The Story of Buffalo Bayou and the Houston Ship Channel Page: 27
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'Buffalo 'Bayou and Houston Ship Channel. 1820-1926i
and by the ability and character of the administration history, and I venture the observation that the faith in
of the Port's affairs. the Ship Channel for all the years may, in fact, have deThe
dividends to date have been large-they will be veloped in the citizenship of today the existing worth
larger in the future only if we, as a community, properly while sense of responsibility to the community-"public
understand the importance of making our waterway of spiritedness" - which has for three generations been
adequate and useful service. characteristic of the community
It is apparent, after reading and which, it is to be hoped, will
the story, that from 1837 to an continue.
1926, a period of eighty-nine We have doubtless had what,
years, the hope and struggle of at times, appeared to be our full
this community have constantly share of citizens who have bebeen
for the improvement of its lieved that the community exists
waterway. It has worked inces- for the citizen, rather than the
santly to that end. It has neither reverse.
faltered nor waivered at any However, these thoughts are
time or place in the long journey. rather for another story at anmunity
faith, which has so unfalteringly
sustained the hope The author will appreciate adand
vision of the fathers, may ditional data and information rehave
produced an unprecedent- . . lating to the early history of
edly forward looking and ener- Buffalo Bayou, and he hopes
getic citizenship. I have often that the circulation of this story
been told, by those who ought to MaiStreet. 1926 may bring to him enough such
know, that there are in Hous- data and information to warrant,
ton more interesting and outstanding characters, more at a subsequent date, a revision of the story.
men of courage and determination, and more and better
community co-operation than in any other community The author is indebted to Hon Ingham S. Roberts
in the South. and T. F. Ravell for the pictures of early Houston inThis
may be so-I do not know-but it would be in- eluded in this work.
teresting to trace in a historical story that phase of our The End.
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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/m1/29/: accessed September 23, 2020), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; .