The Story of Buffalo Bayou and the Houston Ship Channel Page: 24
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'Buffalo 'Bayou and Houston Ship Channel, 1820-1926
States Engineers, have established from the Turning Basin
to Green's Bayou, a distance of nine miles, Harbor lines
at a Channel width of four hundred feet, within which no
improvement may be constructed. Eastwardly from
Green's Bayou the Harbor lines are established at five
hundred feet. Therefore, as the
frontage is improved on both
sides the Channel is increased to
the widths mentioned.
An important transportation
facility, publicly owned, and to
which reference has already been
made, is the Public Belt Railroad
which serves the water front, and
cost $860,000.00. It is operated
by the Port Terminal Railroad
Association, composed of a representative
of each trunk line
carrier entering Houston, and a
member of the Port Commission
who is the Chairman of the Terminal
Through the Public Belt RailPort
road every trunk line carrier now
or hereafter entering Houston is
assured of reaching water front industries and facilities
on equal terms and conditions with every other carrier.
This arrangement is quite unusual and of far reaching
importance to industries now located and which may hereafter
locate on or adjacent to the water front.
Another important facility is the publicly owned Export
Grain Elevator with a capacity of one million bushels.
This facility was completed recently and represents the
latest in engineering skill. It was designed by the John S.
Metcalf Company of Chicago. This is the first season of
operation and from July 1st, 1926 to November 15th,
1926, the grain exported amounts
to 2,106,328 bushels.
For the protection of the water
front the modern fire boat "Port
Houston" was recently placed in
service and it, too, is the latest
in water fire fighting machines.
It is of the Desel Engine -
Electric Drive type, and was
designed by Messrs. Cox and
Stevens, New York. It cost
The Channel at night is lighted
from Bolivar Roads to Lynchburg,
a distance of thirty-four
miles, thus insuring night navigation
between those points. It
will not be long until it is lighted
Fire Boat between Lynchburg a n d the
Turning Basin - a distance of
sixteen miles-and the entire fifty miles may then be
safely navigated by night as well as by day-and an
important saving will thereby accrue to vessels.
The Port authorities are also urging upon the United
States authorities the importance of widening the Channel
through the old Morgan's Canal, the necessary land for
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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/m1/26/: accessed September 23, 2020), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; .