The Exciting Discovery of Mount Houston                 (Home)

John P. Bridge

I am extremely happy and excited to report that after scouring Southeast Texas these past eighteen years I have happened upon the elusive Mount Houston.  Amazingly, it is not located anywhere near Mt. Houston Road in the city of Houston, as I always thought it must be.  No, it's over on the west side of Barker-Cypress Road, right where West Road comes to an end, adjacent to the Copperfield development.

So it turns out Mount Houston is not in the city at all but in an unincorporated area of Harris County, and it appears to be on private property.  It is behind a barbed wire fence, and there are cattle grazing around its base.

I have driven right past it many times, thinking it was nothing more than a huge pile of fill dirt, which is what it resembles.  But I now have it on very reliable information that it is indeed the legendary Mount Houston, the only mountain in Southeastern Texas.  In fact, it is the only mountain anywhere near the entire Gulf Coast Region, which stretches from Mexico all the way to the Florida Keys.

The good news is that anyone can drive out and view this landmark now that we know its location.  Barker-Cypress Road is about 3 mi. west of State Hwy 6 and runs between I-10 and US 290.  Mount Houston is located about  3 mi. north of FM 529 on the west side of the road.  You can't miss it.

The bad news is that Mount Houston is slowly but surely being carted away by a bevy of dump trucks whose owners apparently have no interest in preserving our natural heritage.  Looking at the picture, you can see that the entire top of the mountain has already been removed, and gouges have been made by digging equipment in the remaining portions.

Having been heretofore relegated to obscurity, it appears this landmark is now being treated merely as a giant source of fill dirt for the widening of Barker-Cypress Road, a project that is in progress as I write. 

Oh, the heartache of it all.  If something isn't done soon, the majestic Mount Houston will be lost to us and to posterity.  Our children's children will be denied the joy of standing at its base and gazing upon its awe-inspiring grandeur.

Well, I simply do not intend to let that happen.  I won't stand for it,  and accordingly I am hereby launching the "Save Mount Houston Campaign."  I am asking all of you to join me in preserving this marvelous piece of topography.  There are a number of things you can do to help.

1.  Register to be a charter member of the Save Mount Houston Campaign by sending an email to mountain@johnbridge.com and pledging your support.

2.  Contact your state senator and state representative in Austin and make them aware of our plight.  They probably won't do anything to help, but let's bug them anyway.

3.  If we get enough people involved, we can probably chain ourselves together around Mount Houston's base to at least temporarily curtail the disgusting land grab (or dirt grab) that is taking place.

4.  Most importantly, call or write Harris County Commissioner Steve Radack, whose Precinct 3 is home to Mount Houston.  Tell him you simply won't stand for the continuation of the defilement that is occurring.  And just for the fun of it, don't tell him where Mount Houston is.  Let's see if he really knows his precinct. 

These are just a few thoughts on what might be done.  Be sure to include your ideas and suggestions when you send your email to mountain@johnbridge.com.

I tell you, folks, the situation is desperate.  Even if we somehow manage to stop the debasement of Mount Houston today, it will take decades to bring back the truckloads of dirt necessary to restore this wonderful edifice to its original pristine state.  We may even have to purchase dirt from the Texas Hill Country.

There is no time to waste.  Let's get on it today.

John P. Bridge

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