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Anybody remember Bush Gardens? By the Budwieser plant...?

Yes, I remember going to Busch Gardens back in 1970 when I was 12 years old. We fed pieces of an apple to a baby elephant. My dad drank a free Busch Bavarian Beer in the Guest Center. I also remember ponds with huge goldfish swimming in them.

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Subdude, you wouldn't by chance have pictures of the old Windsor theater would you? Always wanted to know what that place looked like. I worked there when it was a tejano nightclub. (still turns my stomach whenever I think about it). Used to always wonder about it when I was there.

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Town House hotel. Good memory on the buffalo!

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Awesome stuff, Subdude. My parents said they took me there once but I was too young to remember. IIRC, Allen Parkway was called Buffalo Speedway or Buffalo Parkway back then, and of course Buffalo Bayou is 50 yards away.

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Subdude, you wouldn't by chance have pictures of the old Windsor theater would you? Always wanted to know what that place looked like. I worked there when it was a tejano nightclub. (still turns my stomach whenever I think about it). Used to always wonder about it when I was there.

All I could find was it in the distance of this picture from one of the old Bob Bailey calendars:

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Awesome stuff, Subdude. My parents said they took me there once but I was too young to remember. IIRC, Allen Parkway was called Buffalo Speedway or Buffalo Parkway back then, and of course Buffalo Bayou is 50 yards away.

Name of the street was Buffalo Drive. When I was a kid, I played baseball, in a teen league, against a team they sponsored... The Townhouse Buffaloes.

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I had all my birthday parties at Peppermint Park until I was 11. I have some 8 mm film of the place which I had put on VCR format about 20 years ago. It shows the little roller coaster, The helicopter ride, the boats, the carrousel and the ticket booth. And yes, it was located at 610 and 45 before 610 was there. I guess that car dealership sits where it used to be. Right by the Carrousel Hotel.

I recall it being farther west on 610 around Ella or TC Jester.

DUHHHHH, I just realized you were speaking of 610 and 45 South.

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Subdude, you wouldn't by chance have pictures of the old Windsor theater would you? Always wanted to know what that place looked like. I worked there when it was a tejano nightclub. (still turns my stomach whenever I think about it). Used to always wonder about it when I was there.

When was city streets a tejano nightclub ? I mean, sure, they play country music, but didn't know city streets had turned into that ? I think I could honestly draw a picture of the old Windsor, and scan it on here. I may do that. If we can't find any old pics.

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When was city streets a tejano nightclub ? I mean, sure, they play country music, but didn't know city streets had turned into that ? I think I could honestly draw a picture of the old Windsor, and scan it on here. I may do that. If we can't find any old pics.

This was before City Streets.

(In case you don't know the history)

It originally opened as Avalon in mid 90. They started doing a sunday night thing called DV8 and that took off so they changed the name of the club to DV8. When the success of that deflated they flipped it to Tejano in late 92 calling it Zazz (it went through a period there in late 93 until 1/94 when they flipped it to an upscale R&B/Hiphop club targeting a black crowd) then back to tejano. Zazz lasted about two years and it got shut down (was never clear on why). The owners of Blue Planet (who once owned club 6400) bought it and turned it into the multi-room venue called City Streets. It's been awhile since I've been in the area. Whats going on over there now?

All I could find was it in the distance of this picture from one of the old Bob Bailey calendars:

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Yeah, I've seen that one before.

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I found it. It was located on the east side of Shepherd, about midway between Westheimer and W. Alabama. I remember it from the 40's - 50's. It was built in the late 30's. I don't know when it was torn down.

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I found an aerial photograph that shows the Bible Cyclorama on the lower left. It was the corner of Shepherd and Harold, in what is now the parking lot of Shepherd Square strip center.

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does anyone know what the restaurant was that is to the right (in the aerial shot). just south of the holcombe intersection - across the street

That may be Valian's Pizza - pretty exotic fare for the 1960's. The large building across Holcombe is the Towers Motel with adjoining club and parking garage. It became a retirement home, then a medical supply facility, then was finally torn down last year after years of neglect

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In doing a search for Playland Park and the races they used to have featuring AJ Foyt and Billy Wade led me to a blurb about there being a racetrack at Arrowhead Park. I am pretty sure I know where it was because I remember seeing the monorail off South Main past where it makes the bend at the conjunction with Holmes. However, all my searches for Arrowhead came back with the stadium in KC.

Now, there used to be stock car races in the late 60

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Meyer opened in the mid to late 50's and was a 1/2 mile paved banked oval. Ronnie Chumley was a regular winner in the modifieds in the 60s, he ran some when the late models replaced the modifieds in the 70's.

Terry Labonte won the late model championship in ~1975, without winning a race.

I finished third in the "Bronco's" in 79 or 80.

NASCAR ran one race there, the 1971 "Space City 300", won by Bobby Allison.

They had a big annual race on the 4th of July weekend called the Liberty Bell 300.

Names that come to mind are, Joe Plowman, Freddy Fryar, Larry Schild, Phil Cronin, Bill Blumrich, Bill White, the Bettenhausen's, Jerry Schild, Greg Davidson, Neil Bonnet and Bobby Allison, Charlie Ritter, Walter Ballard, H.B. Bailey, Munson Stoddard sp?, George Nash.

PS:

Here are photos from those days.

http://s4.photobucket.com/albums/y103/Nift...eedway/?start=0

My Uncle and Dad raced at playland and my mom was reportedly the first woman to flip a stock car, in 1949 at Playland in the powder puff.

I'll upload a few pics when I get a chance.

rh

I remember running an autocross at Meyer's Speedwy in the late '60's...it was a lot of fun to run a sports car on the track.

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I'll upload a few pics when I get a chance.

rh

Look forward to seeing them. I was a regular attendee at Arrowhead, Playland, and Meyer. I remember most of the names you mention. There have been several previous threads posted about the races at Playland and Meyer with more names. Check 'em out. I had a good friend who raced a '57 Chevy in a Novice class at Meyer, in the mid-60's.

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I remember walking to the Fun Club at the Alabama Theater (bookstop) on Saturday morning on the West side of Shepherd (early 1950's). The Bible Cyclorama was on the East side of Shepherd (Jimmie Green?). St. Anne's was and still is on the Northwest corner.

Well... I walked and sometimes rode my bike to the Alabama Fun club on Saturday mornings. Only, I did that scene a few years before you, in the late 40's. Jimmie Green Chevrolet was not there yet. I don't remember when it was built (early-mid 50's maybe), but it was next to the Bible Cyclorama. Then there was a Gulf station just north of him on the southeast corner of Shepherd and Westheimer. Was Chris' Coney Island still on the southwest corner of Shepherd and W. Alabama? We would go there after the movie for Coneys and liquid refreshments. From what area did you walk to the movie? I'm familiar with the territory, since I knew a lot of kids who lived close to the Alabama.

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I also went there as a kid. My husband thinks it's just a figmant of my imagination. I am so glad that others remember it. I would love to see photos of it.

Peppermint Park! Oh My! We used to go to birthday parties there, and I remember one time when me and my sister must have been 5 & 7 rode the tiny rollercoaster outside, and it felt like the Texas Tornado at the time! We were so scared! It was originally located near the Gulfgate Mall, back in the 60s! What memories. I would love to have a photo of that place!

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Not to split hairs, but...

The Texas Ave. Majestic on the "Chronicle Block" was actually the second Majestic Theatre in Houston. It opened on February 21, 1910.

The first Majestic Theatre was in converted retail space at 1306 Congress Ave. It began operation about 1905.

The third and final Majestic opened in January, 1923. Designed by John Eberson, it is widely believed to have been the first of his "atmospheric" theatre designs.

Bill Bremer

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Not to split hairs, but...

The Texas Ave. Majestic on the "Chronicle Block" was actually the second Majestic Theatre in Houston. It opened on February 21, 1910.

The first Majestic Theatre was in converted retail space at 1306 Congress Ave. It began operation about 1905.

The third and final Majestic opened in January, 1923. Designed by John Eberson, it is widely believed to have been the first of his "atmospheric" theatre designs.

Bill Bremer

The "Chronicle Block" is that in refrence to when Jesse Jones owned the Houston Chronicle and built around and over the theater.

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The "Chronicle Block" is that in refrence to when Jesse Jones owned the Houston Chronicle and built around and over the theater.

Yes, that and the fact that the Houston Chronicle building sits on that particular block of land.

Immediately after the Majestic Theatre on Rusk opened, in 1923, the Majestic on Texas Ave. became a "stock" theatre and was re-christened "The Palace". A stock theatre was one in which a regular group of actors performed plays on stage. The stock company at the Palace in 1923 was called "The Majestic Players"

I've attached an ad for their first performance:

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Here's another ad for the opening of the Majestic on Rusk in January, 1923:

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Notice it's mostly all live vaudeville acts.

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I don't remember the Carrousel, but I do have an old postcard of it. Great mid-century period architecture. The office/restaurant pavillion had one of those googie-type zig-zag roofs. The Carrousel was known for being the defendent in an important civil rights lawsuit in the 1960s. All that's left are the foundations.

Hi I use to live in the Carrousel Apartments just behind the hotel in the late 1950'5 early 1960's at Gulfgate. Would you be able to post the photo that you have of the Hotel i would love to see it. Also if you have any other photos of 1960's Gulfgate and Houston I would love to see them posted as I am a native and have many memories of these places but just no photos of them. I still live in Houston, alas the only thing of Gulfgate left is the Bridge, Peppermint Park has been gone for eons.

Thanks,

Clyde :D

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:) Yes, I haven't thought of that place in years.......

my elementary class used to go there..........when i was, i think, in about 3rd-4th grade........i remember, they played the Star Wars theme all the time......

What about Peppermint Park?

m.

Just for your information the restaurant you mention as the Boston Sea Party was originally called the Godfather restaurant and had waiters that stood around and made you nervous like in the movie, it was italian food of course. Also for fun, Caligulas which I think is now the Penthouse Club on Winrock at Westheimer was originally built as the Spagetti Store Restaurant in the 1970's. The place on the corner now called Baby Dolls was originally an Alfie's Fish N Chip restaurant in the 1960's-70's and next door to it was Shakey's Pizza Parlor , all before these became strip clubs. Oh the Boston Sea party is now the Molina's Restaurant.

Clyde

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Hi I use to live in the Carrousel Apartments just behind the hotel in the late 1950'5 early 1960's at Gulfgate. Would you be able to post the photo that you have of the Hotel i would love to see it. Also if you have any other photos of 1960's Gulfgate and Houston I would love to see them posted as I am a native and have many memories of these places but just no photos of them. I still live in Houston, alas the only thing of Gulfgate left is the Bridge, Peppermint Park has been gone for eons.

Thanks,

Clyde :D

There is a thread about the Carrousel here. Try the search function - there are a number of discussions about the old Gulfgate and pictures of Houston from the 1960s.

Welcome to HAIF!

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If you have photos of these places and/or memorabilia from them, please post.

Shamrock Hotel

Kiddie Wonderland

Peppermint Park

Sea Arama

The Pig

The old baseball stadium where fingers is now (forgot the name)

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Sea Arama sure brings back some (vague) childhood memories... I must have been around 3 or 4 years old, and I want to say my step-father was friends with the owner for some reason (Does anyone know who owned SA?). We were there practically every weekend, and it was awesome!

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Time to dig out the photo album and do some scanning. I will post some as soon as I can get thim digitized.

Yes, I hope that you have some of the Joske's and the Sakowitz in old Gulfgate. Seeing them would bring back memories. Would you happen to have some of closed-down drive-in movie theatres?

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Yes, I hope that you have some of the Joske's and the Sakowitz in old Gulfgate. Seeing them would bring back memories. Would you happen to have some of closed-down drive-in movie theatres?

Doubt I have anything other than Kiddie Wonderland. I spent a lot of my childhood there. I will check though. My parents were in the area and there may be other things.

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I don't know if anyone still reads this, but I will give it a shot. I am not old enough to remember playland park, or most of these places, but I do know about the kiddie park with the "tired old ponies" that was over by Braeswood.

Kiddie Wonderland was off S. Main and Kirby. I think the actual location was 7800 S. Main, if my memory is correct. In the 80's and early 90's there was a carousel, a train that went around the park, a boat ride, airplane ride, car ride (had all the bases covered), a petting zoo, and the ring on the side for the ponies, who were actually more ornery than tired. There was also one donkey named Jack who pulled a wagon. My favorite horse was Tippy, a brown and white shetland pony who always refused to trot. In about 1989, the carousel got smaller. This is because they sold the one they had to the Texas Renaissance Festival. TRF still uses this carousel, though the horses have been replaced. Kiddie Wonderland had this cute multicolored wooden fence around the front and a little shack where you bought tickets for the rides. Often, 2 adorable little girls could be seen "working" the ticket booth. That place held great memories for me.

If anyone is looking for pictures of the place, I have some. I would have to scan them in because they are in a photo album right now, but I can do so easily. Just send me a note and let me know.

Thanks for the offer. I would like any pics I can find on Joseph F. Meyer Speedway. Pics of the track, cars people etc.

Jim Koehn

jakdad@yahoo.com

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Thanks for the offer. I would like any pics I can find on Joseph F. Meyer Speedway. Pics of the track, cars people etc.

Jim Koehn

jakdad@yahoo.com

There are some pics in the Meyerland Speedway thread in the Historic Houston section, I tried to post the link but was unsuccessful, click on the search button on top of the page and type in Meyerland Speedway.

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I'd still love to see some pictures of hana barbera land.

I could have SWORN it was in Sugarland or out that way.

Also, does anyone have any pictures of the hold castle hotel/apartments that was on 59 just north of Sharpstown Mall?

Someone mentioned that the restaurant in the picture with the Shamrock Hotel was Christie's Seafood. I thought the Shamrock was at Holcombe. Christie's is on Westhiemer by Texadelphia and Mama's cafe and has been for decades. A client of mine used to own it.

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I'd still love to see some pictures of hana barbera land.

I could have SWORN it was in Sugarland or out that way.

it was north of houston where splashtown is:

Taft/KECO opened the Hanna Barbera Land park in Houston Texas in 1984. The park was a failure, due to its limited demographic and insufficient budget. The kiddie coaster that was located there (Scooby Doo) was relocated to Great America, where it stands as Runaway Reptar today. The park was closed after the 1986 season, and today is a water park known as Splashtown, which is owned by Six Flags.

http://www.kicentral.com/history/development.php

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I would like to buy some large photos and/or prints that I would like to frame that capture images from historic Houston. Specifically, I'm looking for downtown shots of Houston near the beginning of its history, the Astrodome during construction, old photos of Rice University, and possibly some photos of oil derricks from the turn of the century.

Does anyone know of a place that might have something like this? The thought would be to frame them and put them up on my walls at home.

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I would like to buy some large photos and/or prints that I would like to frame that capture images from historic Houston. Specifically, I'm looking for downtown shots of Houston near the beginning of its history, the Astrodome during construction, old photos of Rice University, and possibly some photos of oil derricks from the turn of the century.

Does anyone know of a place that might have something like this? The thought would be to frame them and put them up on my walls at home.

Try this place.. Sloane Gallery on Fondren. I've been there. He has a great collection of old photos.

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I would like to buy some large photos and/or prints that I would like to frame that capture images from historic Houston. Specifically, I'm looking for downtown shots of Houston near the beginning of its history, the Astrodome during construction, old photos of Rice University, and possibly some photos of oil derricks from the turn of the century.

Does anyone know of a place that might have something like this? The thought would be to frame them and put them up on my walls at home.

Try this place.. Sloane Gallery on Fondren. I've been there. He has a great collection of old photos.

i'll second Sloane Gallery - wonderful pictures from photographer Calvin Wheat that Story Sloane salvaged and is trying to preserve - here is a little background on Wheat: http://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/houpub/00064/hpub-00064.html

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Well... I walked and sometimes rode my bike to the Alabama Fun club on Saturday mornings. Only, I did that scene a few years before you, in the late 40's. Jimmie Green Chevrolet was not there yet. I don't remember when it was built (early-mid 50's maybe), but it was next to the Bible Cyclorama. Then there was a Gulf station just north of him on the southeast corner of Shepherd and Westheimer. Was Chris' Coney Island still on the southwest corner of Shepherd and W. Alabama? We would go there after the movie for Coneys and liquid refreshments. From what area did you walk to the movie? I'm familiar with the territory, since I knew a lot of kids who lived close to the Alabama.

I walked from Fairview street, one block North of Westheimer. Our family home was purchased by St. Anne's Church and torn down last year. The whole neighborhood including the church yard was our playground - home by the 6:00 church bells - pretty innocent times.

Chris Coney Island was an institution but my Dad preferred to take us downtown to James Coney Island - a unique concoction of a steamed bun, grilled weiner, and lots of chopped onions and chili - we all easily downed at least 2 as little kids.

I see the old Toddle House is closed again. I don't think the funny building will survive.

I also remember Carol's Kitchen and DiMaggio's spaghetti house on the east side of Shepherd where Jimmie Green was. There was no "fine dining" as I recall until you got to Lionel's Flame Room at the present location of 59 Diner at Greenbriar and SW Fwy (which did not exist until the 1960's).

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I saw a post a LONG while back by Ojy in this and another forum (where I'll be copying this post) She never did scan in all those family photos.. she's my sister, so I'll apologize for her (she's had a kiddo and is about to have another one, and they kill brain cells, ya know).

So, here's random photo I found of the car rides at Kiddie Wonderland

http://www.angelfire.com/tx5/seributra_d/kw1975.JPG (not embedding it because it's not stored on my own space yet)

Here's a black and white gallery I found while web-crawling which shows some of the ugliness that was our amusement park, there towards the end: FZC photography- Kiddie Wonderland

I saved this forum in my bookmarks so I can share if I come across more (or if, heaven forbid, I manage to get access to the family albums and scan in ours, hehe).

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"Does anyone remember the old restaruant at 6400 Richmond that used to be train cars. I think it waa cheesy steakhouse. What was that place called?"

Could that be where the Railhead Restaurant was located. That may have been my first time out to the Richmond Strip in 1978. A supervisor took a co-worker and me out for dinner in appreciation of our work.

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