The Story of Buffalo Bayou and the Houston Ship Channel Page: 22
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'Buffalo 'Bayou and Houston Ship Channel, 1820-1926
Prairie Avenue and San Jacinto Street. 1896
and provision, approved by United States Engineers,
insuring against private monopolization of harbors and
waterways constructed under the direction of the National
The Harris County Navigation District was created by
the voters of Harris County, Texas, on January 10th,
1910, and the first Commissioners were:
Chas. Dillingham. R. S. Sterling. C. G. Pillot.
The voters on June 1st, 1911, authorized the first Bond
issue of $1,250,000.00 for the purpose of meeting one-half
of the above construction cost.
On March 2nd, 1919, Congress authorized the construction
of the thirty-foot Channel, the work on which com
menced in May, 1920, and was completed in September,
The total cost of the Ship Channel, construction and
maintenance, to June 30th, 1926, was $12,029,250.00, of
which Harris County contributed $2,771,297.83. The
City of Houston and Harris County have jointly contributed
also, $7,700,000.00 for the construction of publicly
owned water and rail Terminal facilities which provide
at publicly owned docks, berthing facilities for
sixteen vessels at one time.
The voters of Harris
County have just approved
issue authorizing the
$1,500,000.00 to construct
an d other terminal'
facilities, extension of
the grain elevator facilities,
and further extensions
of the Public
Privately o w n e d
docks and industries
represent at this date,
an additional investment
which includes privately
owned docks, Main Street. 189.3To
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Farrar, R. M. The Story of Buffalo Bayou and the Houston Ship Channel, book, 1926; Houston, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth46820/m1/24/: accessed September 21, 2020), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; .