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  1. True about the post offices. However, there is one of those WPA murals in the defee post office. Some details here: http://www.houstondeco.org/1930s/goosecreek.html Go Green Goslins! Anson Jones was already closed by my time but the building was still there. I got to go in it several times to get stuff out of storage or something. I remember the old Auditorium being pretty cool.
  2. The Baytown Junior property was sold(?) to Exxon after a fire (arson) destroyed the school in 1979 or 80. I do not know how Exxon repurposed the original Baytown Junior gym but the "new" Baytown Junior gym next door was used as a gym/exercise facility. It may still be used for that. The gym was relatively new at the time of the fire (built in about 1976). That post office was the Baytown post office before consolidation and is still a post office today. There was a Goose Creek post office on Defee. That building is from the 1930s. (That one moved to Baker Road in about 1980
  3. Hi Mary, Oregon is now Colgate California is now Erie Park Place has always been Park Place as far as I know. others: 1st was changed to Newburn and is now Dixie 2nd is now Moline 3rd is now Kingsley Oklahoma is now Gulf Alabama is now Hastings Georgia is now Jennings Webster is now the Southbound Gulf Freeway Stone is now the Northbound Gulf Freeway (Stone and Webster built the Interurban - It was also Winkler before the Freeway was built) I think that's all the streets in Park Place proper. Hope this
  4. The I-45/Bay Area Blvd land was originally a dead zone (and park and ride on the se corner) from when the feeder connected to the old cloverleaf arrangement from before the freeway was rebuilt OVER Bay Area Blvd. Now TxDot has repurposed it as detention. This is the case at all the reconfigured intersections along I-45 in the area. I might think some of those other intersections you mention may also be for detention purposes.
  5. Not that this is the least bit interesting but.... When I visited my uncle in Rice Military, as a kid, I would usually walk to the Lucky 7 Birdsall Supermarket at 231 Birdsall (now multiple townhomes since about 2003) to pass the time, get candy, etc BTW. His house was also replaced with 2 townhomes in 1998-ish.
  6. I don't know why i didn't notice the angled street intersection before. That makes it almost obvious to me that it is the corner of Telephone and Dumble. https://goo.gl/maps/sYPg1NR1GogPrueQ7 There is still a liquor store at the same spot today.
  7. I don't know if this helps anything but here are the businesses that were on that corner in 1976. Note that the Hillcroft numbering seems slightly different now. Southside Westheimer @Hillcroft eastbound 6535 Westhill Gulf Car Care Center 6525 Taco Bell No. 238 6511 Poor Devils Club 6507 Apartments 6505 Apartments 6503 Apartments 6501 Apartments Eastside Hillcroft @ Westheimer southbound 2711 Pino's 2715 Midas Muffler 2719 Westside Animal Hospital 2721 Jeneal Studios 2727 Jack in the Box
  8. Of course, B&N wasn't there when Lewis Black came up with his bit.
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    Huey's! That was it. And the Vault was of course was the Bank Draft and they had a vault. duh! Forgot about the Bay Brewery. They had a great back deck that overlooked the Bay. There was also another brewery in Galveston maybe the Galveston Brewery? It was south of the Stand on a sw corner.
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    It was just called The Village Brewery and it was on Dunstan in the old post office. Across the street was The Vault which was more of a brewpub. On Richmond there was Rock Bottom (chain) and the Houston Brewery. Also, Bradley's in Clear Lake There was also one on the North Freeway somewhere near Richey on the west side of the freeway. Name slips me right now. There was also a small brewpub on Highway 6. The name also slips me. May have been a few others but those are the ones I remember.
  11. There was a Tony Roma's in Webster. I thought it was pretty good at the time. I think it was only open a few years. It closed sometime in the mid/early nineties. My memory says the building was originally a Gallagher's Steakhouse in the 80s. HCAD seems to confirm this and has a 1980 build date. https://www.google.com/maps/@29.5275818,-95.1290046,3a,75y,43.15h,87.4t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s2vvK1fkomZDtI9uz-lsVww!2e0!7i13312!8i6656
  12. I remember one of the original Houston El Pollo Loco locations was off the south side of the East Freeway between Lathrop and Kress. About 6670 East Freeway. https://www.google.com/maps/place/6670+East+Fwy,+Houston,+TX+77020 (embedded links option not working for me..for some reason) I would see it when commuting back then, but never stopped in. Ostioneria 7 Mares moved in not long after El Pollo Loco left and it is still there. (They have a side street address now at 826 Zoe) It was the first time I ever saw the word Ostioneria so it drew my attention! Lookin
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