Houston in Harris County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Horace Dickinson Taylor
Horace married Emily Baker in 1852. They reared three sons and two daughters here on their 3.5 acre wooded homesite. Taylor became one of the city's influential citizens, serving as alderman in 1861-1862, mayor in 1866, and as an elder of the First Presbyterian Church.
Buffalo Bayou, neglected during the Civil War, was dredged during Taylor's term as mayor, effectively re-establishing commerce to the Gulf. The bayou soon became the lifeline of Houston businesses, allowing the city to successfully compete with Galveston for trade. Taylor, who was one of the founders of the Board
Erected 1993 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 10787.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 29° 45.834′ N, 95° 21.905′ W. Marker is in Houston, Texas, in Harris County. Marker is on Preston Street west of Smith Street, on the left when traveling east. Marker is located in Sesquicentennial Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Houston TX 77002, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Baker Common (a few steps from this marker); Hogg Building (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Auditorium Hotel (approx. 0.2 miles away); Magnolia Brewery Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Kennedy Bakery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Market Square (approx. 0.2 miles away); Houston Cotton Exchange and Board of Trade (approx. ¼ mile away); Thomas William House (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Houston.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 21, 2019. It was originally submitted on April 25, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. This page has been viewed 178 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on April 25, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 29, 2019, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.