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

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very troublesome features. There were obstacles
to navigation near Morgan's Point, where there
were two bars known as Red Fish and Clopper's
bars. The water was shallow at these two points
and whenever a severe norther blew the water out
of Galveston Bay, these bars became impassable.
At that time there was no remedy for the evil, so
it had to be endured. At this end of the bayou there
was a less formidable though serious obstacle. Between
Houston and Harrisburg, for a distance by
water of about sixteen miles, the bayou was very
tortuous and overhung by large trees. The limbs
of these trees played havoc with the wood work of
the steamboats and sometimes did serious damage
to the boats themselves.
The work of improving navigation of the bayou
was done exclusively by the people of Houston,
without outside assistance. This seems strange, for
among the first measures passed by the Texas
Congress was one setting aside $800,000 for the improvement
of Texas rivers and harbors. For some
unknown reason no request was ever made for this
money, certainly not for the improvement of Buffalo
Bayou. The work was rather crude and simple
and was chiefly that of cutting off overhanging
limbs, removing sunken logs and cutting down trees
that could be gotten rid of in no other way. The
importance of the bayou has always been recognized
by the people of Houston first, and then by
the people of Texas and of the Southwest In the
early days it afforded the only safe communication

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 September 21, 2014.