March 18th, 2011

Photo of the Week: The Houston Cotton Exchange

Here’s some history for you on as fine a Friday as you’re likely to see in Houston.

“The Cotton Exchange Building was a center for business and civic events. In 1885, it originally had a building constructed at Travis and Franklin streets. In 1924 the exchange moved to a new, larger building at Prairie and Caroline streets. The cornerstone from the original building was moved to the lobby of the newer one.

The Houston Cotton Exchange and Board of Trade continued nominally for some time after the need for a cotton exchange ended. It disbanded shortly after becoming 100 years old.”Texas State Historical Commission


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Bibliography: Benajah Harvey Carroll, Jr., ed., Standard History of Houston, Texas, from a Study of the Original Sources (Knoxville, Tennessee: Crew, 1912). WPA Writers Program, Houston (Houston: Anson Jones, 1942).

— Richard


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