A thumb-nail history of the city of Houston, Texas, from its founding in 1836 to the year 1912 Page: 174
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174 A THUMB-NAIL HIroY OF
in the company and fills one of the higher offices.
The local company has just completed its own
skyscraper at a cost of about $1,000,000, and has
equipments for caring for 20,000 subscribers without
making further additions to its plant.
Houston's long distance telephone system is
very complete, there being twelve circuits to Galveston,
seven to Beaumont, three to San Antonio,
three to Dallas and one each to Fort Worth and
Corpus Christi. Each of these direct circuits has
branch circuits reaching all parts of the State.
In addition to the old telephone company there
is an automatic telephone company also operating
in Houston. This company owns its own home,
an elegant building on Rusk avenue near the Federal
There are two wireless telegraph companies operating
in Houston. One is a strictly private affair
owned by the Texas Company. This company has
2,700 miles of private wires in Texas, Oklahoma
and Kansas It uses these wires for business purposes,
but keeps its wireless plant always in readiness
for use in case of failure of its wires. The
company owns similar outfits at Beaumont and in
The other company, the Texas Wireless
Telegraph-Telephone, is the only one engaged in
public and commercial business. The company has
perfectly equipped stations at Houston, San Antonio,
Victoria, Fredericksbrg, Waco and Fort
Worth. It is distinctly a home company, for all of
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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/m1/192/: accessed July 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .