ThisWeekInTexasHistory

 


September 2014 - Week 4                                                   AUDIO VERSION

                                                                                                                

TITLE:  SEAPORT

SEPTEMBER 1876 AND TEXAS ADDS A SEAPORT.


THIS WEEK IN TEXAS HISTORY, BROUGHT TO YOU BY KLUP, ALAMO CITY REPUBLICAN WOMEN, AND THE SAVE TEXAS HISTORY PROGRAM OF THE GENERAL LAND OFFICE.


SEPTEMBER 22, 1876. HOUSTON. CHARLES MORGAN IS A BUSINESSMAN. HIS RAILROADS AND SHIPPING LINES BROUGHT CIVILIZATION TO TEXAS, AND GREAT WEALTH TO HIMSELF.


BUT WHEN GALVESTON RAISES ITS WHARF FEES, MORGAN SIMPLY BYPASSES THE PESKY ISLAND AND BUILDS A CANAL THROUGH BUFFALO BAYOU TO HOUSTON.


TODAY, MORGAN’S STEAMSHIP – THE “CLINTON” – CHUGS UP THE MUDDY PASS AND DOCKS NEAR HOUSTON – THE FIRST OCEAN VESSEL TO DO SO.


FORTY YEARS LATER, THE CANAL IS OPENED AS THE HOUSTON SHIP CHANNEL AND GALVESTON IS NEVER THE SAME.


HOUSTON WAS OPENED TO THE SEA 138 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK IN TEXAS HISTORY.


LEARN MORE AT SAVETEXASHISTORY.ORG OR CALL 800-998-4GLO.

James W. Daddysman, "ZAPATA, OCTAVIANO," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fza12), accessed August 21, 2014. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

Contreras, Hernán. "Origins of Boss Rule in Starr County." M.A. thesis, University of Houston, 2008.

(http://los-tejanos.com/writings/research/Origins_of_boss_rule1b.pdf), accessed August 21, 2014.