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

CHAPTER TWO.
Some Early Buildings-Fal of the First HotelFirst
Brick Buildings-Public Buildings-The
Peripatetic Postoffice-Early Fire CompaniesHistory
of Early Bridges.
When one reads over the names of the early
Houstonians, it is almost like reading an early joint
directory of Houston and Galveston, for in the
forties many of the men who aided in establishing
Houston were also instrumental in building up Galveston
and their names became inseparable from the
history of the two places. General E. B. Nichols
was, after the fifties, one of the most progressive
citizens of Galveston, but to that time he was one
of the pioneer workers in Houston. In the case of
Mr. B. A. Shepherd, conditions were reversed, for
he was first a citizen of Galveston and then of
Houston. Gail Borden, who surveyed the city of
Houston and made the first map of the new city,
was for years a resident of Houston and then removed
to Galveston, where he became one of the
most enthusiastic citizens there and prophesied
most of the great things that have been accom#phed
by that city.
The first frame house in Houston was a small affair
erected by the Torrey brothers who used it as
a trading post for Indians/ It was located on the
north side of Preston near what is now the east end
of Preston street bridge. It was afterwards pur-

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 October 23, 2014.