Houston Heights

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In 1891, O. M. Carter purchased 1,756 acres 2.5 miles from downtown Houston to develop one of the largest planned communities in America. Located 23 feet higher than the surrounding area, the new neighborhood was named Houston Heights. Carter also purchased the City of Houston's mule-drawn streetcar system and then electrified it to provide reliable transportation to downtown. By 1896, Houston Heights was an incorporated village with its own elected mayor and aldermen. From across America, buyers came, eager to build their homes in what Carter called "a model community." Vintage photographs chronicle this charming suburb's development and the residents who have left their imprint. Time has brought change and new challenges to Houston Heights, but the community retains its small-town, friendly atmosphere and strives to maintain its historical identity.
ISBN: 9780738571188
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Texas
Series: Images of America
Images: 224
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Anne Sloan is an avid Houston historian who grew up in the Houston Heights area. The author of two historical novels set in Houston Heights, she serves on the board of several historical organizations. The Houston Heights Association is dedicated to preserving the unique character of the neighborhood and provided important photographs and support for this project. In addition, many other organizations, individuals, and families in the community generously gave their time and their precious materials for the creation of this book.
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