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  1. Houston 1967 street view question

    Okay, my original thought was Gulf Freeway at Scott but when I pulled up streetview it seemed too far away. But I just looked at my 1976 directory and it shows a Gulf and a Mobil at that intersection. Probably just a coincidence as the angle doesn't look quite right between Scott and the freeway either.
  2. Houston 1967 street view question

    Just guessing but it would seem to me it would have to be Gray or Calhoun (St. Joseph) since it is one way inbound. This would also work with the billboard and the tall Gulf sign, that would be visible from the Gulf Freeway. Maybe Gray and La branch? Seems to sorta work from street view.
  3. There used to be US75 signs on the feeder at Broad/Myrtle (And it looks like at least one is still there),-95.3045268,3a,75y,261.5h,87.5t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s5b98lA7A35jMMHtPW1JEcw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656 They used to be on both sides of the freeway but I only see them here on google maps. Also somewhere it that area (maybe the same intersection), they replaced a set of them on one corner at some point in the late 90s (i think) and incorrectly put State Highway 75 Shields up.
  4. Battlesteins

    I don't think the San Jacinto Mall Beall's was planned as a Battlestein's. The Beall's on Texas Ave in downtown Baytown closed and reopened at the mall when it opened. The Penney's and Sears also moved their Texas Ave locations when the mall opened. Same thing with The Fair (aka Bay Fair) It moved from Bay Plaza on Alexander. Also, my memory thinks the Battlestein's at Almeda had already turned into a Palais Royal by like 1978 or 1979
  5. Where was this Stop N Go?

    Here you go. I just searched UHaul locations. Beechnut & Bissonnet,-95.5031353,3a,75y,246.44h,87.94t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sHvLf-mH_vXzCHJ1DpC0PfA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656
  6. Arlan's Market, Big Chief, and Safeway

    The "Hydroponic" Fiesta. Named such because some of the produce was growing in water. It was at NASA Rd 1 and I-45. Where Burlington Coat Factory is now.
  7. In 1995 (I think), something damaged the bridge over the San Jacinto River on the East Freeway. The bridge was closed for at least two or three weeks, but probably longer (bad memory). No feeder roads there, of course. TxDot had diverted through traffic over to US90. I believe the freeway part of 90 over the river between the Beltway and Crosby was still fairly new, it would have really sucked to have to do that over the old Beaumont Highway. I was living in Baytown and working near Fondren and Westpark, so I had to take this commute daily. Before the collapse my drive time was something like 45 min. With the freeway closed, and US90 overloaded, my commutes reached 1.5 to 2 hours sometimes. An alternative would have been 225 to 146, but the Fred Hartman bridge wasn't open yet, and the extra load on the Baytown tunnel made it the worse choice.
  8. Old Street Grid Near Pinemont and Antoine

    Looks like the street grid is from the original plat for Rosslyn. You can see the old block book pages here: I glanced through them quickly but it looks like Rosslyn starts at page 163 through 221 First jpg in series: Last jpg in series: As you mentioned some of the street grid is still extant and some of the original grid is still in the current block books even if the streets are not there. This seems to be primarily in the area along Bingle between 290 and Tidwell where there are a lot of original property lines. In the old block books, you can see the original street names and the current street names etc. Orange is now Castlebay 11th is now Lumberton Evergreen is Tidwell 13th is Bingle etc..... Not sure why the streets were abandoned except to speculate that often, a street grid is platted but it never seems to take hold. Looking at the aerial from 1944, it looks pretty much abandoned even then. Maybe farmers consolidated the lots and used them for growing? According to the Handbook of Texas, Rosslyn had already lost its Post Office by 1917.
  9. The Real Randalls #1

    Do you have 11821 Wilcrest? Maybe that wasn't in Houston City Limits in the 70's?
  10. The Real Randalls #1

    Maybe they didn't officially rebrand the old Randall's Super Valu stores until they had to, which would have been 1966. Along the lines of Randalls #5 and #9 maybe the missing Super Valu locations are in Pasadena (as you suggested). Wonder where you could find 5 and 9. Old newspaper ad with all locations?
  11. The Real Randalls #1

    So not sure this helps you or if you already have it or not but I looked it up in my city directories for 1966 and 1976. 1976 it lists 4615 Mangum as Randall's with Mgr Randall Onstead. 1966 it is NOT listed as a Randall's but as the Mangum Minimax. Here is the rest of the information on Randall's from those two years. 1976: Randall's Food Stores (no store numbers listed) 5550 North Frwy (Billy Young, mgr) This is PLAZA MINIMAX in 1966. Structure built 1960 per HCAD. 9448 Long Point (Harold Westbrook, mgr) Nothing at this address in 1966 11621 Katy Frwy (Cletia Rogers, mgr) Nothing here is 1966 either 4615 Mangum (Randall Onstead, mgr) This is MANGUM MINIMAX in 1966. Structure built 1956 per HCAD. (also had another listing at the same Mangum address as "super market" instead of "food stores" with Joseph R. Alexander as manager) 1966: Randall's Super Markets (Robert Onstead) No.1: 7528 South Park No.2: Not listed No.3: 10810 South Post Oak No.4: 6019 Bellfort No.5: 5714 Bissonnet No.6: Not listed No.7: Not listed No.8: 1633 S. Voss No.9: 6811 Bellfort The 1966 listings are the Randall's Super Value Markets since the new Randall's Food Market was only founded in July of 1966. According to Robert Onstead's obituary, they sold the original chain in 1962 to Hubbard out of El Paso. They changed the name to Food Mart and then Piggly Wiggly. Interesting that in 1966 it still shows up as Randall's Super Markets.
  12. The Real Randalls #1

    There was a Randall's at 43rd and Mangum. It was in the wedge north of 43rd between Mangum and the RR tracks. The building is still extant and evidently it is now a school called the Mangum Education Center (according to google maps). The old school Randall's post sign was still in the parking lot in the early 2000s (I have a photo of it somewhere).,-95.4620966,622m/data=!3m1!1e3
  13. Almeda Mall

    US Golf and Games? 10106 Thermon
  14. Arlan's Market, Big Chief, and Safeway

    I don't know anything about the Big Chief chain but 1011 N. Main in Highlands was a Big Chief from the 60s until at least the mid-80s if not longer. I do have a vague recollection of them opening another location in maybe in Crosby or Baytown. It looks a little different now, but this is the building Google Street View linky
  15. Arlan's Market, Big Chief, and Safeway

    Wow! Nice call on my quote! Yep. It's from Blockbuster. For some reason I have always liked that song. I may have over played my hand. Maybe not TOO much like Westbury Square, just a feel with the "old English" style, the clock tower, the second floor offices, and the little plaza areas in front of part of it. The second floor is still there, you can see the windows on the back side and they may still lease out some of the space, not sure.