The Hash has a long and storied history. Your best bet, if you want to know more, is to start with this tongue-in-cheek Wikipedia article about hashing in general and the very first hash house.
Houston’s hash has been around since 1979. In Houston, we’re only three generations removed from the original Hash House Harriers in Kuala Lumpur. Bill Panton, who hashed in KL, founded the Washington HHH in 1973. Jay “Captain Lewd” Gore, who hashed in Washington, founded the Philadelphia HHH in 1977. From Philly, Captain Lewd founded the Houston Hash in 1979. If you want to know more, ask Geek. He was one of the first Hashers in Houston and knows everything about the kennel’s history. Hooter Bill is another good resource, though he didn’t start hashing until run #10 or so.
More Hash History
- 17th running of the Galveston H3 — Hash trash
- What’s in a Hash name? — the different kind of names and how they’re bestowed on hashers
Houston Hash Traditions
- Hash songs — Links to dozens of sources for hash songs, plus downloads
- The Marathon Mile — The hash’s biggest public service event
- The Pooper Bowl — A culinary tradition
- The Hashit — Is it an award? Or a punishment?
- The Beer Mile — The only official r*ce of the Houston Hash
- The Ho Explained — Where we run when we’re not running the Hash