William Murray, Publisher
Contents: A full and complete directory of the Names, Residences, Trades, Callings, Professions, Institutions, Churches, etc, alphabetically arranged.
Abbreviations used: ave, avenue; b, between; bh, boarding house; bds, boards; col, colored; eng, engineer; frtng, fronting; lab, laborer; nr, near; N, North; Pres, President; S, South; sec, secretary; supt, superintendent; treas, treasurer; wid, widow; c, corner.
Listing of Residents: Last name, first name, title, occupation or company, address
Population: estimated 15,000-20,000.
Table of Contents is missing. A listing of topics found follows:
|Content Description||Page Number|
|City of Houston, Early History||86|
|Directory to Streets and Localities||94|
|General assembly of Texas||65|
|House of Representatives||65|
|Officers of the Agricultural, Mechanical and Blood Stock Assoc. Of Texas||9|
|Omissions and Corrections||96|
|Principal officers of the US Government, November 1869||15|
|The First Grand State Fair of Texas, Houston, May 17-23||10|
Date published was not found, but a dedication to the businessmen of Houston is dated July 1, 1870 by the publisher, William Murray.
Of Special Interest:
Many of the ads were for merchants in New Orleans.
In the Early History of Houston mention is made of the Gregory Institute, a two-story brick building which was erected and opened the past winter as a Freedman’s School.
The Houston Ship Channel Company had two dredge boats working to deepen and straighten the channel to deep water in Galveston Bay. A bill was before Congress, constituting Houston a port of entry.
A year or two after the [Civil] war gas works were erected bringing gas lights to businesses and some private residences.