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  1. Yes...serious cooling and three very large diesel generators capable of powering the building for a week without refueling. There are diesel tanks buried nearby. There were very large banks of UPS batteries in the basement. Here is an example of best laid plans finding their Achilles heel. The generators were installed to prevent any power outage and were especially designed to work through a hurricane. The water in the cooling towers were also used to cool the diesel generators. When hurricane Alicia struck in August of 1983 the wind caused the water in the cooling towers to blow out
  2. In the early 1970s Shell had regional data centers all over the US. They decided to centralize these data centers into one location and this building was that location. This was in the mainframe days of computing and it was considered a state-of-the-art data center for that time. The first two floors of the building were the actual data center with typical raised floors. There was a large tape library on the first floor along with all the mainframes. The tape library was eventually expanded to the warehouse type building next to the parking lot..The seconf floor was a mixture of some office
  3. The only area I have heard referred to as five points is where Main-Cavalcade-Studewood-20th streets come together, but I have seen an article from one of the Houston newspapers in the 1870s where the editor was railing against several crime ridden areas of town that he called "The Five Points".
  4. A good write-up on Shepherd's Dam http://users.hal-pc.org/~lfa/BB25.html
  5. Ken Garnett was seriously injured during a traffic stop around 1967 and had some brain damage. After recovering I believe he returned to HPD. I think he died about 10 years after that and may have commited suicide.
  6. Westheimer in that area was called Hathaway back then. My guess is that the house was at 120 Hathaway.
  7. Looking at old Sanborn Fire Insurance maps tells me that whenever that house was built, it was not original to that lot, but was moved onto that lot sometime after the 1920s. The old maps of that property show a one story house on that lot prior to that time. The city directories lead me to believe the original house on that lot may have been the parsonage for the First Unitarian Church. I also checked historicaerials.com. It appears that was an empty lot for many years up to at least 1981 prior to that house being moved onto the lot some time after that.
  8. I've never heard the name Johnny Casey associated with Jubilee Hall. As far as I know Jubilee Hall, The Family Hand, and Liberty Hall all had one common founder, Mike Condray. Mike aslo had various partners in these enterprises, Lynda Herrera, George Banks, and Ryan Trimble.
  9. Pappas Seafood is exactly where that Valian's on Shepherd was located. They used part of the old Valian's building for that restaurant. When the builders of the Pappas Seafood restaurant were removing the facade of the other establishments that had been there after Valian's, they uncovered the old Valian's sign. I wish I had taken a photo.
  10. That area was the County Poor Farm at one time, so maybe the road is left over from that era
  11. Bryan Burrough wrote about "Silver Dollar" Jim West and A.C. Martindale in "The Big Rich." A.C. Martindale was a police Lietenant and West rode with him often apparently. West and Martindale were cruising one night when they spotted a burglar breaking the window of a sporting goods store on Dowling and stealing a shotgun. They got out of the car and yelled "Halt" The thief opened fire with the shotgun and Martindale (and apparently West) shot back. The thief was hit, but so was Martindale in the shoulder and ankle. Ballistics showed the wounds did not come from the burglar. The book implied
  12. I was going to ask that question...you beat me to it..thanks!
  13. Here is the Houston Press account: Body Undetected For More Than Two Hours in S.P. Rail Station The Southern Pacific's Austin-to-Houston train roared through the night on an apparently routine trip. Aboard it was Gov. Beauford H. Jester--dead. Sometine around 3:30 a.m. today Gov. Jester died in his sleep of coronary occlusion--in layman's language, a blood clot in the heart. At that time the train was going through Washington County. Not until a Negro porter tried to wake up the governor at 7:30 a.m., two hours after the train pulled into Houston's Grand Central Terminal, was the governor's d
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