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Josey Boy Scouts Lodge

Oilman and Huntsville native Robert A. Josey donated funding for the construction of this log structure in 1933. Additional funding was obtained from the federal government's Civil Works Administration (CWA), and Gibbs Brothers and Company donated the logs and rock for the lodge; the building was dedicated in 1934. The structure's native pine logs form five rooms, and petrified stone hearths and mantles adorn its three fireplaces. The lodge has hosted countless community meetings and programs and continues today to serve the Boy Scout programs of the Huntsville area. The lodge was recorded as a Texas Historic Landmark in 2010.


Josey Boy Scout Lodge
Josey Boy Scout Lodge Robert A. Josey, a Huntsville native and Houston businessman, donated land for the Josey Boy Scout Lodge to be constructed in the mid-1930s. This building was built as part of a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project.
E.T. Josey Family
E.T. Josey Family The E.T. Josey Family, generous to Huntsville and Walker County. Back row (l ro r): Will, Julia, Jackson E., Robert A. Middle row (l to r): Evander Theopholis, Melissa Jane (Cotton) Josey. E.T. was cotton buyer and tax collector of Walker County. Will was a tax collector and also County Treasurer; Robert A. was benefactor of local churches, helped in establishing Emancipation Park, and donated the Boy Scout Lodge (1934). J.E. bought and later moved the Steamboat House to Sam Houston Park in 1936. Photo by Schlueter around 1910.
Robert A. Josey presenting the Scout lodge (1934)
Robert A. Josey presenting the Scout lodge (1934) Robert A. Josey presenting the lodge to Larry Pope, representing the Scouts, while Tom Ball of Huntsville, district Scout chair, looks on.
Joseys at Lodge
Joseys at Lodge From left to right: J.E. Josey of Houston, Mrs. Volney Taylor of Brownsville, Mrs. Joseph Weldon Bailey, and Robert A. Josey



Texas Historical Marker, “Josey Boy Scouts Lodge,” East Texas History, accessed July 17, 2024,