A thumb-nail history of the city of Houston, Texas, from its founding in 1836 to the year 1912

THE CITY OF HOUSTON, TEXAS 11
1842, and it is not likely that he could have been
mayor of Houston at the same time. As a matter
of fact he was clerk of the court at the very time
that notice was published, as the court records show.
The matter is given space here so as to bring out all
the facts for the guidance of future historians.
When the Moore administration took office, its
first act was to extend the city limits, which to that
time had been the Bayou on the north, Walker street
on the south, Bagby street on the west and Caroline
on the east. The limits were extended so as to embrace
nine square miles. This was done in order
to increase the taxable area and to include within
the city limits many citizens who had built residences
just beyond the old city lines. The nine-mile area
was maintained many years, or until the city fell in
the hands of the "Carpet-bag" Republicans appointed
by E. J. Davis Urihng reconstruction days.
These found it necessary, in order to create more
plunder, to increase the taxable area, so they extended
the limits so as to embrace twenty-five
square miles. When the Carpet-baggers were
turned out of office by the home people who had
regained control of affairs, the limits were reduced
to nine square miles. That was in 1874, and until
1903 no change was made. But by that time the
city had so extended beyond its limits that an increase
was demanded in justice and fairness to all,
so the area was fixed at sixteen square miles. A
remarkable feature is that since those limits were
fixed, the city has again far outgrown its bounds,

Young, Samuel Oliver. A thumb-nail history of the city of Houston, Texas, from its founding in 1836 to the year 1912. Houston, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth24649/. Accessed November 24, 2014.