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

CHAPTER ONE.
Why Houston Was Founded-When Incorporated-First
Mayor of Houston-Various Administrations

Reconstruction Days -Huge City
Debt-What the Commission Is Doing TodayFull
List of Houston's Mayors.
A fact not generally known nor appreciated is
that Houston is the result of a disagreement between
the Aliens and the Harrises. There was no serious
quarrel or anything of that sort. They differed
about land matters, with the result that the Allens,
instead of joining the Harrises in their efforts to
build up the already established town of Harrisburg,
came five miles by land and about sixteen
miles by water further up the bayou, and laid the
foundation for the rival town, which was destined
to become the greatest city in Texas and one of the
greatest in the Southwest.
Now, as a matter of fact, there was no good reason
for the new town. The location at Harrisburg
was ideal and had many advantages, naturally, that
Houston had to create artificially. There was, to
begin with, sixteen miles of very crooked and hardly
navigable bayou to be overcome in order to reach
Houston, while the new site had absolutely nothing
to compensate for this disadvantage.
However, there was an element injected into the
controversy that helped the Aliens wonderfully in
carrying out their scheme. Santa Anna's soldiers

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 November 26, 2014.