Houston in the 1920s and 1930s
Houston was already a dynamic city when it experienced an exciting period of accelerated growth in the 1920s and 1930s. The Roaring Twenties began with a national ban on alcohol and ended abruptly with the stock market crash of 1929, but the prominent and influential Jesse Jones ensured the city's part in the economic collapse was minimal. Despite the country's financial woes, Houston's downtown was booming. Skyscrapers set new records in height, forever changing the skyline and appearance of the city. The introduction and widespread use of air-conditioning tamed the stifling heat and humidity for which Houston was known. The National Democratic Convention of 1928 showed the rest of the nation what a modern metropolis Houston had become. This entertaining new book illustrates how Houstonians lived, worked, and played during both the good times and the bad in the early 1900s.
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Getting around Town
automobile Babe Ruth baseball Boulevard brand-new Buff Stadium Buffalo Bayou built Capital Avenue Club Commerce Street Company was located Congress Avenue corner of Main Democratic National Convention downtown drugstore electricity employees Foley Brothers Dry Galveston gas station Glenn McCarthy grocery stores Gulf Building Halbouty Hermann Park Houston Buffaloes Houston Hall Houston Lighting Houston ship channel Houston Speedway Houstonians Humble Oil Humble Oil Company intersection of Main Jesse Jones's Lamar Hotel Lamar Streets Laundry Lighting and Power located at Main looking north Main and Lamar Main Street Metropolitan Theatre Motors offered Oil Company oil field opened organization Pierce Junction field play popular promoting radio retail stores Rice Hotel Rice Institute River Oaks Rusk Avenue Sam Houston Coliseum sponsored square miles Stone Oil Tool store was located Street and Walker Texas Avenue town traffic Travis Street trolley USS Constitution USS Houston Walker Avenue Warwick Hotel