Known as one of the world’s busiest ports, the Port of Houston Wharf gets a workout each day like few other ports anywhere on the planet. Handling over 65 percent of all United States cargo, the Wharf is home to over 150 companies in the area. With traffic of 8,000 ships and 200,000 barges annually, Port of Houston Wharf is a tremendous contributor to both the local and national economy. Estimated to contribute to more than one million jobs throughout Texas and the Gulf Coast, it also generates in excess of $4.5 billion in tax revenues for the area.
Over 100 years old, the Port of Houston Wharf owes much of its legacy to a hurricane that slammed the area in 1900. Up until then, there had been limited support for building the Wharf. However, after this natural disaster local and national leaders decided it made sense economically to build a ship channel that was capable of handling the new, larger vessels being built. As the discovery of oil in nearby Spindletop created a flux of people and business in the area, the ability to accommodate them became even more important.
The Wharf was eventually opened for business in 1914, with President Woodrow Wilson firing a cannon from his office via remote control to signal it was open for business. Many people today credit the Wharf for making Houston the city it is, and the Wharf itself has been recognized as one of the great civil engineering feats of the 20th-century.
Thanks to the Wharf, Texas has been recognized as the top exporting U.S. state for twelve years. With over $280 billion in exports coming from the state, it’s a sure thing the Wharf will continue to be a big deal in Texas for many years to come