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  1. Eagle Lake High School would now be part of the Rice Consolidated School District and they have no high school in Eagle Lake. I would probably guess that the building has been repurposed to another school type if it still exists. Their present high school is in Altair. Not a very dynamic area anymore as they are just waiting to be absorbed into the Houston Metro Blob that's eating it's way across the west. Rice production is way down since many of the established farming families aged to indifference after 40 years of the youth's exodus to the big city. Besides in Alvin, Katy, and Sugar Land
  2. Gee willakers Robert, the link from Houston Mod be expired! Dogs REALLY like Glenbrook back yards! My family raised 7 there over the years. Lots of trees - no waiting.
  3. As a guy who can recall Houston before suburban shopping malls, when you had to dress up in bow tie and suit to go downtown shopping, I'm fairly positive about current trends. Of course my mother and grandmother wore hat and gloves because Downtown was a vibrant wonder then. There were also street cars and numerous train tracks. We'd meet friends and leave from Union and Southern Stations in that area. Of course we had and drove the period land yachts too! And cruised downtown during Christams to see all the window decorations and lights, because that's where you went to see THE Santa. We the
  4. Then there is the little infamous Camp Logan riot's that would have really enticed the military and pwers that be to erase and rapidly redevelop as soon as possible. A cemetary would also have been set aside on the area's deed plat maps of that period. I would assume the Harris County archives might be of use there. Unfortunately, none of that is available for a midnight webb browse - you have to get it the old fashioned way by physically digging and snooping.
  5. Wow, the Houston/Galveston area shipyards were large contributors to the primary causality of the Allied victory in WW2 - U.S. industrial production. Brown Shipyard was at the end of Industrial road where my grandfather had built/run the Parker Brother's Shipyard on Green's Bayou until my father took over for him in the 1970s. Has always appealed to me to resurrect the San Jacinto Shipyard that was between the present Battleship Texas and Lynchburg Ferry. Make graving docks to store vessels like the Texas, this vessel, a subchaser, etc in drydocks to preserve them and tell the story of the rea
  6. Is now spruced up and has a DR34M sign out front.
  7. You may be right NenaE, I grew up in Garden Villas in the late 1950s to 1970. Saw a lot of area changes - BUT discovered girls somewhere in there and smooth clean lost my mind too! The yacht was broken up and hauled off sometime in the 1970s after mainly returning to nature.
  8. We've had several houses with terrazzo built in. The last one was design/built by my father for my grandparents in 1964 in Glenbrook Valley. Longevity depends upon the quality of the foundation and installer. They hold up to lots of little boys on steel roller skates, wagons, inumerable dog "accidents", droped plates/cups, thrown plates/cups/glasses, flower pots (fixed/overwatered and mobile), crashing fully loaded Christmas trees, kids in metal baseball/football cleats, golf shoes, and dragging pianos and sofas with minimal impact. Why do you think they use them in high traffic public spaces?
  9. A quick glance of the county records still shows that Olajuwon Farms LLC still owns 3303 E. Nasa Boulevard (does anyone else REALLY dislaike renaming NASA Road 1 this "parkway" crap?) They bought it in October of 2006. It had belonged to Rice University until 1995. The property value jumped $1million this year and the owner's paid roughly $49K in taxes in 2011. $50K a year is a lot just to let something return slowly to nature. Looks like it's getting a basic spruce up for something. Not much long term thought going into putting up a steel tube fence there as it will only last 10 years at the
  10. I now live a mile or so away from it and drive by every few days. I grew up here and recall a few of our friends big boats piled up on the bridge by it after Carla blew through. I've noted the sprucing up - appears to be at a snail's pace for any significant rehab of a residence like that. I'm more than curious.
  11. The golf course serves as a continuom of a cultural imperative. It's not for the masses, but for the masses to aspire to and the few to demonstrate by example. It's like the sport of fishing - not about catching any fish, but taking the time to exercise and think while casually occupied. Golf is far more about a positive social experience rather than manicly slamming the bejeesus out of a little plastic ball then anxiously praying it will miraculously seek a hole. I miss the stables and bridle path that used to allow one to relaxingly canter among the oaks around the park. I enjoyed feeding th
  12. If you notice on the photo where it is marked "I45" that is actually the road bed of the Houston - Galveston Electric railway. You could get to Galveston faster from downtown Houston in the 1930s than you can now. The Gulf Freeway was built over much of that railroad bed. Those streets were not there in 1944 south of Sims Bayou as that was mainly the Burton horse ranch. Telephone road was just that - a road built along the telegrah then telephone line then State Highway 35. Garden Villas was there as it had begun in the mid 1920s with Carter Lumber developing the airport. Belfort wasn't built
  13. I've recently begun a new renovation project in a residence designed by M. Arthur Kotch originally built about 1958. Throughout it has apparently original light switching that I had never seen before. So far I think they are relay type low voltage switching made by Sierra Electric. Here is a view of a single and a triple light switch. Has anyone else had any experiences with these? The homeowner presently plans to leave these in place and clean as many plates and switches of the many coats of paint that now cover some. There are matching receptacles and even a dimmer in the residence that all
  14. I'm excited. The neighborhood began where the Gulf Freeway's initial concrete span changed to asphault for the long run to Galveston in the early 1950's. Imagine being an upwardly mobile professional able to get on the nation's first post war super highway to their office downtown in minutes! And there was also THE regional internatiopnal airport next to the neighborhood - how convenient! When the NASA folks were doing their national site selection tour they came right up Broadway through Glenbrook. That dispelled the "hicks in the stix" stigma Houston had then. And JFK and Jackie drove right
  15. That completely explains my sag in energy as of late!
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