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The Waterways of Harris County

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That ours is a city of many gas stations, nail salons, cell phone boutiques, and chain drug stores is well known to even the most casual of Houston explorers, be they afoot or aboard an automobile.

Other aspects are revealed only to the most dedicated of adventurers, a category in which, if I may be so bold, I would place David Beebe and myself. After all, we have by now walked something close to 150 miles of Houston sidewalks covering every corner of the metropolis, from the Fifth Ward to Alief, the Pasadena Area to the far side of Spring Branch.

One such of these hidden delights is the fact that we are a city of many, many waterways. Sure, everyone knows we are the Bayou City, but most only really ever notice the big ones -- Brays, Hall's, Sims, Green's, White Oak and the mighty Buffalo.

After all our travel, we have discovered there are many more. Feast your eyes on the wild, wonderful waterways of Harris County, USA. -- John Nova Lomax

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