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

which improvement has already been unselfishly donated
by the abutting property owners.
Another aid to navigation which is being urged by our
Port authorities is the "flattening" out of three or four
rather sharp curves in the Channel between the Turning
Basin and Lynchburg, a n d it
would be indeed desirable to acquire
now all of the land necessary
for that important improvement.
Some of this necessary
land has already been donated
by public spirited abutting land
Another a i d to navigation
which ought not to be indefinitely
delayed is the dredging of
another Turning Basin, which
would result in a material saving
to an increasing number of
vessels which must otherwise
proceed upstream solely in order
to turn around. In straightening
the old Channel f ou r islands
have been created, surrounded City I
on one side by the new Channel
and on the opposite side by the old Channel-these points
are peculiarly adaptable to development as additional
Turning Basins as and when needed.
The Magnolia Compress and Warehouse Companyoriginally
Weld & Neville - was erected at a cost of
$1,000,000.00 at Harrisburg in 1901-2, and is a large and


important facility - it was originally designed to ship
cotton by barges rather than ocean going vessels. Its
water front wharf can be reconstructed for deep water
craft at a modest additional cost.
The Manchester Terminal Warehouse Company is
rapidly nearing completion, and
will prove an important privately
owned facility.
Ado"t 0;0 0Another important facility
which means much to future in::b
0 0 industrial development along the
Ship Channel, and not generally
recognized as yet, is the IntraCoastal
Canal which will connect
the waters of Galveston Bay with
the Mississippi River and the
waterways tributary thereto. The
far flung significance of this facility,
indeed, challenges the attention
of the most conservative
one if he but permits his mind to
dwell upon the industrial possibilities
1926 The City of Houston is now
constructing an Industrial Highway,
one hundred and twenty feet wide, along the South
side of the waterway from the Turning Basin to the
center of the City; and Bonds have also been voted with
the proceeds of which to construct along the North side
another Industrial Highway, also one hundred and twenty
feet wide.

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