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

THE CITY OF HOUSTON, TEXAS 29
is only about seven years old. That is a fact, however,
for all the great strides forward, all the large
corporations, all the great business enterprises, are
less than ten years old, while the city has more than
doubled her population in seven years.
Houston is today a city of skyscrapers and large "
buildings, and their number is being added to
monthly. There are today a number of new ones
going up and nearly every principal street in the
city is the scene of building activity. There are hotels
completed and being constructed; office buildings,
business buildings, bank buildings, to say nothing
of the hundreds of residences being constructed.
Houston stands in a class of its own when it comes
to apartment houses, for there are more and finer
ones here than in any other Texas city. They are
nearly all strictly up to date and several of them
are luxurious and costly affairs.
Just what Houston is doing today and how it is
being done is well shown in the reports made by the
mayor and the commissioners and heads of departments
at the close of the fiscal year, February 29,
1912. Mayor Rice says:
Gentlemen: According to the law, I submit the
annual report of the various departments and the
budget for the ensuing year.
You will notice that the appropriations recommended
and the budget called for is some $200,000
in excess of last year. One-half alone being increase
of the interest and sinking funds on bonds
and additional school appropriation

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 December 25, 2014.