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Not long after John and Augustus Allen founded Houston in 1836, two Frenchmen with a talent for hunting wild game arrived in the city. By 1840, the Russeau brothers had set up two covered tables at the northeast corner of what is now Market Square Park in downtown.
Not much is known of the brothers, other than they were capable hunters who took advantage of the plentiful wild game that flourished just a block away near Buffalo Bayou. They sold their game, as well as vegetables and provisions, from their tiny stand on this prominent plot in the newly formed city.
A version of this article originally appeared in the Houston Chronicle.
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