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HAS MONTHLY MEETING November 16th, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

“Pleasant Bend: Upper Buffalo Bayou and the San Felipe Trail in the Nineteenth Century” – Dan Worrall

Dan Worrall

Texas historian and author, Dan Worrall, will present a program at the Thursday, November 16, 7:00 p.m. meeting of the Houston Archeological Society highlighting his new book, Pleasant Bend: Upper Buffalo Bayou and the San Felipe Trail in the Nineteenth Century. The meeting will be held in Doherty 009, an auditorium in the basement of Doherty Library on the University of St. Thomas campus.

Worrall’s book tells the story of the forgotten pioneers who settled rural western Harris County – not the early movers and shakers of the city of Houston, but the everyday men and women who lived on the frontier that lay to its west, in what much later became River Oaks, Post Oak/Uptown, Tanglewood, West University Place, the Memorial Villages and Spring Branch, Briar Forest, Barker and Addicks Reservoirs, and eastern Katy. They were farmers and planters, slaves and freedmen, soldiers and innkeepers, sawyers and cowboys. Urban Houston’s explosive expansion during the twentieth century buried their story, until now.

“Settlement began here in 1824, a dozen years before the city of Houston was founded,” said Worrall. “Ox wagons full of cotton traveled from the Brazos River east to Harrisburg along the San Felipe Trail, built in 1830. Along this same road, Texian families fled eastward during the Runaway Scrape of 1836, immigrant Germans trekked westward to new farms in the 1840s, and newly freed African American families walked eastward toward Houston after Emancipation. Along a part of this old road, Reconstruction-era cowboys assembled herds of longhorns and headed north along a southeastern branch of the Chisholm Trail.”

Dan Worrall was born in Poteet, Texas, but has been a resident of the Greater Houston area for most of his life. Dan is one of a fifth generation of his family to live in the Houston area, and some of his ancestors lived at Pleasant Bend, Piney Point, and Wheaton’s Ford along the San Felipe Trail. He is a member of the Harris County Historical Commission and a director of the historic Morse-Bragg Cemetery Association. A retired geologist for Shell Oil, Dan is a graduate of Rice University, Northwestern University, and received his PhD in Geology from the University of Texas at Austin.

We will be meeting in Doherty Library for the rest of the year while MD Anderson Hall, our regular venue, is under renovation. Attendees will be required to check in at the front desk of the library and to show one ID (driver’s license is fine) to gain access to the Doherty Library. Doherty 009 is a theater style auditorium in the basement of the building and can be accessed by stairs or an elevator. We urge everyone to get there early to go through the check in process so we can start the meeting promptly at 7:00.

For a campus map of St. Thomas University, go to and look for the For a campus map of St. Thomas University, go to and look for the Interactive Map, Building 22, Doherty Library. Street parking is available as well as paid parking ($5) in Moran Center Garage at the corner of West Alabama and Graustark.  For more information about this program or about the HAS, please contact


HAS Journals 134 thru 136 have now been scanned and are now available for free download. Please go to the HAS Journal Archive Section to view them.


HAS Journal No. 137 is now available. This issue of the HAS Journal contains thirteen articles about various aspects of Texas archeology covering the Paleoindian, Archaic, Late Prehistoric, and Historic periods Complimentary copies may be obtained by HAS members at the monthly meetings. Non-HAS members may purchase copies through Go to the HAS Journals Section for a link to the publication on the website. Alternatively, copies may be purchased at the HAS Monthly Meetings.

HAS REPORTS #28 (The Kellum-Noble House) and #29 (The Andy Kyle Archeological Collection) NOW AVAILABLE

The Houston Archeological Society has made available the HAS Reports #28(The Kellum-Noble House) and 29 (The Andy Kyle Archeological Collection)- These publications are available free to members of the Society. Members should make sure that they collect their copies of these reports at the next monthly meeting. If you wish to purchase additional copies then you can find them on You can find the appropriate links in our List section.

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