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endless prairie

A glimpse of saltmarsh prairie. Imagine the hamlet of Houston is somewhere just over the horizon.

Do you ever wonder what the land where you live looked like before you arrived? Playing around with the historical photos in Google Earth* can give you an idea what one might have seen, at least from the air, as far back as about 1940.

But what about 150 or more years ago, before the tangle of highways and sea of rooftops? If you live along the Texas Gulf Coast, can you picture the millions of acres of tall grass prairie? Coastal prairie, steeped with marshland and traced with shady bayous, was the predominate landscape in our area from the Pleistocene Era to a few decades ago.


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