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Anahuac in Chambers County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Lone Star Canal

 
 
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By Brian Anderson, August 5, 2018
1. Lone Star Canal Marker
Inscription. Berriman Richard Garland (1840-1918), a native of Indiana, saw the need for fresh water for rice crops in east Chambers County. Garland and A. L. Williams began in 1902 acquiring land and constructing this irrigation canal. It started at the mouth of Turtle Bay, now known as Lake Anahuac.

In 1904, "Lone Star Canal Company" was incorporated. E. O. Emerson and Burt H. Collins directed the business in 1906. Sailing vessels anchored next to the warehouse carried the rice to market. In dry seasons, salt water backed into Turtle Bay and into the canal, killing the rice crops. To prevent the damage, the Trinity River Irrigation District formed in 1911 and built a dam and locks at the mouth of the bay. Thomas S. Ellis changed the name to "Anahuac Canal Company" in 1914. After the 1915 hurricane destroyed the dam, pumping plant, and warehouse, the company changed owners several times, closing from 1927-32. In 1932 four men purchased the canal, resumed the name "Lone Star Canal," and reopened operations.

In 1947 the Chambers-Liberty Counties Navigation District purchased the canal. Water is available for industrial as well as agricultural use with the goal of improving the economy of the area.
 
Erected 1979 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 9126.)
 
Location.
Lone Star Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Anderson, August 5, 2018
2. Lone Star Canal Marker
29° 46.381′ N, 94° 41.059′ W. Marker is in Anahuac, Texas, in Chambers County. Marker is at the intersection of Miller Street (State Highway 61) and Washington Avenue (State Highway 61), on the right when traveling west on Miller Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 211 Miller Street, Anahuac TX 77514, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Home of Thomas Jefferson Chambers (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Chambersea (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Dr. N.T. Schilling Medical Office (approx. 0.2 miles away); Chambers County (approx. half a mile away); Fort Anahuac (approx. 1.2 miles away); Juan Davis Bradburn (approx. 1.2 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Anahuac (approx. 1.2 miles away); Robert McAlpin Williamson (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Anahuac.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 8, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 7, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. This page has been viewed 51 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 8, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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