Houston waterways project underway!

Port of Houston map showing downtown shipping activity and proposed modifications of channel widths to the Houston Ship Channel

Fondren Library is collaborating with the Houston Metropolitan Research Center / Houston Public Library and the Houston Yacht Club to publish archival materials online which help tell the story of Houston’s fascinating waterways.

Did you know that Buffalo Bayou all the way downtown at Main St., near Allen’s Landing, was the original home of both the Houston Yacht Club and the Port of Houston?

Since the 1890s, both organizations grew and moved down the bayou and into the bay.

Both organizations worked to make Houston a great seaport, with business interests and recreational and social pursuits intertwining in the early 20th century.

The Port is now second in total tonnage in the U.S., the Houston Yacht Club hosts international championships and Olympic sailing trials.

Ms. Fairfax Moody at the helm, Houston Yacht Club photo

The first batch of Rice and Houston Yacht Club materials are online in Rice’s digital repository. These are larger items, such as maps, which can be viewed in great detail with the JPG2 zoom and pan feature.

The Houston Metropolitan Research Center’s materials are online at http://digital.houstonlibrary.org – search keyword “waterways”.

An online exhibit and  more items  to come in Spring 2011!

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