World War I Training Camp
In 1917, Memorial Park became the training camp for our U. S. Army's Camp Logan.
Buffalo Bayou Flooding!
Buffalo Bayou flooded the city of Houston more than once. It submerged most of Houston in 1879. In May 1929, a flood roared down the bayou and millions of dollars of damage was done to the city. Finally, the great flood of 1935 which inundated many of the stores on Main Street led to the creation of Addicks Reservoir which was built in 1946 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as well as Barker Reservoir as a systematic flood control program.
Comanche in Houston!
300 Comanche camped on Buffalo Bayou, Travis, Prairie and Congress Avenues in 1837. The Comanche's arrival was due to the fact that the first congress of the Republic of Texas convened here in the spring of 1837 and the Indians were seeking a land treaty regarding their squatter's rights of what is now known as Tyler, Texas. Their camp was directly in front of Mary J. Briscoe's home on the corner of Main Street and Prairie Avenues. The full story on what transpired is written by Aulbach and Gorski in their book, Buffalo Bayou - An Echo of Houston's Wilderness Beginnings. See the chapter, "Houston's Native American Experience" for the story. It's a definite "must read" for historians and history buffs.
Civil War and Dick Dowling's "Cottonclads"
Thanks to an Irishman barkeeper named Dick Dowling and the Cottonclads, Houston was saved from the Civil War and instead became the most important highway for overland trade with the Rio Grande during its existence. A statue honoring Dick Dowling stands in Hermann Park. Tuam Street is named in honor of his birthplace in Ireland. You can read the full and fascinating story of this the chapter, "Buffalo Bayou -"Cottonclads" and Dick Dowling's Irish Guards - Houston's Civil War Heros."
You can learn more about our interesting history at: www.buffalobayou.org/historybayou.html