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Jesse H. Jones

Houston Ship Channel

Aerial photograph of the Houston Ship Channel

Annotated aerial photograph of the Houston Ship Channel

Concurrent to his ventures into real estate, Jones began his banking career by investing in local banks and becoming chairman of the National Bank of Commerce, known today as the Chase Bank of Texas. However, Jones and his fellow business leaders realized that without access to the sea, Houston's growth would be limited. City leaders went to Washington and convinced Congress to pay half the cost of building the Houston Ship Channel, enlarging Buffalo Bayou to be accessible to larger vessels. Jones personally rallied his friends for funding and gathered the other half himself.

Ships at anchor in the Houston Ship Channel

Ships at anchor in the Houston Ship Channel