46 A THUMB-NAIL HIsroRY OF
their early training. Mr. Doswell and Mr. Wm. R.
Baker had their first experience as business men
there, and others of less prominence worked for Allen
and Pool from time to time. All the early cotton
crops of Texas passed through that old building,
for it was the only cotton warehouse here and its
location was ideal for conditions as they prevailed
then. The building fronted on Commerce street and
extended back to the crude wharf of that day. The
bales were simply tumbled out of the back door and
landed near the steamboat, on which they were
rolled by negro deck hands. Transportation by
water was the only way to reach the markets of the
world, and the bayou was of far more practical importance
then than it has since become.
While the carpenters were erecting the Allen and
Pool warehouse, workmen were busily engaged in
hewing logs for the building of Houston's first hotel,
which was erected on the corner of Franklin
and Travis, where the Southern Pacific offices now
It was built by en Fort Sth, one of
the Texas pioneers, and its first proprietor was Mr.
George Wilson, father of Mr. Ed Wilson, who is
still an honored citizen of Houston. This old house
stood for nearly twenty years and then, in 1855, it
fell down through old age and decay. Ijth uston
85, is an interesting
account of its fall, and some still more interesting
reminiscences connected with the old building. "It
had been in its day the hotel par excellence of the
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 April 19, 2015.