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The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 72, July 1968 - April, 1969

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

King and his wife Henrietta Chamberlain King; Uriah Lott, the rail-
road builder, E. J. Davis, the "carpetbagger governor"; R. J. Kleberg,
the rancher. Intended primarily for those directly related to this
church, the volume gains general interest by its pictures, maps and
other exhibits, its factual content, and its quite readable style.
Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary DAVID L. STITT
The Port of Houston: A History. By Marilyn McAdams Sibley. Austin
(University of Texas Press) , 1968. Illustrations, maps, appendices,
bibliography, index. $6.75.
This book presents a history of the development of the port of
Houston from its inception to the present day. In fact, Professor Sibley
has done more than that, for in writing about the port she has at the
same time depicted the amazing growth of the city of Houston since
the time of San Jacinto. Both the expansion of the city and its port
facilities were attained only after much discouragement and many
setbacks and the narrative faithfully records the struggles involved.
Also, the reader comes away from this account with the undoubtedly
accurate opinion that the best is yet to come for the city and its port.
As Mrs. Sibley makes clear, the possibilities of Buffalo Bayou and
the surrounding area were apparent to enterprising Texans from the
time of the Revolution. Ridiculed by their Galveston neighbors be-
cause of their pretensions, but stimulated mainly by the exorbitant
wharfage rates charged there, various Houston civic leaders waged
campaign after campaign for widening and deepening the bayou ship
channel, thereby giving Houston access to the Gulf. The aid of the
federal government was always sought in these endeavors and by the
latter part of the nineteenth century, well before the terrible Galveston
storm of 19o00, Houston was already second only to New Orleans as
a southern rail and port center. This trend continued and was in fact
facilitated by two major wars and the increased shipping and activity
which resulted. Neither the hard times of the depression era nor the
labor troubles which affected the port in the next decade appreciably
slowed this growth. Finally, rounding out her account on a note of
optimism, the author believes the port will meet the renewed chal-
lenges of such cities as Philadelphia, New Orleans, and, since the
completion of the St. Lawrence Seaway, Chicago.
Mrs. Sibley has treated her subject in a comprehensive manner;


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