Jesse Jones LbNA # 66317
|Placed Date||Dec 11 2013|
|Location||Forest Park Cemetery, Houston, TX|
|Found By||Stepping By Faith|
|Last Update||Nov 27 2014|
Terrain Difficulty: Easy (flat, 20 yards RT)
Jesse H. Jones was born in 1874 in Tennessee but later moved to Houston to become a successful businessman, politician and philanthropist. He helped make Houston the city it is today by: being instrumental in getting the Houston Ship Channel constructed, building the Texas Company Building (Texaco), becoming chairman of the National Bank of Commerce (Chase Bank of Texas), owner of The Houston Chronicle and an original stockholder in Humble Oil (Exxon Company). He was the second most powerful man in the U.S. during the Depression and WWII while being head of the Reconstruction Finance Corporation and Federal Loan Agency. In 1937 Jones and his wife, Mary Gibbs Jones, established Houston Endowment Inc., which eventually became the largest private foundation in Texas. Thanks to the largesse of The Houston Endowment, the name of Jesse H. Jones is memorialized throughout Houston: Jesse H. Jones Hall (home of Houston Symphony), Jones High School and Texas Southern University Jesse H. Jones School of Business. He died in 1956 and is buried in Forest Park Cemetery, where this letterbox dedicated to him can be found.
From I45 go north on N. Wayside for about .8 mile to Lawndale. Turn right and go .5 mile to Forest Park Cemetery on the right. Drive through entrance arch, bear right at circle and follow blue signs to Chapel of Angels. Park on back side near Jesse Jones tombstone.
Walk to left side of his tombstone and look for minibox within bush against stone. Please replace as described and be discreet.