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  1. That's right, Hondo Hill was what it was called. Your memory is better than mine.
  2. I was not aware that darted bricks were so unknown. I should have given more of an explanation. I got the term 'darted bricks' from a man that was living in the apartments at the time. He is the one that pointed them out and piqued my interest in them. I can't remember his name. The way he talked I thought the term was common. Most bricks are laid straight, so that the face is smooth. Some bricks are laid with a row or two sticking out maybe a quarter inch or so. For example, in art deco. These techniques probably have names, but I don't know them. I'm not a brick layer. I just looked up in wikipedia about brickwork. Now I know some terms. The bricks on Easton Street were all laid stretcher, with the face smooth. Except that random bricks were darted. If I remember correctly, only about one in fifty had the dart. On one side of the hall, I'd say about 15 or 20 were darted. Maybe more. What I mean by darted is that after the brick is laid so that it has a smooth face, one edge on either perpend side is tapped so that the brick is slightly diagonal to the face of the wall. It was tapped in about a quarter inch. It makes a notch. Similar to the notch on the bottoms of glass jars that machines use to bump them out of the molds. The effect makes an interesting pattern. I'm surprised that it is so rare. Could that building be the only one in Houston? I haven't seen it in any other city either.
  3. Thanks. Looking at street maps, it looks like it has been torn down and now an Exxon is there. I never would have found it.
  4. Would anybody happen to have the address of the old RB Department Store? It was located somewhere in the Eastside area. Possibly on Harrisburg or Wayside. I remember the store being open between 1963 and 1970.
  5. Sometime about 1974 I was in a record store in Houston and picked up an ad for a concert. On a lark, I hopped on my motorcycle and drove to the concert. Following the directions I left Houston and headed west. It seems like I drove for 2 to 4 hours. Possibly, it was in San Antonio or Austin or thereabout. The concert was inside an area that was surrounded with tall cliffs. Almost like a crater. The cliffs must have been 50 to 75 feet tall. The area within the canyon was about as big as several football fields. It was mostly flat and grassy. I can not remember how to get there. Does anyone know where this concert was?
  6. It is possible that there were churches in the area with names like "Mount Zion," "Mount Calvary", and the like. Maybe the town called itself "Mount Houston" to give itself an evangelical flavor. If the names of the churches back in 1914 could be found, it might lend a clue.
  7. The Easton Square Apartments on 7901 Easton Street had darted bricks in the hallway. I saw them in 1979 and I thought that it was an interesting design. I have not seen darted bricks anywhere since. In 2015 I went there to take a picture of them. So that I could show people what I was talking about if the subject came up. To my dismay, all of the bricks had been torn down and replaced with inferior quality bricks. The new bricks are so soft that people are carving their names into them. The swimming pool is filled with broken bricks. I guess my opportunity for a photo shoot is in the bottom of that pile. Would anyone just happen to have a picture of the darted bricks at Easton Square? Or examples of darted bricks elsewhere?
  8. I looked at the 1955 map and it does show a prison farm south of Bellfort. Thanks. I do not remember any drive-in on Mykawa. I do not remember anything on Mykawa. I must have taken back roads and crossed Bellfort before reaching Mykawa. But I do remember the drive-in on South Park at what would become I-610. It is interesting that all of that was there in 1955. And Kelso Elementary only had 2 wings. They had 5, plus shacks for the 6th graders, by the time I got there.
  9. The Mykawa Pea Farm had several hectares (5 to 10 acres) of farmland around it. In the summer there would be rows and rows of peas growing. Sometimes there would be inmates in stripes picking the peas, with a shotgun toting guard watching. The building was far back off of Mykawa. I saw this this about 1965 to 1968. The thing I remember most was Honda Hill. It was on the northern edge of the Pea Farm, and back from the road about as much as the building. It was a hill of dirt about 3 stories tall. I thought it was either soil that was removed from the fields, or topsoil that was to be put on the fields. We found Honda Hill was the perfect place to ride our bicycles and minibikes. I heard stories of guards running the kids off, but I never got caught. I had a minibike that was not much more than a lawn mower engine on a bicycle frame. Centrifugal clutch, so it was very primitive. No lights, no horn, and the only brake was a joke (a paddle that pressed against the rear wheel). Honda Hill had a steep side (straight down) and a not so steep side. I had to push my centrifugal clutch up one side and then try to build up enough speed to fly off the steep side. Big thrill. Sometime after I moved, the Pea Farm was closed down and a city jail opened south of Bellfort. I thought that the Pea Farm was north of Bellfort. Somewhere near Donoho. I remember reaching Honda Hill from the back, not the Mykawa side. Does anybody have the address of the original Pea Farm. Please tell me I was not crazy enough to drive that totally not street worthy minibike several miles down two lane blacktop Mykawa.
  10. Does anybody have the exact dates that the Sage on Mykawa closed? Or that the Target opened?
  11. About 1962 there was a Sage on Mykawa just north of what would become the I-610 loop. I was about 7 years old, and (for whatever reason) decided to ride my bicycle from Cherbourg to Sage through the I-610 site. At the time, the I-610 had just started construction. The houses and other buildings had been demolished. The heavy equipment left huge ruts that were filled with mud. It took me a long time. By the time I finally got to Sage my bicycle and I were caked in mud. I was just dragging the bicycle. I was exhausted and could not get back home. Then I got scared. I told the security guy to call my mom. She came and got me but left my bicycle as trashed. I missed that bicycle. About 1970 or so mom would drive us to the Gulfgate Roller Rink. We would take I-610 and could see Sage on the way. Sage used to have billboards like "Louie Welch saved at Sage!" (Welch was mayor at the time.) Then Sage ran this billboard "Jesus saved at Sage!" People did not think it was funny. I remember my grand parents saying that it's what the world is coming to. There were a lot of people that would not shop there anymore. About 2 months later, I saw that the doors and windows were all boarded up. Sage was gone. A Target opened up there some months later.
  12. Aldine Mail Route. In the old days, all of the roads were dirt out there. The US Postal Service is required by law to have a road clear for moving mail. My guess is that Aldine Mail Route was named for being the first dirt road that was consistently graded (smoothed) for this reason.
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