Historical Markers
On Light Poles At Street Corners Downtown

If you walk down Texas Avenue on the north side of downtown Houston, you’ll see dozens of historic markers on light poles. 57 in all, starting at Bagby and going all the way to Hamilton near the ballpark. As Houston Public Radio’s Jack Williams reports, the markers make-up a historic walking tour that’s just been completed. In the mid-1800’s, Texas Avenue was the heart of the city, home to many of the places that Houston was built on. “Back when Houston was being founded in the very early 1800’s, this was the original dirt road that began Houston. This is where the leaders of the community, the first businesses, the first churches, the first residences, in fact are very close to Hamilton and the areas that now hold the ballpark and other businesses, all started on Texas Avenue.”

Historical Walking Tour

Now, dozens of those historic sites are commemorated with markers that describe what once stood there. With some of the places, like Incarnate Word Academy near the ballpark, still there. Incarnate Word Academy has been on Texas Avenue since the mid to late 1800’s. The historical marker discusses aspects of how Incarnate Word has changed since its beginnings. The first phase of the walking tour, from Bagby to Main, was completed a few years ago. The newest leg includes Christ Church Cathedral, the Federal Reserve Bank, William Penn Hotel and Annunciation Church. When you walk Texas Avenue, you can find out a whole lot about Houston’s history. In fact we’re working with local elementary schools and junior highs. We are in discussions with them about history field trips down here to read those markers because that it their curriculum.”

Downtown Stroll: New Historic Walk is Complete