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by the time it was completed, sub-stations had to be
established to handle the business.
In 1903 the Government purchased the block in
front of the High School and erected on it the present
fine building, which was completed only a few
months ago. Although the building is very large
and thoroughly equipped, Houston has again outgrown
it, and it has been found necessary to retain
the old building, which is to be remodeled, improved
and used as a sub-station.
As told elsewhere, Houston's first market house
was erected in 1840 and stood until 1871, when it
was torn down to make place for the great brick
market erected at such immense cost to the taxpayers
by the scalawag reconstruction city administration.
This famous building was destroyed by fire
in 1876 and one similar to it was built on the same
site, though at a much less cost. In fact, the new
building cost only about $80,000, while the old one
cost $470,000. This new building was also destroyed
by fire in 1901, and then the present magnificent
market house and city hall combined was erected and
today has no equal so far as usefulness, beauty of
architecture and honest construction in the entire
It is a singular fact that Houston formerly had
a volunteer fire company that was older than the
city itself; that i, older than the chartered city. is
was Protection No. 1, which was organized in 18.
It was not only Houston's first fire company, but
it was unquestionably the first fire company or
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 6, 2013.