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Historic Houston Bike Ride

Civil War sites in downtown

Civil war fighting never reached Houston, but Houston, with a population of about 5000, participated significantly in supporting the Confederacy including included troop training fields, military hospitals, an ammunition depot, five railroads and two foundries. The City was headquarters for the military district of Texas, which included Arizona and New Mexico.

On a short ride for still hot weather, we will take a short 8 mile tour of Civil War sites in downtown Houston, including

-          Buildings, bridges and railroads that predated the war and participated in supporting the war

-          Where Sam Houston spoke against secession before Teas voted for secession

-          Sites of wartime hospitals, and the site of a post war hospital for treating both Confederate and Union veterans

-          Where slaves were sold during the war

-          Where Confederate hero Dick Dowling had his bar before the war

-          Munitions depot during the war

-          Site of a fort built to defend the bayou, that was never manned due to lack of personnel and so became known as Fort Humbug

-          Bakery that supplied Confederate soldiers

-          Where Union prisoners were briefly held captive during the war in 1863

-          Where gunboats were equipped and manned for successful recovery of Galveston from Union forces

-          Sites of two foundries that made small cannon and munitions

-          Houston’s mayor during the war, who was also one of the most active blockade runners

-          Houston’s first mayor after the war

-          Burial sites of two prominent Civil War Houstonians

-          Texas reconstruction governor after the war

-          Postwar headquarters for the occupying Union army

-          Where munitions were dumped in the bayou after the war was over. Also where two men were killed trying to recover some of the dumped munitions, and where the men were buried

-          Site of Reconstruction city hall built by occupying Union forces, later burned down by resentful Houstonians after Union occupation ended in 1873

-          At lunch, the cemetery where many Confederate veterans were buried

As a bonus, we will see the new mural at the Heritage society depicting 20th century Hispanic history of Houston, including some figures you will all recognize.


Start at: Meet in front of Fonde recreation center at Sabine and memorial (map here)

Meet time: at 8:15 am

Start time: leave at 830 am, planned riding time about 2 hours

Route map: Ride route map is here

Route photo album: here including vintage photos of some sites. To read the photo captions, click on the small “i” in the circle on the upper right of the photo

Lunch: Optional lunch after the ride at the Paper Company Café, 1100 Elder street, red line on the ride route map. About a 10 minute bike ride from the starting point, or you can drive there. I will lead you over and back.



Event: Bike Ride - Civil War sites in downtown Event Cost: Free
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Members: 27 Max Attendance: 20
Guests: 6 Spots Available: 0
Total Attendance: 33    
Overnight: No Kid Friendly: No
Skill Level: n/a Dog Friendly: No

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