Lecture: Port if Houston: The First 100 Years


July 12, 2022

Join docent and historian Eric Young to learn about how Houston came to be along Buffalo Bayou.

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Houston was founded along Buffalo Bayou, where cotton traders believed they could establish a port to move cotton in and out of Texas faster and more efficiently. Boats have been coming from the US, Mexico, and much further away lands to a town set up by the Harrises near modern-day Houston. With them, they brought 300 families, their cotton farms, commerce, and businesses. This lecture will cover major events over the decades that have helped shape our city, including trade and conflict with the Mexican government, yellow fever, the Harris’s first steamboat, and their dreams of nationwide railroads. Forever straightening, widening, and deepening the ship channel, the early efforts of establishing Houston have continued by many generations since. Much of the growth of the Western United States can be attributed to the railroads established in Houston, bringing goods to the interior and providing a method for exporting goods quickly and inexpensively. We’ll cover several amazing Texans who, at the turn of the century, built opportunities and established the groundwork for Houston to become the shipping powerhouse it is today.

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Adult, Primary School Student (Grades K – 12), College Student


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