The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 3, July 1899 - April, 1900 Page: 48
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Lafitte's improvements. The hotel measured 40 by 38 feet, having
a dining room, office, and three bed rooms on the lower floor, and
six bed rooms above, with kitchen and other outhouses near. Col-
onel Turner built five houses, moved the custom-house out of the
street, and made a dwelling of it in the spring of 1838. The wharf
known as "Turner's wharf" was exactly opposite the hotel and
ran north to twelve feet of water. It was about three times the
length of Center Street wharf with a 100 foot T. The piles were
of pine, and the worms destroyed them in three years, though it
was thought at the time it was built that the bark would protect
them. However it would not have been a financial success, as
nearly all the business centered on Avenue B above and below Tre-
mont Street, so that few vessels discharged at Turner's wharf.
The next wharf west of Colonel Turner's was built soon after,
about midway between the Turner and the Brick wharves.
In 1839 Colonel Turner erected an ice house of one hundred
tons capacity, which was filled but once. As the material of which
it was built (three-inch plank) was wanted immediately by the
government, the officer in charge, Col. G. W. Hockley, pulled it
down in order to floor some batteries at the post. This was the first
ice house built at Galveston, and it was built on the same block
with the hotel.
Colonel Turner says, "My impression is that the first district
court held in Galveston county was held by Judge Johnston.
Henry Smith was Sheriff, and the name of the clerk I do not re-
member. The County Court was (I think) held by Judge F. F.
Gibson and held in my house (the old custom-house, after I had
moved it.) The first election for Congress was held in my house.
Lieutenant Colonel Nicholas Lynch and Moseley Baker were the
candidates, and Baker was elected."
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