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Harris County Digital Archives

  

About this collection

County government in Texas is tied to the land – recording deeds and wills, adjudicating property disputes, building and maintaining roads and ferries, and collecting taxes. For all of these reasons, it is in the county’s interest to maintain good, accurate records concerning property. 

This collection includes records connected to property and transportation in Harris County be it the Traffic Way Plan for Houston Metropolitan Area and Harris County from May, 1939, or early plans for Garden Oaks subdivision or photographs of intersections in East Houston in the 1960s or a photograph of Oscar Holcombe leasing city property along the Ship Channel to the Navigation District in 1922. The records are contained in various collections in the archives.

 

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Ferries

 

Flooding - Occupying a flat, coastal plain, Harris County has always experienced flooding.  Harris County responded with Drainage Districts (1909 – 1923) to divert water from fields to Harris County Flood Control after the disastrous 1929 and 1935 floods.  The photographs in this collection were “found” in the county records center.  Although their provenance is unknown, they were likely used in newspaper stories.

 

Roads

 

Harris County ParksIn 2011 approximately 270 slide transparencies in addition to negatives and photographs (1977 - 1997, n.d.) were found in a dumpster near the Harris County Administration Building at 1001 Preston in downtown Houston.  These images document the development of county parks, activities, county employees and elected officials, and undeveloped areas of the county.  Thirty-nine images are uploaded.  Please contact the Harris County Archives for access to the entire collection.  

 

Home Catalogs

 

Houston Streets, 1967 

 

Road Systems and Plans  

 
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