A thumb-nail history of the city of Houston, Texas, from its founding in 1836 to the year 1912 Page: 138
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138 A THUMB-NAIL HISTORY OF
increase in miscellaneous expenses, 72 per cent; increase
in value of products, 70 per cent; increase
in value added by manufacture, 46 per cent; increase
in salaries and wages, 24 per cent; increase
in number of establishments, 19 per cent; increase
in average number of wage earners employed during
the year, 6 per cent.
In many ways Houston is an ideal point for manufacturing
enterprises. An inexhaustible supply
of the purest artesian water can be obtained anywhere
in or for miles around the city, while the
question of fuel is almost as easily solved, since
Houston is just on the edge of the great oil field
and is connected by pipe lines with all the fields as
far north as Oklahoma. Water can be had at the
small cost of sinking a well, while there is an abundance
of the best and cheapest fuel. When to these
advantages is added the superb transportation facilities
possessed by Houston, it is surprising that
there are not a hundred-fold more great manufacturing
enterprises here than there are.
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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/m1/154/: accessed May 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .