A thumb-nail history of the city of Houston, Texas, from its founding in 1836 to the year 1912 Page: 132
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132 A THUMB-NAIL HISTORY OF
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In 1845 there was a rope-walk on the block now
owned by the Houston Turnverein. It was used
for manufacturing rope until about 1853 or 54. The
first iron foundry was established in Houston in
1851 by Mr. Alex McGowan on the north side of
Buffalo Bayou and on the banks of White Oak
Bayou. For the first year or two its principal work
was in making kettles for the sugar plantations near
here and in constructing light machinery for farm
and plantation use. However, after the Houston
and Texas Central road began operation the work
of the foundry increased and it was kept busy doing
repair work for the road. For several years this
foundry was the largest and best in Texas and did
an immense amount of all kinds of foundry work.
Even during the war it was enabled to continue a
regular foundry business, something that others
were not able or willing to do. About 1858 or 59,
one of the best and most expert foundrymen in the
business came here from the North. This was Mr.
Cushman, the owner and manager of Cushman's
Foundry, which was located on the south side of
the west end of Preston avenue bridge. Mr. Cushman
put up extensive buildings and established suit-
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Young, Samuel Oliver. A thumb-nail history of the city of Houston, Texas, from its founding in 1836 to the year 1912, book, 1912; Houston, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth24649/m1/148/: accessed July 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .