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Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Well almost. From the time of Texas independence until the coming of big railroad networks  in the 1870s river steamboats in Texas were important as freight haulers. The Trinity River (a portion of which was flooded to create Lake Livingston was a route for dozens of steamboats  plying a route from the Gulf of Mexico to near Palestine, Texas. A few successfully navigated the Trinity as far as Dallas.  Two ghost towns, Swarthout (near Lake Livington State Park) on the South end of the lake, and Newport, South of Riverside, were important riverboat terminals.  The town of Riverside also had steamboat docks.  Success of the railroads doomed river freight traffic by the late 1870s, but boaters on Lake Livingston who are following the Trinity River Channel are taking the old steamboat route.

Lake Livingston 40 Years Old

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Lake Livingston celebrated its 40th anniversery in 2009, marking the completion of the impoudment dam in 1969.  The lake, a joint venture of the Trinity River Authority, and the city of Houston which funded the $84 million project, impounds about 1,750,000 acre-feet of water at a normal elevation of 131 feet above mean sea level.  An acre-foot of water is equal to one foot of water covering 1 acre, or about 326,000 gallons.

Most of the water in Lake Livingston is owned by the City of Houston.

The project first became visible in 1958, when the City of Houston announced plans for its development. Political wrangling kept the project from being approved by Houston voters until June of 1964, and construction got underway in 1966.