Bayou Scene Foot of Main St., Houston, undated

Buffalo Bayou, the waterway destined to become a centerpiece in Houston’s growth, was seen as an essential link between the interior of Texas, the sea, and the rest of the world.

It was the first home to the Houston Yacht Club as well as Houston’s shipping industry.  The Club and the commercial infrastructure on the Bayou grew together in size and geography with the city of Houston.