Houston Ship Channel is deepened
On this day in 1914, the city of Houston celebrated the deepening of the Houston Ship Channel to twenty-five feet. The channel between Houston and Galveston Bay had been the object of several previous improvement projects, most notably Charles Morgan's dredging operations in 1874-76. Houston leader Jesse Jones was a prominent sponsor of the 1914 improvements. The Houston Ship Channel is one of the busiest waterways in America. By the 1970s some 4,500 ships annually passed through the channel, which is now 200 feet wide and 40 feet deep in places.