W. A. Leonard, Compiler
Contents: Map of City, Directory to streets and localities, names of City, County and State Officers, Provisions of City Charter, Compendium of Ordinances, Courts, Post Office, Railroads, Steamboats, Churches, Societies, and Almanac for 1866, together with an Appendix, containing the names of the City Officers from 1835 to 1866, Historical and Statistical Sketches of Houston, and articles on topics of local interest. Head of household with occupation and street address.
Abbreviations Used: St, street; av, avenue; cor corner; off, office; res, residence; opp, opposite; bet, between; col, colored; messenger, mess; G.H.&H.R.R., Galveston, Houston and Henderson Railroad, T.&N.O.R.R., Texas and New Orleans Railroad; H.&T.C.R.R., Houston and Texas Central Railroad; H.T.&.B.R.R., Houston Tap and Brazoria Railroad; B.B.,B.&C.R.R., Buffalo Bayou, Brazos and Colorado Railroad.
|Content Description||Page Number|
|Almanac for 1866||86|
|Benevolent and other organizations||84|
|Business of the City||121|
|Churches in Houston||109|
|City Taxes and Licenses for 1865||119|
|Compendium of Ordinances||61|
|Court Calendar for 1866||79|
|Directory to Streets and Localities||7|
|Education in Houston||114|
|Factories in Houston||115|
|First National Bank of Houston||121|
|Health of Houston||116|
|Houston – Its Early History, Rise and Progress||95|
|Houston City Directory||9|
|Houston during the War||103|
|Houston Post Office||80|
|Newspapers and Publishing||106|
|Officers of Harris County||74|
|Officers of the City||55|
|Officers of the city from 1838 to 1865||91|
|Officers of the State||74|
|Provisions of the City Charter||55|
|Removals, Changes and Omissions||123|
|Stamp Duties and Current Table||LVIII and LXL|
|State and County Taxes||75|
|The Influence of Railroads||104|
Of special interest:
This is the first City Directory for the City. A map seems to have accompanied the Directory, but is not on the microfiche, only a description.
Preface states this is the first work of the kind ever issued in Houston. One thousand five hundred copies were made. It was due to be published on the first of January, but due to many occurrences, the first of April was the publishing date. Because of the delay, a list of “Removals, Changes and Omissions” was made to have it more accurate. The date of April 1 is to be used in subsequent years.
The year is done in 2 fiches. The first ends with Officers of the City from 1838 to 1865. The fiche is torn and the officers from 1839 through 1843 are very faint and hard to read, but they are there in the background. The remaining City Officers and the rest of the contents continue on the second fiche.