Endangered historical and archeological sites topic of Jan. 21 Archeological Society meeting

Shown are Louis Aulbach and Linda Gorski cruising down the bayou.

Shown are Louis Aulbach and Linda Gorski cruising down the bayou.

Local historians, writers and avocational archeologists Louis Aulbach and Linda Gorski will present a program entitled Endangered Historical and Archeological Sites along Buffalo Bayou at the Tuesday, January 21, meeting of the Fort Bend Archeological Society.  The program will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the assembly hall of the Gus George Law Enforcement Academy at 1521 Eugene Heimann Circle in Richmond. The public is invited to attend this free event.

Buffalo Bayou, the waterway on which the City of Houston was founded, contains many historic ruins and archeological sites along its 60+ miles of banks and adjacent lands.   Aulbach and Gorski will discuss several of these sites which are prime subjects for historical archeology, but which are also in danger of being lost to development.  “Although there are many historical sites along the bayou, many of them are on private property and probably will never be excavated to recover the historical past”, said Aulbach.  “However, there are a good number of sites on public property that if properly surveyed and excavated have a chance to contribute to our understanding of local history.”

Aulbach and Gorski have spent the last thirteen years researching sites along Buffalo Bayou for Aulbach’s recently published book Buffalo Bayou: An Echo of Houston’s Wilderness Beginnings.  Some of the sites they will discuss in this presentation include Camp Logan, a WWI Training Camp in Memorial Park, Shepherd’s Dam which was built near the site of the present Shepherd Drive Bridge, Frost Town, settled in 1836 in a bend on the south bank of Buffalo Bayou approximately ½ mile downriver from the present site of Houston that would become Houston’s first residential suburb, and Harrisburg, once the capital of the Republic of Texas. “We’ve hiked or paddled most of the Bayou from its headwaters in Katy,” said Gorski.  “The photos we have taken document the many historic ruins we’ve discovered along the Bayou and will be part of this PowerPoint presentation.”  .

Louis Aulbach, a native Houstonian, is a graduate of St. Thomas High School, Rice University and received his MBA from the University of Chicago. Aulbach is the vice president of the Houston Archeological Society.  Linda Gorski is a writer and research consultant and is the president of the Houston Archeological Society and one of the founders of the Fort Bend Archeological society.  For more information about this presentation, email Linda Gorski at lindagorski@cs.com

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