A thumb-nail history of the city of Houston, Texas, from its founding in 1836 to the year 1912 Page: 134
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134 A THUMB-NAIL HISTORY OF
of experience, being rather in advance of the times
and other causes combined to frustrate their designs
and after a year or two of hopeless struggle the
plant proved a failure and went out of business in
During 1875, Mr. E. W. Taylor and one or two
associates bought some of the abandoned machinery
of the Pearl plant and established a regular
packery. The next year Mr. Geiselman established
another packery, and both of them did a good
business for some years. The transportation facilities
were unsatisfactory and that limited the field
of operation of the two plants to such an extent
that both voluntarily went out of business. Not
until 1894 did Houston come to the front as a packing
house center. That year the Houston Packing
Company's plant was established here. This is the
largest independent packing house in the United
States and does a business of about $4,000,000 annually.
Both the Swift and Armour companies maintain
branches here and own their own buildings.
Every large packing house in the United States
Ias either a branch office or agency in Houston,
being induced to come here by Houston's admirable
facilities for receiving and distributing their
The packing house part of the Pearl plant having
been, in a measure, resurrected through the efforts
of Mr. Taylor and his associates, one would
have supposed that attention would have been given
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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/m1/150/: accessed September 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .