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

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chased by Mr. H. D. Taylor and used by him as
a residence for many years. It was one of the most
beautiful and attractive places in Houston, for it
was in the midst of a grove of magnificent magnolia
trees.
On the south side of Preston and on the east side
of Smith there was a single room board house, erected
about the same time as the Indian trading post.
This was purchased by Col. N. Fuller, in 1887, and
he added other rooms to it and built the residence
which he occupied until the day of his death. That
and the residence erected by Mr. A. C. Briscoe on
Main and Prairie were unquestionably the first twostory
houses erected in Houston, and both were
built in 1887, the year after the founding of Houston.
An item of interest is that when the Fuller
residence was torn down a year or two ago to make
place for the great brick building that now occupies
its site, the old and original beams and rafters were
found to be in perfect preservation and resembled
steel beams more than wooden ones. It was with
difficulty that they were torn apart, showing how
thorough and honest were the early Houston
builders.
The year 1887 also witnessed the erection of the
first large warehouse in Houston. This was located
on the northeast corner of Main and Commerce
streets and was built by Mr. Thomas Elsberry. It
was in this building that Messrs Allen and Pool
did business for many years, and it was there also
that some of the great financiers of Houston had

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 21, 2014.