Each week, KHOU 11 News will bring you "This week in Houston history", as a way to highlight the achievements and advancements made each day in this great city of ours.
May 17, 1913 - The Rice Hotel officially opened its doors. The hotel stood on the site of the first Capitol of the Republic of Texas, before it was moved to Austin in 1839. According to City of Houston archives, Jesse Jones, a Houston entrepreneur, not only built the hotel but also many of the buildings around it. The building is now known as The Rice and houses luxury apartments.
Today in 1913, Jesse Jones opens his new Rice Hotel on the site of the first Texas capitol. pic.twitter.com/V0rfVTv1Nu— Houstorian (@Houstorian) May 17, 2017