A thumb-nail history of the city of Houston, Texas, from its founding in 1836 to the year 1912 Page: 61
THE CITY OF HOUSTON, TEXA 61
the San Felipe road. That from the north came
into the city by Stockbridge's ford, which was situated
at the foot of Texas Avenue, while trade from
the San Jacinto and Trinity came by the way of the
Harrisburg ferry. The old San Felipe road remained
unchanged to the end, but the trade from
other parts of the State soon grew to such large proportions
that the primitive methods of ford and ferry
had to be abandoned and i1848. thefirstbridge
over Buffalo bayou was built at the foot of Preston
That bridge stood for ten years, but was swept
away by a great flood which occurred in 1858. The
bridge that was constructed in its place was remarkable
for its height and length. Its builders determined
that it should not share the fate of its predecessor,
so they built its center very high and extended
its ends high up on each bank of the bayou. It
was appropriately named "Long Bridge," and
though seriously threatened by high water on several
occasions it always escaped destruction. Finally,
in the great flood of 1878, it was so badly damaged
that it became necessary to remodel it and the
Present Preston street bridge is the result At
about the same time that the Preston bridge was
built a bridge was built across the bayou at the foot
of Milam street and another across White Oak
bayou at the same point the present White Oak
bridge occupies. These bridges were originally
heap wooden structures, but were remodeled and
ion work substituted for wood, except in the White
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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/m1/70/ocr/: accessed March 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .