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As opposed to the way the city of Houston is pronounced, Houston street is pronounced th way it is shown in the image of a restaurant window.

The street is named for William Houstoun, who was a Georgia delegate to the Continental Congress and to the United States Constitutional Convention in 1787.

It is a bit ambiguous as to why the modern spelling is different since New York City documents of the era show the spelling as “Houstoun.”

It is a common misconception that the street is named for Sam Houston.

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Written by Paulo Loreto

December 24, 2011 at 7:04 PM