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  1. The only thing that's missing is a Train stop right smack in the middle of the Lobby. Looking at the photos of current progress I think all the initial planning was tossed out a few years ago. I wish I could be around 50 years from now to read about the 3rd or 4th revival.
  2. Anyone happen to have or know of any old photos of the old Bill Williams Drive Inn , the MD Anderson Cancer Center now sits on the old location. It appears the street was filled in and removed for the new center to be built. I am not sure what year this happened since I have been gone from Houston since 82. It was a typical drive in but had indoor eating also. In 1970 it was a street racing scene hang out. I did find some old menus and historical images a few years ago but no actual location photos. Thanks
  3. Simply because starting in the early 70s all store fronts that were plate glassed became favorite targets for the thieves and they were literally stealing merchants like Sears into bankruptcy. They became eyesores once the massive bricking took place, you would have to be born in my era to appreciate the vast difference in the mindset of America in just a few short years, I hope that explains it.
  4. Ellington will outlive me I think, both locations mentioned in this post have very old relevance to me, for one when I was still pretty young around 5 or 6 I had medical care there at the Field as many other dependents of servicemen did. At the time my Father was stationed on the USS Los Angeles Heavy Cruiser ported in Long Beach so that is one thing I will forever remember. The other memory is the old Sears store and after I returned to civilian life after the Army I went to work for Al Parker Buick and I purchased my very first tools at that Sears location because Al Parker service departm
  5. Remember the market from many decades ago, in the fifties the market was always on my families shopping list. We still had a mule drawn produce wagon in the Heights circa 1956 that would cover the entire area. An old Black man must have been in his 80s and I suppose the man did this until he finally died. Really was pretty quiet and peaceful back in the day. Of course most homes already had fruit trees in their backyards, it was just something that survived the old depression era where people had to grow their own things. Our old place had an apple tree, fig trees, and plums not to forget
  6. I really can't remember if there was a smaller building on that eastern grass plot, to enter the Training center you would park in front and enter thru front doors to walk down a long hall that had a the class rooms separated. To the right nearer the entrance was a very large cafeteria area that was every bit as large as a regular middle school. In 70 there was not a lot going on at the center as I recall, I'm sure they may have scheduled division classes as they had instructors available for each. I actually ran into another engineer 30 years later here in La who had personally known the
  7. I am pretty certain this is the property of what was once the GM training center for Houston. That long driveway coming off Richmond ave is a dead give a way simply because that was how it was laid out and each division class room had a roll up door so the drive way serviced the entire complex. The main building was actually on that grassy area that is all grown over. I remember just coming out the drive and turning right to hit the freeway to head North and this photo is looking due north. Everything I knew of my home town is gone now, even the Buick Dealership I was working at while go
  8. Would any members know what happened to the old GM Training Center on Richmond Ave, there was a Fred Astaire Dance Studio across the street in a large shopping center. I have no idea when it finally closed but it was open until the 80s although at that time it had been reduced to one class rather than all of the divisions having a separate class room. As I remember it was very near the intersection of the freeway.
  9. I wonder if there is still a lingering smell from the stink bomb that was thrown in the theater in 58, it made the perfect setting for watching a couple monster movies back then. There was once a seedy pool hall just a couple doors down towards the west, and back the opposite direction there was a large 5 and dime store same side of the street. I could find a heck of a lot of junk to buy for a quarter in those days '0)
  10. I don't know how old you are Firebird65, do you by chance remember the old dirt track that was named North Houston Speedway, it was a little 1/4 mile dirt track surrounded by pastures and had wooden bleachers .. Every Saturday evening we were there when I was around 6. There were stand vendors selling bottled beer and would walk up and down the bleachers hollering "Cold Beer", they would open the bottle and pour it into a wax cup of the day and stick the empty back into a second pail they were carrying. I had a good friend who passed away in 08 and he had worked for the new airport author
  11. Wasn't Crown once named Crow Flite in the 50s, their colors were Green and White with the Black Crow. I can't remember what street it was that the office was located but I do remember it had a chilled water cooling tower on the property and we would park under that tower waiting on my Grandfather, he drove a Gas Hauler for them back then. It was nice and cool there near the tower with cool drops of water falling from the tower. Many early businesses used chilled water rather than commercial air conditioning. Just a large water tower that circulated water in and out of a 4 inch line and usu
  12. My last dealership job was in 89 and there at Landmark, I had worked there 3 times since the early 70s until that time. I left the first workday after Thanksgiving 1989 and it was the last dealership I worked in, came back to where I live now and never will forget it, one of those fall cold rain fronts got hooked up with me and I drove in a driving rain all the way to Louisiana.
  13. Would you be thinking it might have been Plaza Lincoln Mercury. I worked there in 72 and Joe Woods was the service manager at that time.
  14. Diversity ha, I really enjoy reading the entries for anything concerning the Heights especially since I am probably one of the very few who actually lived in the old Heights before it magically became fashionable. Spending a fortune on something that was old in the 50s is just bad math no matter how bad you really wish it weren't. One day the winds will shift and you will find yourselves wondering what happened. I once sit in a classroom there at Eugene Fields and would fall asleep from the nice fresh smell of Magnolia, drag papers to the paper drive on Tuesdays and hide that nickel from th
  15. I worked at several in this list but I would like to see an Al Parker Buick photo early 70s . The old location is now a new structure and the street that once ran down the side of the building was closed and added as one property for this new business. The old customer and storage lot was across the street in 70 which is now part of this one property
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