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  1. The property at 203 Aurora (near the corner of Harvard) is a house that according to the plat and property-line, is the south 77ft of that address.  There is a "0 Aurora" that is the NORTH 43 ft of that property, facing the popular Heights alleyways (HCAD link) and is for sale via Linebarger-Goggan (LINK) and could be obtained very cheaply.   The property there seems to be nothing but the backyard for the property of 203 Aurora.  I'm trying to figure out, I guess, how or why in the hell did someone break up these properties in such a way that makes the backyard a separate property and difficult to get to.  If it wasn't for the public alleyway, you wouldn't be able to get to it at all.  I know that there are access rules when buying property.  Would the owner of 203 Aurora be forced to provide Aurora driveway access to me for the backyard property it if was purchased?  With Heights area property so expensive, if the property could be had cheaply, could it make sense to put a "tiny house" on the back and rent it out?  Let's say that the property behind 203 Aurora could be had for $23,000 - which is a steal!  Then, put a $30,000-$40,000 "tiny house" on the back.  Total investment, $60,000-$70,000.  Rent a 200-300q/ft "tiny house" out for $1200-$1400 a month, that's a superb profit margin.    


    Can I get some comments from HAIFers?



  2. I thought the train went entirely way too slow through for the new Red line.  There were several overpasses and steep turns, which I understand it will go slower through, but I thought it went TOO slow through both of them.  It felt like it went 5 mph through the turns, which it should be able to handle much faster than that.  I also thought it went too slow through the residential areas.  Lastly, I was surprised that the train had to stop, twice even, at such places as the 610-North loop underpass, where it clearly had no preferential treatment to crossing automobile traffic.  My entire thought was it that this is a much slower mode of transportation than a bus.  I think the UH Downtown station southward generally makes fairly decent time as a transportation medium, the new Red line north of UH Downtown is horribly slow. 


    I also thought the Burnett Station seemed very out of place, stuck 3 stories up on an overpass.  Hmm.....

  3. Some time ago, I had an old street map of Houston that dated somewhere between 1890-1930's that was a map that showed old places of interest around Houston, and had Grogan's Mill placed on it (at 25th and Yale). I cannot find this map anywhere in my archives and wish to relocate it.  Does anyone here of the history buff's have a copy of this old map?  I would like to have a copy of it back. 



  4. Happy Friday...

    I was stunned when I found this, but would you believe that there is an old section of the original alignment of Braes Bayou right in the middle of the Texas Medical Center, hiding in plain sight? I found it today while walking by MD Anderson and the University of Texas School of Nursing building. The UTSN building is at the SE corner of Bertner and Holcombe. Just east of this building is a small park, which contained the homestead of a family that saw the TMC growing all around it and decided to give their 1 acre of land to the TMC under the stipulation that it be left as a park. At the north end of this park, about 15 feet from Holcombe, is a 20 foot deep gully that extends the full length of the park, west to east. After calling my brother, Texas Freeway (http://www.texasfreeway.com) owner/webmaster and doing some research online, it appears that this little 20 foot deep gully is perhaps the only remaining section of the original Braes Bayou, PRE Army Corp of Engineers re-alignment, dredging, concreting that took place in the 50's. See, the original Braes Bayou winded incessantly across Houston in a path that had to have taken water 2-3 times longer to pass through Houston's, so the ACoE decided to straighten the bayou's to provide more direct water drainage, and foliage elimination to provide less resistance. This little section of the bayou is visible in GoogleEarth historical imagery as well as TOPO maps on www.historicaerials.com going back to 1915 that show the winding alignment in this direct spot, adjacent to present day Holcombe Blvd.

    It would post some snap-shops in HistoricAerials or GoogleEarth to show this comparison, but I am short on time right now - perhaps another faithful HAIF poster can put some up?


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  5. If I recall correctly, when Cinco Ranch was first being developed and advertised, part of the "hype" was that they used to film early cowboy movies there. That could be interesting, if true.

    I don't know about "movies", but there was at least one movie filmed out in the area of the LH7 Ranch and Addicks Resevior called "North of 36". I don't know of any others. "North of 36" was a silent black/white movie that came out by Paramount Pictures in 1924 and was shot all around the area.



    These two links may be of interest to you... I'd love to have a copy of "North of 36" on video, if anyone has it...

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  6. Oh wow!!! I never saw the Historic Aerials website before! I just spent a good half hour looking at the Addicks area from 1957, 1964, 1973, 1981, 2002, and 2004. Unbelievable that we have satellite photos going back that far (and in such clarity too). That clears up any mystery about the path of Addicks Fairbanks Road, I guess.

    I guess now I sort of know what used to be built on the side of Addicks Fairbanks Road that I found in ruins last weekend. From the 1957-1973 photos, it is much less covered by trees, and I can see some sort of structure built there just before the road straightens out to the northeast near Bear Creek Park. There is also some sort of ditch leading to it running east-west.

    The entrance to Hillendahl-Egglin cemetery is much clearer in the 1957 & 64 aerials. The little road spouts off from the 90 degree turn. This road is the only right of way all the way up to the 1981 photo, so the new Eldridge Parkway must have been done after 1981.

    I also scrolled down south of Patterson, west of Addicks Fairbanks, and found the mysterious cross of trees buried deep within the greenery. According to the 1957 aerial, it used to be surrounded by cleared farmland, which makes sense that it was some sort of fish farm. There is also a road running east-west to Addicks Fairbanks directly below the circle/cross, which I presume is the forgotten Lamb Rd.

    Yes, that is the forgotten "Lamb Rd", mentioned on at least one of the Houston maps on texasfreeway.com.

  7. Highland Park was, at the turn of the century, a thriving park and promenade that Houstonian's would flock to for outdoor entertainment. According to the website http://houstorian.wordpress.com/2009/02/08/highland-park//, Highland part included a lake with leisure boating, places to eat, rides, and even a shooting range. Today, much of the land of Highland Park sits right where I-45 and I-10 join just NW of downtown Houston, but considerable unchanged land of the original Highland Park still exists on both the west and east side of I-45.

    I'm fascinated by the former existence of this grand outdoor entertainment venue that opened in 1903 and today not an ounce of it seems to exist. I've explored the land that's there today and compared it against the postcards that show it's grand existence and cannot seem to make heads-or-tales of just exactly where anything was of the park. Does anyone have any more details about where building and structures where of Highland Park? Certainly some evidence of the park still exists today, but I can't find it...


  8. Ever since finding out and searching for the Franklin Street bridge crypt, I have been fascinated by the apparent porch under the bridge there that appears to be remnants of the old Franklin Street bridge. It appears to have direct access to the Magnolia Brewery building, but I don't know what they use it for. I have posted pictures here, just in case you don't know what I'm talking about. Does anyone know if this is indeed parts of the old Franklin Street bridge or not?




  9. Ok. So, I'm living in the 25th and Arlington house now and I received a letter in the mail today for a "J R Whitson Small Eng Rep". I knew that the home was either an auto repair shop or a small engine repair shop, but wasn't sure and didn't know the name. This confirms it. Does someone on this forum have any info on this and can give any business info?

  10. Hello everyone!

    Could there be a setting on my computer as to why I cannot view the pictures if the Astroworld Hotel? I cannot seem to find any pictures on the web of these suites.Can someone please help?I am a native Houstonian and remember this era very well,but I would really be interested in seeing these pictures!


    Email me at theoriginalkj (at) gmail.com and I'll send you pics..

  11. ...and I guess you could call it an abandoned railroad, as there are trolley rails underneath the pavement on North Main. The only place that I have ever been able to tell where the trolley tracks were is at the intersection of Main, 20th, Calvacade, and Studewood. Look in the middle of the intersection and you will see it clearly....only you probably didn't know what caused that near perfect pair of cracks in the asphalt while you sat at the light.

    I go by that intersection of Main, 20th, Calvalcade, and Studewood every day and I don't personally see the marks in the intersection you refer to. According to the Electric Railroad map, the rail went up Studewood and then turned to the left and continued up North Main at that point.

    I would like to know if there are ANY points on the entire route where actual rails from the streetcar era are still visible. I don't doubt that there are a few points where the rail is still under the concrete, but I'm talking about still visible... anyone??


  12. Here's a map of where all the Electric Railroads in Houston ever where. It's been interesting for me to see the various former rail routes and see the landscape today. The map shows, for example, the Camp Logan electric railway entrance going west on Ariel Street, where Camp Logan maps indicate the entrance was. I had never figured the Camp Logan entrance to be that far south of Washington.



    The old SP line that basically paralleled Southwest Fwy was called the "Kenedy Line". Here is a couple of pics of the old Kenedy courtesy of abandonedrails.com. http://www.abandoned...es/ngxf0o1o.jpg



    I remember when it used to cross west of the diamond behind what now is Fox 26. I'm not sure what was back there near Greenbriar/Shepherd that the line still serviced but the tracks were still in use up to Shepherd until the late 80's and Ringling Bros. used the small section between Weslayan and Kirby to park the Circus train until The Summit/Compaq Center closed its doors.

    There are more abandoned railroads in Houston than I can ever recall. There once was a southbound spur from the SP main that crossed Washington Avenue, had a long bridge over Memorial and Allen Pkwy, and crossed W. Dallas. That line was abandoned when the Ed Sacks Paper Co. closed. The Katy line mentioned above turned south at Dowling and crossed I-45 service road once it was east of downtown. This portion of the Katy was abandoned and tracks removed after MKT was purchased by UP in '88. The Heights had its own SP spur as well. It split off of the SP main where Wal Mart is going to be located and ran parallel with Yale until you reached 7th street. It turned west and ran next to the Katy until it reached Nicholson and then diamonded across the Katy and headed north paralleling Nicholson street until 25th street where it ended at the big warehouse.

    ...and I guess you could call it an abandoned railroad, as there are trolley rails underneath the pavement on North Main. The only place that I have ever been able to tell where the trolley tracks were is at the intersection of Main, 20th, Calvacade, and Studewood. Look in the middle of the intersection and you will see it clearly....only you probably didn't know what caused that near perfect pair of cracks in the asphalt while you sat at the light.

  13. The earliest mention I can easily find on the Harris County Clerk's site is someone name Evelyn Baker Harris, who shows up with a lien release in 1972. You may have to go to the courthouse, or ask your title company for an abstract.I'm assuming you are talking about 402 E 25th.

    Yes, I am referring to 402 E 25th. I'm hoping to get some info on it's past. Who wouldn't, if they knew that it WAS a business previously...

  14. Greetings,

    I'm buying a home in the Houston Heights, at the south-east corner of 25th & Arlington, that was built in 1957 as an automobile repair shop. It's been hollowed out and converted into a loft style 2 bedroom home. I'm looking to see if anyone with resources into some historical documents can tell me what was the name of the automobile repair shop that was in this building back then. HCAD only has the ownership back to 1988 and I obviously want way before this. Any chance of some photo collection having a photo of this building? Any survey maps anyone can find would be appreciated as well...


  15. If you visit other cities, you can come across some visually stunning Starbucks located in some memorable locations. My personal favorite is the Starbucks in San Antonio on the Riverwalk. It's a two story Starbucks that overlooks the Riverwalk and is a fantastic place to sit back and read or relax. Houston seems to have a few "good" Starbucks, but doesn't have a "GREAT" Starbucks. The Starbucks on West Gray seems to get the most attention, and I'll admit that it's good.

    What do you guys think!?


  16. If she's any good at being a grad student, she won't have time for that anyway. I certainly didn't have a realistic expectation of the massive workload and sacrifices required prior to becoming a grad student or otherwise I'd never have done it. I have a feeling the OP and his girlfriend don't understand the necessary commitment either. Ten hours a week of lost study time due to driving is huge. If he's worried their relationship won't last without him seeing her three or four days a week, then they have far larger problems then that anyhow though.

    I really don't know what more to say. The solution seems simple to me. It's only for two years, and it's not as if they're going to go months without seeing each other. Rent an apartment, get roommates, whatever. Her head should be buried in a book anyhow, not scouring the streets looking for a hook-up.

    I appreciate the concern about the status and longevity of the relationship, but that is not in doubt. Every other week, I'd probably stay out at the Galveston apartment or spare room (from a friend) with her if that became an option to consider. The root of the question remains my biggest question to the HAIF community, which is - the fastest route from west Houston to Galveston that doesn't take tollroad, during 7am and 5pm commuting time. The latest proposal to perhaps avoid I-45 and go to south on 288 and then east on Highway 6 is very interesting... Has anyone done this to see if it cuts off any time?

  17. Why not? It doesn't make sense to make that drive daily, especially if she's a student. When is she supposed to study? Future doctors have a lot they need to cram into their brains, you know. And then, the cost, jeezus the cost. The Federal government estimates the cost of operating a motor vehicle is somewhere between $0.50 and $0.65 per mile. Let's go on the low side here and couple that with your low-ball mileage estimate of 67 miles each way. At only fifty cents per mile, your girlfriend is spending approximately $33 each way to operate her vehicle. That amounts to over $60 a day! Even if she goes down only every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, she'll spend close to $800 per month just in operating the vehicle. And that's assuming it's reliable. If it's an old vehicle and prone to breakdowns, then you're in for a world of trouble with greater expenses and more headaches.

    Seriously, get a cheap apartment down there. (Trust me, they're available by the boat load.) Everyone will be much happier with that sort of arrangement. It won't be easy to be separated during the week, but you'll still have your weekends for kissy and huggy time. And, she'll be much happier with you in the long run, especially when she doesn't wake up a year from now and realize the added strain you've put her under, making her drive three and a half hours a day just so you can sleep closer to each other.

    Trust me, I can't move. I have a child that is shared with a custody agreement.. I can't move. Getting an apartment or renting a room from a couple of grad student friends is certainly an option for day or two (or more) a week to save drive time, aggrivation, effort, etc. It wouldn't change the fact that she would make the commute back to my house in west Houston as often as possible - and doing so would need to fit in a grad students budget, which isn't going to allow for $14 toll charges on top of everything else. We're looking for the cheapest way to drive back and forth, weighing time versus milage versus effort.

  18. A second place may be an option but we don't know the circumstances - like if it was a significant other that had to commute, living away part time may not be worth forgoing the drive.

    Thank you guys for all the wonderful responces. I'm surprised at the number of replies to this dumb question.. The family member is a graduate student girlfriend and UTMB would be the school. Can't move. She went down Highway 6 to Alt-90 NE to 610S, then 610S eastward to I-45 and then out to Galveston. This totalled 80 miles and took a 1 hr 25 minutes. She came back via Highway 6 the whole way and took 67 miles and took 1 hr and 40 minutes. 13 less miles, but 15 minutes longer. The biggest problems were the long stretches of 40mph speed-trap zones that kept her from making better time. Sugar Land didn't help, but traffic kept moving ok here.

    North 7 miles to I-10, and then eastward to I-45 and down was the first choice of mine too, even though you go the wrong way for 7 miles, your moving much quicker on this route than any other. I don't know how many miles. The quickest route would estimate to be the Westpark Tollway to Sam Houston Tollway South around, but this route would cost some $12-14 a day some $260 a month and looks to be about 1 hr 15 minutes, not a big savings over the Alt-90/610-S route - which is suprisingly a decent free alternative. It's free and saves $12-14 a day. Keep the ideas coming...

    Does anyone know HOW MUCH this would be exactly in toll costs?

  19. This may sound like a strange question, but I'd like to know what may be the quickest commute to Galveston Island from west Houston, specifically from the Westheimer/Highway 6 area (to be exact). I have a family member that may need to commute to UTMB for 2 years from west Houston to UTMB and moving is not an option. I know the Westpark Tollway would be involved to be the quickest, but let's take it out of the equation, as using the Westpark Tollway and Sam Houston Tollway may addup to some $12 or more a day in tolls.. What's the best FREE way to get from west Houston to Galveston Island - in regular 7am commuter traffic?

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