Seven WondersTeam Hou architects) and Mel Chin (artist), Sesquicentennial park, Allen H. carruth Promenade, Houston.
There are seven 70 foot tall pillars, highlighting Houston's history through the themes of agriculture, energy, manufacturing, medicine, philanthropy and transportation. Each column is constructed of 150 children's drawings, etched in stainless steel plate.
The column featured here is on the theme of transportation. The dedication paver reads: "Transportation: Houston lies at the intersection of Texas commerce and the world. The region's earliest road systems began on Buffalo Bayou, and the first Texas railroad terminated here. In 1919 commercial air service arrived, and the twentieth century made the Port of Houston one of the most important harbors in the world. Continental Airlines, rooted in Texas since its beginnings in El Paso in 1934, has made its headquarters in Houston since 1982. Capitalizing on the geographic and economic benefits of its Houston home, Continental's major hub at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport connects Houston to the World. Generously underwritten by Continental Airlines, Inc."
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