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I remember Valian's being a little bit farther south of the intersection. If you came out of the circular drive in front of the Shamrock and crossed Main you went into the parking lot of Valian's, iirc. SpaceAge posted some 1969 listings in the 50s Era Med Center Hotel thread which put Valian's at 6935.

By 1970, Fannin Bank was on the SE corner of the intersection; it housed a lot of Shell employees and there was a Shell station in back by the parking garage. That may be a Shell station lit up on the corner.

Catty-corner to the Shamrock by the early 60s was the original Capt. Benny's, housed in a real shrimp boat, not a faux one. Benny Hienemann had been an oyster shucker at Bill Williams, just up the street. He bought a shrimp boat, hauled it to that corner (looks like a car lot in the picture), cut a hole in the side, put in a cooler and a bar and started serving oysters on the half shell, cold boiled shrimp and ice cold beer. The place was packed. My older brother tried to get me to go there one time when I visited ca. 62-3, but I wasn't having anything to do with oysters on the half shell :P . Fortunately I later overcame that attitude.

BTW I was at the BookStop on Shepherd last week and happened to remember there used to be a Valian's take-out across the street, where the Pappas Seafood is now.

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jb4647 --

Saw some of the Astrodome, Sakowitz, and Joskes pics you also posted in other threads as well. All are fantastic. Please keep them coming!

How did your father get the arial shot of the Shamrock?

Here are a couple of photos that my Dad shot in the early 60's:

I'm not sure. I figured he shot it from a plane...probabably Continental. Speaking of which, here's a photo of my grandparents departing a Continental flight back in '62:

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I remember Valian's being a little bit farther south of the intersection.  If you came out of the circular drive in front of the Shamrock and crossed Main you went into the parking lot of Valian's, iirc.  SpaceAge posted some 1969 listings in the 50s Era Med Center Hotel thread which put Valian's at 6935.

That is Valian's just north of the big parking lot across Main from the Shamrock. I went there often when I was at Rice in the mid-50's. Had my first pizza there. Not sure if it was still Valian's when that photo was taken, but that is where it was.

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That is Valian's just north of the big parking lot across Main from the Shamrock.  I went there often when I was at Rice in the mid-50's.  Had my first pizza there.  Not sure if it was still Valian's when that photo was taken, but that is where it was.

I don't know where it was in the 50s; my first visit was probably '61/2. The phone book listings for 1969 have the Shamrock at 6900, Valian's at 6935.

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I have done some research about the theatres in Houston and the one on Rusk between Travis and Main was the Ritz Theatre. The original Majestic was off Texas, but I have seen reports of there being two "Majestics." There was only one Majestic built by John Eberson and it was the first "atmopheric" theatre that he built, but unfortnately it was demolished in the early seventies. He has two others that are still standing in San Antonio and Dallas. They seem to perserve their history better than us. If you know where the other majestic was, do tell.

Subdude,Sunday, June 26th, 2005 @ 3:42pm]

Is that in the original Majestic or the one on Rusk?

The original Majestic was on Texas. It is now incorporated within the Chronicle building. The second Majestic was the one on Rusk. It was torn down in the 1970s

Does anyone have any photos and/or information on what was at the corner of Allen Parkway and Waugh Drive? I think I remember it being called the Buffalo House?

B)

It was the Town House hotel and Restaurant. I have some photos. I think there was a buffalo on the restaurant.

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Peppermint Park, that was the indoor amusement park @ 59 and the Beltway right (before the beltway was there).

Man I went there a few times as a kid. Then it turned into an auto shop. It is still there, but not what it used to be.

Yep, Peppermint Park's building is still there, and still painted in the red and white stripes. 59S. at Beltway8. I drove by the old PP building the other day, and it has been painted a tan color. OH WELL !

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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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If you check out Google Earth or Maps you can still see the oval at the southeast corner of S. Main and Hillcroft.

The starting pad at the old Houston International drag strip is also visible, east of 45 and north of Dickinson.

rh

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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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Well, I'm 47. I remember going to Peppermint Park by Gulfgate Shopping City (now Mall) when I lived in Houston from 1962-64. Are you saying that it went out of business fairly recently?

Yep! I'm 52 and have very fond memories of Peppermint Park, right next to Gulfgate Mall! The good 'ole days! What fun!!!

There was a monorail at Hobby? When was that? What did it connect? I couldn't find any information about it.

Here is the picture and caption from that monorail site:

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Now my question is what was "Arrowhead Park"? Was this an amusement park? I couldn't find it on a map of Houston from the mid-1950s.

I remember this monorail, and riding it, but I cannot remember where it was. I did live very close to Hobby Airport, but it seems to me that it was at an amusement park somewhere in Houston. I am not aware of Arrowhead Park though. Could it have been at the old Six Flags? Now I'm really curious!!

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Now my question is what was "Arrowhead Park"? Was this an amusement park? I couldn't find it on a map of Houston from the mid-1950s.

All I can find about Arrowhead's location is a post on another forum, (click here), that refers to it as Arrowhead Speedway. Evidently it was a racetrack for both horses and cars. It would ostensibly be located, by the description given, somewhere between Reliant Park and Brays Bayou.

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All I can find about Arrowhead's location is a post on another forum, (click here), that refers to it as Arrowhead Speedway. Evidently it was a racetrack for both horses and cars. It would ostensibly be located, by the description given, somewhere between Reliant Park and Brays Bayou.

It was answered in a different topic. 57Tbird posted this photo that shows Arrowhead off of OST.

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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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Re: Monorail at Hobby

This was built as sort of a 'demo', to, hopefully, sell to Houston for mass transit. Pretty forward thinking for the time, really. It was set up just around Hobby, with plans to someday go downtown. My dad said he could not remember the developer that built it, but he rode on it once, as it was in his district. The guy was hoping for something like the L in Chicago. And we all know what happens when they try to do stuff like that in Houston!

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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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