The Story of Buffalo Bayou and the Houston Ship Channel Page: 3
The following text was automatically extracted from the image on this page using optical character recognition software:
NL' day in December, 1913, the Hon. Ben
Campbell, then Mayor of Houston, now a
member of the Port Commission, called me
on the telephone and stated, in substance,
KI - ~ that the twenty-five-foot Ship Channel was
nearing completion and that it was necessary to create a
"Houston Ilarbor Board" to advise the City authorities
how to proceed to establish our Port.
Thus began what developed into eleven years of service
on the two Port Boards. I was reappointed on the
old City Harbor Board by Mayors Hutcheson, Amerrman,
and Holcombe respectively, and in 1920, when the
Navigation District Board took over the administration
of the Port's affairs I was appointed by the Hon. Chester
H. Bryan, then County Judge, as one of the two County
members of the Port Commission.
In June, 1925, I resigned after having served more than
eleven years in a work that soon became of surpassing
interest and which, in due course, developed into far
greater economic importance to this community than I
had the remotest idea of at the inception of my service.
In the past few months it has seemed to me desirable
that an authentic story should be written of the Houston
Ship Channel which has become an Industrial Waterway
of National importance.
Of the early history of Buffalo Bayou no citizen is
better informed, in my opinion, than the IHonorable
Ingham Stephen Roberts, a distinguished attorney and
a native Houstonian. Mr. Roberts has for years been
accumulating a vast amount of interesting data relating
to the early history of Houston and its waterway, all of
which he generously placed at my disposal and much of
the historical matter in the story which follows came
from his valuable collection.
During the first few years of my official connection
with Port affairs there were innumerable discouragements
and disappointments. There were some among us who
had neither confidence, vision nor faith, and as illustrative
of the native doubter, I recall that a prominent railroad
traffic representative several years back at an Interstate
Commerce Commission hearing testified that the
"Houston Ship Channel was a huge economic mistake"
and, as illustrating the Galveston sentiment, I recall that
in a conference with a prominent and beloved citizen of
our sister city he was quite emphatic in referring to our
waterway as the "damndest fake out of doors."
Early in 1915 the Chamber of Commerce appointed a
Committee consisting of Messrs. R. H. Spencer, A. S.
Cleveland, and Burke Baker to go to New York and
endeavor to interest the Morgan Steamship Line in
Here’s what’s next.
This book can be searched. Note: Results may vary based on the legibility of text within the document.
Tools / Downloads
Get a copy of this page or view the extracted text.
Citing and Sharing
Basic information for referencing this web page. We also provide extended guidance on usage rights, references, copying or embedding.
Reference the current page of this Book.
Farrar, R. M. The Story of Buffalo Bayou and the Houston Ship Channel, book, 1926; Houston, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth46820/m1/5/: accessed September 24, 2020), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; .