Near Brenham in Washington County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Early Texas River Steamers
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 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,
Erected 1967 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 8329.)
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.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Chappell Hill (approx. 3.6 miles away); Site of Soule University for Boys (approx. 3.6 miles away); Old Rock Store (approx. 3.7 miles away); Farmers State Bank and Reinstein Store (approx. 3.7 miles away); Ahrenbeck-Urban Home (approx. 7.3 miles away); Gen. George and Libbie Custer Campsite (approx. 10.2 miles away); Clear Creek Confederate War Camps (approx. 10.8 miles away); Groce Family Plantations (approx. 10.8 miles away).
Also see . . . River Navigation article in Handbook of Texas. (Submitted on February 7, 2014, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas.)
Categories. • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 7, 2014, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. This page has been viewed 430 times since then and 35 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.