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'Buffalo 'Bayou and Houston Ship Channel, 1820-1926

we find, the following ad in the Houston Telegraph of
October 15, 1867:
Houston, Texas. Oct. 15, 1867.
The Transportation Company solicit subscriptions for Five
Hundred shares of their Capital Stock, ($50,000), for the purpose
of opening a Channel on Red
Fish and Clopper's Bars. First installment
of ten per cent to be paid
on 15th November next. Full particulars
given at the office of the
Company, Pillot Building, upstairs.
Installments to be paid to A. J. Burke, l
at his office, N. E. Corner Franklin
and Main Streets.
Sec. Transportation Co.
The "Clinton Railroad" was
completed in 1868 but the steamships
did not come. The disappointments
and discouragements
of the ensuing years may be
better imagined than described.
The main obstacles were
Clopper's Bar, Red Fish Reef,
poverty, a small community, and

Reconstruction. The early advocates and promoters of the
waterway apparently visioned quite accurately the future,
but always greatly underestimated the cost in dollars.
"During the last hundred and fifty years, the rate of
progress in man's command over nature has been
ten times as fast as in the
period between Caesar and
Napoleon, a hundred times as
fast as in the slow prehistoric
ages. Tens of thousands of years
divided man's first use of fire
from his first application of it to
iron. The art of writing preceded
the printing press by tens of centuries.
In those days, each great
invention was granted a lease of
many ages in which to foster its
own characteristic civilization
before it was submerged by the
next. In our day, in each generation
a new economic life half
obliterates a predecessor little
older than itself."

Barnes House, Present Rice Hotel Site. 1876

There enters upon the stage in 1875, a dominant and
important character, to the activities of whom a separate
chapter may be appropriately devoted, and which is
written by one peculiarly qualified.

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