Herning Trail (now Willow Creek Sled Trail) was used for freighting supplies to the Willow Creek Mining District. "Houston Siding" was first listed on a blueprint map of the Alaska Railroad in 1917; it was named after Congressman William Cannon Houston of Tennessee. Several coal mines were developed in the area during 1917-18. A railroad spur was constructed to the Janios & Athens coal mine, which supplied coal to Anchorage and the LaTouche Mining Co. in Prince William Sound. In the mid-1920s, the Heaven brothers operated a mink farm at mile 59.6. In 1953-54, gravels roads and power lines were extended west of Wasilla, and Houston was quickly settled. In 1966, Houston became an incorporated city. In June 1996, the "Miller's Reach" wildfire destroyed more than 37,500 acres in the Houston and Big Lake area, including 433 buildings and homes valued at $8.9 million. 12.3% of the population are Alaska Native or part Native. Popular recreation sites include Prator Lake and the Little Su River.. There are several community organizations, such as Mid-Valley Seniors, the Homesteaders Community Center, and the Houston Chamber of Commerce. Elementary students attend Big Lake and Willow schools. The Houston High School serves students from the surrounding area. During the 2000 U.S. Census, there were 581 total housing units, and 136 were vacant. 98 of these vacant housing units are used only seasonally. 452 residents were employed. The unemployment rate at that time was 17.67%, although 48.69% of all adults were not in the work force. The median household income was $39,615, per capita income was $17,213, and 17.09% of residents were living below the poverty level.
Titletaken from front. View of AlaskaEngineeringCommissionRailwaytracks atmile175, at Houstonsiding, Houston, Alaska, with railroadcar on tracks in background. Also from front: "A.E.C. G1277." An AlaskaEngineeringCommissionphoto. Photographer'snumberG1277. April16, 1919. Photographer: H.G.K. Originalphotographsize: 8" x10".
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Legislative assembly, territory of Alaska: Hearings before the Committee on the territories, House of representatives, Sixty-fourth Congress, first session, on H.R. 6056 ... February 15, 1916
CONTRIBUTORS: Author: Wickersham, James (b. 1857, d. 1939)
PUBLISHER: Govt. print. off. (Washington)
PUB TYPE: Book
PAGES (INTRO/BODY): 22 p.
SUBJECT(S): Alaska; Politics and government; 1867-1959; Finance, Public
DISCIPLINE: No discipline assigned
LC NUMBER: HJ295 .A5 1916
PUB ID: 101-160-770 (Last edited on 2002/02/27 17:05:22 US/Mountain)
William C. Houston, chairman. Statement of Hon. James Wickersham.
HOUSTON, William Cannon
HOUSTON, William Cannon, a Representative from Tennessee; born near Shelbyville, Bedford County, Tenn., March 17, 1852; moved with his mother to Woodbury, Cannon County, Tenn., in 1858; attended the schools of Woodbury and Sweetwater, Tenn.; engaged in agricultural pursuits and later in the publication of a newspaper; member of the State house of representatives 1877-1879 and 1881-1885; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1878 and commenced practice in Woodbury, Tenn.; member of the Democratic State executive committee in 1888; chairman of the Democratic State convention in 1888; elected judge of the eighth judicial circuit in 1894, was reelected in 1902, and served until elected to Congress; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-ninth and to the six succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1905-March 3, 1919); chairman, Committee on the Census (Sixty-second Congress), Committee on Territories (Sixty-third through Sixty-fifth Congresses); was not a candidate for renomination in 1918; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1920; died on his plantation, “Beaver Dam,” near Woodbury, Tenn., August 30, 1931; interment in Riverside Cemetery, near Woodbury, Tenn.
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William Cannon Houston was an American politician and a member of the United States House of Representatives for the 5th congressional district of Tennessee. He was born on March 17, 1852 in Shelbyville, Tennessee in Bedford County. He moved with his mother to Woodbury, Tennessee in Cannon County in 1858. He attended the schools of Woodbury and Sweetwater, Tennessee. He engaged in agricultural pursuits and later in the publication of a newspaper.
He was a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives from 1877 to 1879 and from 1881 to 1885. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1878, and commenced practice in Woodbury, Tennessee. He was a member of the Democratic state executive committee in 1888. He was chairman of the Democratic state convention in 1888. He was elected judge of the eighth judicial circuit in 1894, was re-elected in 1902, and served until elected to Congress.
He was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-ninth and the six succeeding Congresses. He served from March 4, 1905 to March 3, 1919, but he was not a candidate for renomination in 1918. He was the chairman of the United States House Committee on the Census during the Sixty-second Congress and chairman of the United States House Committee on Territories during the Sixty-third through Sixty-fifth Congresses. He was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1920. He died on his plantation, "Beaver Dam," near Woodbury, Tennessee on August 30, 1931. He was interred in Riverside Cemetery near Woodbury, Tennessee.
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Houston, William Cannon (1852-1931) — also known as William C. Houston — of Woodbury, Cannon County, Tenn. Born in Bedford County, Tenn., March 17, 1852. Democrat. Member of Tennessee state legislature, 1876, 1880; Presidential Elector for Tennessee, 1888; state court judge in Tennessee, 1894; U.S. Representative from Tennessee 5th District, 1905-19. Christian. Died in 1931. Interment at Riverside Cemetery, Woodbury, Tenn.
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In the late 1800s and early 1900s William Cannon Houston was the county's most prominent politician. Cannon established the Woodbury newspaper, practiced law, and served in the state legislature as a young man; from 1904 to 1918 he served in the United States Congress and often entertained important southern Democratic leaders at his home on the outskirts of Woodbury.
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