyone  traveling down El Camino Real, known today as Texas Highway 21, through Crockett, probably has stopped at the Davy Crockett Spring to see where David "Davy" Crockett drank from a spring on his fateful journey to San Antonio, TX and the Battle of the Alamo.

Local Renovation efforts have given  the spring site in downtown Crockett new life.  It now includes a mural depicting a reunion between Davy Crockett and Andrew Edward Gossett.  The Gossett family were friends of the Crockett family in Tennessee before moving to the Texas Territory.

A log cabin similar to the one Gossett most probably built near Crockett when he settled in what was to later become Houston County, was moved from the Davy Crockett Memorial Park to the site of the spring. A fence of logs similar to the type used by pioneers in the area has been erected as well as a display of six flags. The spring fountain has been cleaned and renovated; this fountain has  stood at the site longer than most people in the area can remember.

A mural created by Lucas Short, a local artist, depicts Davy Crockett and Andrew Gossett meeting in a rural setting in late 1835. Three months later, David Crockett and about 180 other Alamo defenders perished at the Alamo; creating a chapter in Texas history that has become a vivid symbol of the Texas Spirit and drive for independence.

When Houston County was created by the Republic of Texas in June of 1837, A.E. Gossett donated land for a county seat and because of his donation, he and his father Elijah Gossett were given the privilege of naming the county and the county seat.

Both Gossett's had served at the Battle of San Jacinto in April of 1836, therefore their choice was to name the county for Sam Houston who was another Tennessee bred hero and served as President of the Republic of Texas.  Houston had also  led the troops during the Battle of San Jacinto.  Their choice for naming the county seat was Crockett after Elijah Gossett's boyhood friend, David Crockett, from Rutherford County, Tennessee.