Dead Confederates, A Civil War Era Blog

Talkin’ Buffalo Bayou Steamboats

Posted in Memory by Andy Hall on June 21, 2013

St Clair at Houston Landing c 1867


On Sunday afternoon I’ll be talking about one of my favorite topics again, Texas riverboats. Before the railroad, before the Interurban, before the scourge of construction detours on the Gulf Freeway, Galveston and Houston were first linked by steamboat. The water link between the two cities helped establish both towns as the fastest-growing, booming communities in the state of Texas during the 19th century. The tale, largely overlooked until now, is one of cut-throat competition, horrific accidents, hard-fought battles and more.

Sunday, June 23 at 2 p.m.
Menard Campus, 3302 Avenue O
Galveston, Texas

Admission is $10 for Galveston Historical Foundation members, $12 for non-members.


Image: Sternwheeler St. Clair at the Houston landing, c. 1867. Houston Public Library.



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  1. Foxessa said, on June 23, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    If you haven’t already, you will really enjoy reading the steamboat section of Walter Johnson’s latest work, River of Dark Dreams.

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