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  1. When Loop 610 was being built in the 1960s, the main lanes stopped at Ella, restarted after TC Jester, stopped after the IH 10 interchange, went back together briefly over Buffalo Bayou, main lanes stopped after the bayou, main lanes started before westheimer, ended after the 59 interchange, etc. Why weren't the sections coordinated as one long section? I've been told each piece had its own contract. And we all remember how the IH 45 elevated was finished downtown in 64 or 65 but not opened until 67 because the end pieces weren't finished. I'd like to hear from those who can tell me why freeways were built in certain sections. Not counting the se loop near gulfgate and 225, I believe the first section of 610 opened was the us 59 sw freeway interchange and a short piece to westheimer. basically a road to nowhere and didn't connect to anything for quite a few years (1966-68 I believe). Of course there was no Galleria yet. But why build a freeway that has only one interchange and one exit? I remember my family waited for years for 610 between ella and 290 to open. All I can figure is that the main lane bridges over white oak bayou must have been difficult or expensive to build. Not sure why I can remember all these road geek things, but maybe someone else does too.
  2. I am looking for photos of bridges that no longer exist in the Houston area. A couple I'm looking for are not exactly in Houston, but were on the Brazos River near Hempstead and Chappell Hill. The original 2-lane 290 bridge and the hwy 159 bridge. Also other bridges on streets such as 34th and 43rd that were torn out and replaced.
  3. Site is online - http://waltrip.890m.com/roads/roads.html
  4. Collier Airport Andrau Airport - especially a photo of the water tower Aerial photos of Cy-Fair area prior to about 1990 (290/Telge area) Aerial photos of Bear Creek Park area before about 1985 or so thanks
  5. The link is http://waltrip.890m.com/roads/roads.html - I'm still working on some of the pages, but I have several posted. More photos coming soon. If anyone has information on other abandoned roads in Houston, please let me know.
  6. I'll be making the web pages as soon as I get a chance. I have about 100 photos of abandoned roads and streets, taken in Houston and Harris County. Stand by for awhile so I can get things set up and I will post the link when ready. Some of the abandoned streets I took pictures of included North Houston-Rosslyn, FM 529, Mangum and Rosslyn. Hope to have things online soon.
  7. There was a miniature golf course on Yale, north of Loop 610, during the 1960s, going north, on the right side, just before the railroad tracks. The putting surfaces had black felt instead of green. I either went there on a birthday or with Cub Scouts. It was already kind of worn out at that point. Sad that most putt putt courses are gone.
  8. I grew up in Houston and remember some interesting things from my youth. One of the funniest to me was at the interchange of Interstate 10 at US 59 north of downtown, as that interchange was being built in the early and mid 60s. The way I remember it was that US 59 was completed, but not nearly as wide as today - it was only like two maybe three lanes wide. Interstate 10 ran to the west but only for about 1/4 mile - like the interchange led you into the freeway, but then almost right away to the service road as the main lanes were either proposed or under construction. Here's what I thought was funny - all the "pieces" of Interstate 10 to the east ended with a dead end barricade. There was like four or five barricades in a row on little short pieces of roads. As a young kid I wondered why the pavement kept going on the main lanes and all the future exits but then ended with barricades. I think some of the barricades ended like a few yards from Jensen. Why didn't the service road or exit just go ahead and go to Jensen? -- The other funny thing was a really strange exit at IH 610 and 10 near Memorial Park. The exit went to the left and to Old Katy Road. Then you took Old Katy as US 90 to Washington Avenue. Anyone have any other memories of funny road or weird road situations? thanks
  9. I just spent several days photographing some of the abandoned sections of streets and roads in the Houston and Harris County area. If anyone is interested in this sort of thing, I can make a web site and try to tell the history of the abandoned parts or maybe someone can provide the information. Thanks. Marty Blaise
  10. For years, Houston road maps showed a whole subdivision of streets in the area along Bingle between Tidwell and Pinemont. Most of these streets were never built. Some only extend a few yards off of Tidwell. Yet the road maps carried the whole subdivision of streets for years. Anyone know why this is? -- Also on some old maps and possibly the Key Map, streets are shown with -------- going across. At first, I thought this meant proposed, but these aren't proposed streets. Does the ---- indicate it was a street at one time? Is it a pathway? An overgrown street? A section never built? Anyone have any answers - I'm really curious on that one. Thanks.
  11. Calhoun in downtown is now St. Joseph Parkway Addicks Fairbanks is Eldridge Parkway even though the key map shows BOTH names! I think Grant, Jones and Mills Road all swapped names at one point. Jetero might have been known as Jet Arrow right at first. Rick Road became the South Loop Service Road South Post Oak became the West Loop, kind of Bissonnett was originally called Richmond Road Just about all the streets in Bear Creek Park have been renamed some time or another A 1952 Houston map shows Part of Little York is called Fairbanks-West Montgomery Either Pinemont or Creekmont is called Pearson Here is the link for a lot more fun in 1952 - http://www.texasfreeway.com/Houston/histor...ble_highres.jpg.
  12. I just thought of another road that was covered up to make way for an extension - Eldridge Parkway north of 1960 makes a bend just south of Cypress North Houston Road. This curved section was formerly a street called Susquannah (not sure of spelling). Another obscure one was when the Antoine extension was built from 290 to Hempstead Road, it went over the top of a tiny street called either March or May Street. April Street still exists a couple blocks down. Does anyone know why Ora Street was closed? It's a short street near Dacoma and Hempstead. I've seen other funny things with sections of streets barricaded. Wow that was great about all those streets. Here's another good bit of trivia - the Gulf Freeway was never a "full freeway" until the 70s. Highways with crossovers are not freeways. I have some web sites of abandoned highways, bridges and "lost" highways if anyone might be interested. I have also been thinking about taking pictures of abandoned streets in the Houston area if there was any interest - I know of at least a dozen places where the concrete remains from old roadways - North Houston Rosslyn, Perry Road, FM 529 just to name some.
  13. Many old Houston city maps have Breen Road listed as Mulberry Street. Was the named changed, possibly around 1965 or 66? Why was the name of the road changed? I know many other roads in Houston had names changed - South Park to MLK, ?? to Sgt. Macario, even T. C. Jester was originally called White Oak Drive. Sometimes pieces of roads were absorbed into longer roads when the extensions were built. Antoine took over a short street called Oxbow, T.C. Jester took over a street called Telford. T. C. Jester took over Leroy Street. etc. any other examples? probably many!
  14. Shoppers Fair on North Shepherd - a flea market is now there Globe was on North Shepherd There also some kind of store called Our Way at Little York and Shepherd.
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