Thursday, July 27, 2006

Funny laws

These were once Houston city ordinances that probably weren't so crazy back then:

Be it ordained by the Mayor, Aldermen and Inhabitants of the City of Houston, That from the 17th day of July, 1865, it shall not be lawful for owners of hogs, sows or pigs, to suffer or permit the same to go at large in the limits of the city.

The penalty carried a fine between $1 and $5 (about $59 today) per day.

Be it ordained by the Mayor, Aldermen, and Inhabitants of the City of Houston, That all persons who may be found drunk in or about the streets, and creating a noise and disturbance; all public prostitutes or such as lead a notorious, lewd or lascivious course of life; all persons who may be found in a public place dressed in any apparel not appropriate to the sex to which they belong; all persons who keep disorderly houses, pursue disorderly conduct on their premises, shall be fined not less than five nor more than fifty (about $1027 today) dollars.

[...] Passed December 30, 1861.



At 11:04 PM, Blogger laanba said...

Oh no, disorderly houses! Did they rescind that law? I might be in trouble.


At 3:19 AM, Blogger J.R.G. said...

Heh! Now that I think about it, I hope I didn't accidentally start an effort to shake the dust off that old ordinance!

Nice pic of the Alamo, by the way.

At 12:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

man, if they still enforced that second one the city's financial woes would be over. I know lots of drunken transvestites who keep messy houses!!

At 2:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I found in a book at the Texas room a reference to someone being charged with "profanity over the telephone". for shame!

At 8:46 PM, Anonymous laanba said...

Thanks! I guess this makes me a nerd, but I just love hanging out in the plaza in front of the Alamo watching the people and looking at the building.

At 11:29 PM, Blogger J.R.G. said...

Yeah, it's hard to get a good picture of the Alamo like that because throngs of people tend to walk past.

I'll keep checking in to see what other pics you put up.


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