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Near Brenham in Washington County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Early Texas River Steamers

 
 
Early Texas River Steamers Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Gregory Walker, October 26, 2013
1. Early Texas River Steamers Marker
Inscription.  River-shipping efforts in pioneer Texas by steamboat were centered primarily on the Brazos (about 2 mi. E.), and Washington-on-the-Brazos (about 15 mi. N.) was an important distribution point for commercial interests. The Brazos flowed through most productive cotton and sugar region in Texas; steamers greatly aided shipment of these items to markets in New Orleans. The first steamer reached Washington in 1840; by 1849 its docks were busy with steamboats making regular river trips.

Between 1820-1840 settlers made journey to Texas on the Red River in steamers if the river was high enough and there were no obstructions. Buffalo Bayou, extending from Houston to Galveston Bay, was waterway traveled most often by steamers, and took over trade from Brazos River because it had better outlet to the sea. Navigation on the Trinity, Colorado, and Sabine rivers also increased inland growth and development.

While rivers in Texas seemed to offer possibilities for steamboat travel, the story of river navigation is largely one of disappointment. Most meandering rivers were too shallow, often flooded, needed clearing; many were choked with
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driftwood. These hazards greatly retarded economic and social development of the state. By 1865 the importance of river steamers was gone.
(inscription) Early Travel, Communication, and Transportation Series Erected by the Moody Foundation
 
Erected 1967 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 8329.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1840.
 
Location. 30° 7.698′ N, 96° 11.868′ W. Marker is near Brenham, Texas, in Washington County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 290 and Malinowski Lane (Old Route 290), on the right when traveling east on U.S. 290. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chappell Hill TX 77426, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lockhart Plantation (approx. 2.8 miles away); Chappell Hill Female College Bell (approx. 3.4 miles away); Methodist Church (approx. 3.4 miles away); Site of Chappell Hill College (approx. 3.4 miles away); Chappell Hill (approx. 3.6 miles away); Site of Soule University for Boys (approx. 3.6 miles away); Providence Baptist Church (approx. 3.6 miles away); Old Rock Store (approx. 3.7 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  River Navigation article in Handbook of Texas
Location of River Steamers Marker on the left. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Gregory Walker, October 26, 2013
2. Location of River Steamers Marker on the left.
. (Submitted on February 7, 2014, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on February 7, 2014, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. This page has been viewed 736 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 7, 2014, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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