BAYOU CITY RAILS: URBAN RAIL TRANSIT IN HOUSTON, TEXAS

About this Project

I began this project as a graduate student at the University of Houston when I was surprised to discover that Houston had once had an streetcar system. During my research, I discovered the important role the streetcar system played in the development of Houston’s layout, the way that streetcars and infrastructure expanded the reach of city government in citizen’s lives, and the relationship between the streetcar system and segregation in Houston.

Awards

2008 – Stanley Siegel Award for Research in Texas History, University of Houston

Publications

Bayou City Rails, American Public Works Association Historical Society, October 2012

“The Streetcar in Houston,” Houston History, Houston: University of Houston Center for Public History, March 2008, 33-42.

Presentations

2008 – “‘The Strangest Neighborhood in Texas’: Fighting the Urban Crisis in the Montrose Neighborhood of Houston” Urban History Association Conference

2008 – “Streetcars in Houston” Poster Presentation at the American Society of Environmental History Conference

Published by

SFStatz

Public Historian, Museum Director, and Historical Site Preservation Advocate.