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  1. WOW! Thanks a million! This is some great info. -PB
  2. Hello Folks, Does anyone know anything about the history or the naming of Hadley Street? I am working on a project and I am trying to find out as many facts as I can. My project is circa 1910-1912, but I'm sure any info would be prior to that time. The street itself seems to be just a common street; no street car service, just a cross street. Anything would be appreciated. Thanks, PB
  3. Someone told me that house was moved to that site... can anyone confirm that?
  4. Here we go..... (Let me add a comment here: This hallway has glass walls (giant panels of glass) all the way to the end, on the right side, which was on the front side of the home. The opposite side of the house is the same, but reversed. It was like being in an airport, but you had all that jungle to look out at. Anyone standing outside in the front yard could easily see inside. Idea for your stalker girlfriend/boyfriend. It was still a freak'n awesome home.) THESE SCREEN GRABS ARE FOR STUDY PURPOSES AND TECHNICAL REVIEW: FAIR USE APPLIES
  5. I just pulled up the old 1978 satellite images, and it looks like it was a few houses west of Pinehill. I was really surprised at how short the back yard was, and that the pool was almost on top of Buffalo Bayou. The front yard was very jungle like, with a sunken garden space. Very reminiscent of that 60's Astroworld "River of No Return" ride. (And I don't say that as being disrespectful to the builder or the neighborhood.) To sit in the garden; it gave you this feeling like you were someplace else, as in a rural jungle out in the Amazon. This was a very expensive arrangement, and one I find
  6. Off the track here... There was a movie called "The Thief Who Came To Dinner" (1973) that was filmed in Houston. The house that was used in the movie was situated in Rive Oaks, on Willowick Dr. It was a 50's modern house. Long flat roof line, curved front exposure. I got to look around at that property back in the late 90's before it was demolish... I even wondered into the back yard with the sunken pool. Does anyone know the history of that house or where I can find photos and such? I really liked that house. PB
  7. OOPS, I forgot about this photo. This is what is enblazed in my memory of downtown..... this is the REAL reason they should have kept the mansions downtown.
  8. Houston was a planed commercial development. Once the infrastructure was put into place; cotton, oil, and shipping drove it's engine. Look at Frost Town. It's gone. Houston grew so fast, that by 1930 it was, and has stayed the largest city in Texas. Look at the 1891 map and you can see how spread out things were. Many of the "working class" lived in tiny box houses or stayed in apartments or boarding houses; if they lived in the city. You have to remember that there was a trolly service to get around. Here are some postcards of Main Street at around 1910. The original photo: Another postcar
  9. Hi danax, Yes this is a photograph of the first telegraph line in Houston. It's on the corner of Preston @ Fannin, looking east. This line going down to Galveston. The reason you can't see any wires is because of the very poor quality of the photo. What you have is crude copy. The poles were painted white to keep people from cutting them down and I also assume the same reason they used to whitewash trees. Anyway, see if these images help clear things up for you. There was only one line at first that ran between Houston & Galveston. Also there is a close-up of the 1873 map of Houston. Ther
  10. I'm looking for any photos of the Houston Home Telephone building on Harvard Street, between 4th and 5th. It was about three lots down from 5th Street. The approximate address was 430 Harvard Street. This was not the Southwestern Bell buildings located at the corner of Harvard and 8th. This was a single story, flat roofed building, on the east side of the street. It was built circa 1912. It was owned and operated by the Houston Home Telephone Company until 1915. It may be referred to as the Heights Telephone Company (building). Southwestern Telegraph & Telephone, (prior to becoming Southw
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