Houston Turns 175 LbNA # 59759
|Placed Date||Oct 7 2011|
|Location||Founders Memorial Cemetery, Houston, TX|
|Last Update||Aug 29 2015|
Terrain Difficulty: Easy (flat, 50 yards RT)
In August 1836 two real estate entrepreneurs, Augustus and John Allen, purchased 6,642 acres of land along Buffalo Bayou with the intent of founding a city. The Allen brothers decided to name the city after Sam Houston, the popular general at the Battle of San Jacinto, who was elected President of Texas in September 1836. Houston became the capital of the Republic for a few years but plagues forced legislators to move in 1839 and the boom town became a bust. For the next 60 years the town languished as just another sleepy southern town until two major events changed changed everything. First, the Great Storm of 1900 struck Galveston and ruined it as the major port of Texas, allowing Houston to take its place by dredging Buffalo Bayou to create the Ship Channel, making Houston an inland port. Second, oil was struck in 1901 at Spindletop in Beaumont, and since Houston was the main port it became the hub of a whole new industry. Over the years, Houston has experienced many ups and downs, but the city has always bounced back and its inhabitants still believe if you work hard you can get ahead, just like the Allen brothers. You can pay your respects to John Allen at the Founders Memorial Cemetery, where this box is located.
From I45 go west on Allen Pkwy for about 0.5 mile, then left on Taft Street for about 0.2 mile. Turn left on Dallas and go 0.4 mile to Founders Memorial Cemetery on the right. Park on side street.
Enter cemetery through main gate and read historic marker. Go right toward far corner to grave of John Kirby Allen. Continue past it 5 steps to large oak tree. Microbox is within crevice at base under leaves behind a rock.