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

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points in East and Southern Central Texas. There
were three or four thousand wagons engaged in the
traffic and as each wagon required from sixteen
to twenty-four oxen, an idea of the amount of
money involved may be formed. In those days
every bale of cotton, every bushel of corn, every
hide and everything else raised in Texas for the
market came to Houston while all merchandise and
groceries used in the interior, were hauled away
from Houston by ox wagons. The business was a
gigantic one.
,But the success of starting the Buffalo Bayou
and Colorado railroad and of actually constructing
82 miles of it in 1852, was too great a demonstration
of what could be done and it spurred the Houston
people on, so that, as already remarked, Mr.
Bremond actually threw the first shovel full of dirt
for what was destined to become one of the greatest
roads in the country, on January LJS15
The story of Mr. Bremond's trials and tribulations
has been told so often that it is needless to repeat
it here. He accomplished something that was
never accomplished before and has never been attempted
since. He built fifty miles of good railroad
on very little cash and a great deal of faith.
He had absolute confidence in himself and in his
own honesty and, some how, he managed to inspire
others with his own faith and confidence. He was
the first railroad builder to water the stock of his
road, but his method was different from that of his

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 1, 2014.