On May 30, 1922, George Hermann, a millionaire, donated land to the city that would later
become the Hermann Park. September of the same year saw the start of the Houston Zoo. The zoo was started when Houston schoolchildren bought two ostriches. The zoo was later moved from Sam
Houston Park to Hermann Park. September 26 saw the first international-bound ship in the port. During the Roaring
Twenties, more specifically 1927, the state highway to Houston
was built. Bus and truck operations also fell into swing. Houston Junior College opened its doors that same year, which would
later become the University of
Houston. August 1929 saw the first Sears into Houston.
Then Black Tuesday threw devastating blow to the economy of the entire United
States. Houston's growth
was much smaller, but the city still grew. Mexican Americans no longer saw easy to obtain jobs, yet several were successful
by catering to the Caucasian market in the city.