A thumb-nail history of the city of Houston, Texas, from its founding in 1836 to the year 1912 Page: 155
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THE CITY OF HOUSTON, TEXas 155
turing interests Houston long ago passed that point
in its progress where its prosperity depended on any
single commodity or industry. Like other commercial
centers Houston for some years counted heavily
on its cotton receipts for its prosperity, but does
so no longer. The Houston merchants are not indifferent
to the great value of the cotton business,
however, and they are anxious to get all of it possible,
and with the object of doing so, they have left
nothing undone to make this the most attractive
market and concentrating point in the South. They
have constructed large compresses and cotton warehouses
and now have some of the largest and most
conveniently situated buildings of that kind on this
The great fire which occurred in the Fifth Ward
early this year destroyed three of Housto's fine
compresses, but there are three large one left and
two are being constructed on so great a sak that
when completed in time to handle the coming crop,
Houston will have the finest facilities for handling
and caring for cotton in the South
The presses destroyed were the Clevad, the
Standard and the Southern, their combined. y
of presa being S00 bae dail andtr strag
capacity about 100,000 bay Tbe Clc ead
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perfected for the section of the nrt :nd
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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/m1/172/: accessed July 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .