Houston Heights, TX (Images of America Series)

Houston Heights, TX (Images of America Series)

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by Anne Sloan, The Houston Heights Association
     
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738571188
Publisher:
Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date:
10/05/2009
Series:
Images of America Series
Pages:
127
Sales rank:
614,403
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author


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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Houston Heights, TX (Images of America Series) 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
smithgabby1956 More than 1 year ago
All in all, this is a reasonably enjoyable book about The Heights. I will say that the writing and some content left me disappointed. The pictures are great; I just wish an actual historian, scholar or someone with more writing talent had penned it. Most of the text insults the reader by simply describing what they can clearly see in the photographs: “the automobile’s open doors indicate they have just unloaded or are getting ready to depart” or “the girl on the right has a teacup on her desk” – really?!? I do appreciate the way the book is segmented, though I wish more attention had been paid to the architecture. For me, a far better read is here: http://www.houstonheights.org/html/history.html.