The Story of Buffalo Bayou and the Houston Ship Channel Page: 26
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'Buflalo 'Bayou and Houston Ship Channel, 1820-1926
These two Industrial Highways will be of general
economic importance, as well as of great convenience to
existing and future Industries. The cost of these two
Highways will be more than $3,500,000.00, including the
69th St. Bridge, now nearing completion, by which they
will be connected as one Belt
From the foot of Main Street,
in the center of the City, to the
Turning Basin, by the thread of
the Waterway, is six and onehalf
miles-air line is four miles
-and this is known as the Upper
Channel, suitable for barges and
other light draft craft.
On the Upper Channel are a
number of large and important
cotton compresses and warehouses,
which barge their cotton
down to ocean steamers at and
below the Turning Basin.
Congress has recently authorized
the improvement of the
Upper Channel, and the use RicecHotel. Te.rs A4e
thereof by light draft craft will
very materially increase as a result of the improvement.
A large amount of tonnage already passes over it-during
the year ending December 31st, 1925, a total of 282,536
tons was moved over the Upper Channel. The value of
that tonnage was $10,414,832.00.
Thus has been told the story of Buffalo Bavou and the
Houston Ship Channel in words and figures which, with
the accompanying old and new pictures, is a story of
surpassing interest to those who are interested in industrial
development and growth. It is impossible to tell the
story so that an accurate and adequate portrayal may be
made on paper. I hope that I
have done so with some degree
of accuracy and comprehensiveness.
What has already been
achieved is largely due to the
assistance of the National Government,
coupled w it h t h e
courage, confidence, and co-operation
of the Community. The
Waterway and t he publicly
owned rail and water terminal
facilities are dedicated to the
service of commerce, without
which there would be no United
States of America.
Transportation a u t h o r ities
have told us that no man can
r,,d Manin Street. 192f; foretell the future industrial development
along this land locked
and safe and secure waterway, and it is not inappropriate
to close this story with the prophecy that the industrial
development thereof will be only limited by the growth
of Texas, by the character, extent and usefulness of the
service rendered to commerce, by the extent of the cooperation
and support of the people of Harris County,
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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/m1/28/: accessed September 23, 2020), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; .