Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
DJboutit

Meyerland Willow Meadows Willowbend Westbury Maplewoold Westwood Linkwood

Recommended Posts

Memories for the area just out side the loop in zip coeds 77096 77035 & about 1/3 of 77025

I remember before the walmart south Poast Oak & 610 was built in the late 80s to early 90s there use to be a golf course there.

Where the Krogers South Post Oak & West Bellfort is now there use to Beldens which is now at Chimeny Rock & North Brasewood. Behind the Beldens use to be a drug store do not remember the name they sold hamburgers.

Where the Cabana Carwash is now there use to a putt putt miniature golf

Next to Beldens just south there to use to a AJ Foyt car dealer there

Right after AJ Foyt closed behind where the Meyerland car repair is there to use to be a place that sold 4 wheelers & dirt bikes it burnt down

Right next to the Meyerland car repair is now a Day care to use to be a restaurant do not remember then name they use to serve home style food the drinks were served in mason jars

South Post Oak & West Bellfort right next to the chase bank use to be a cafeteria do not remember the name

About 150ft down from the cafeteria there use to a small green auto repair shop it was torn down but the foundation stayed till about 5 to 7 yrs ago

There use to a BBQ restaurant on Omeara about 1 block from south main next to the ghetto carwash now it is a place where they park ambulances

West Bellfort at the rail road tracks between Cliffwood & Stella link there is a big warehouse it is now used a band rehearsal where you rent space I have no idea what was there originally

Murworth & Buffalo speedway where the town homes are now there use to be a strip shopping center with Loma Lind mexican restaurant

Stella Link & 610 where the discount tire is now there use to be a Jack N The Box

Stella Link where Work Force is now in the same shopping center there use to be a Crown book store one time in the mid 80s I was with my mom we were just out to leave my mom working out the fronu door & a mexican guy was be chased by the police mom was only about 5 to 7 ft from this guy

Willow Bend on the Wast side of the train tracks where the baseball field about 5 to 7 yrs ago their use to be a place that sold plants there still is a old brown metal building that still stand

Craig Head & Willowbend right next to the train tracks next to Carolyns bar there to use to be a Firestone

South Main & Willowbend there use to a golf course wierd thing about it it was so close to the street bet a few times people driving by got golf balls through there window

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Memories for the area just out side the loop in zip coeds 77096 77035 & about 1/3 of 77025

I remember before the walmart south Poast Oak & 610 was built in the late 80s to early 90s there use to be a golf course there.

I believe it was just a driving range and it didn't last very long.

Where the Krogers South Post Oak & West Bellfort is now there use to Beldens which is now at Chimeny Rock & North Brasewood. Behind the Beldens use to be a drug store do not remember the name they sold hamburgers.

I remember the drugstore but also can't remember the name. Don't remember eating there but did eat at Kings Hamburgers next door a lot.

Where the Cabana Carwash is now there use to a putt putt miniature golf

Gooney Golf.

Next to Beldens just south there to use to a AJ Foyt car dealer there

Yes. it was a big dealership.

Right after AJ Foyt closed behind where the Meyerland car repair is there to use to be a place that sold 4 wheelers & dirt bikes it burnt down

At one time it was a Yamaha service center. I had a Yamaha 650 that I would by parts for there.

Right next to the Meyerland car repair is now a Day care to use to be a restaurant do not remember then name they use to serve home style food the drinks were served in mason jars

Can't remember the place off hand.

South Post Oak & West Bellfort right next to the chase bank use to be a cafeteria do not remember the name

Wyatts

Stella Link & 610 where the discount tire is now there use to be a Jack N The Box

Before Jack N Box there was a Bonanza Steak House. Got my first job there busting tables when I was about 16.

South Main & Willowbend there use to a golf course wierd thing about it it was so close to the street bet a few times people driving by got golf balls through there window

Used to play there with my Dad growing up. Started out as a 9 hole course then I believe became a par 3 18 hole course. When it was built it was on the outside edge of Houston.

Edited by Fringe

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

DJboutit, on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at 3:28 AM, said:

Memories for the area just out side the loop in zip codes 77096 77035 & about 1/3 of 77025

I remember before the walmart south Poast Oak and 610 was built in the late 80s to early 90s there use to be a golf course there.

I believe it was just a driving range and it didn't last very long.

MeyerPark driving range.Also before they built the MeyerPark shopping center where Randall's and Blockbuster Video are, it was an open field where a couple of old guys sold dirt,sand and top soil out of an old wooden shack.

Where the Krogers South Post Oak and West Bellfort is now there use to Beldens which is now at Chimeny Rock & North Brasewood. Behind the Beldens use to be a drug store do not remember the name they sold hamburgers.

I remember the drugstore but also can't remember the name. Don't remember eating there but did eat at Kings Hamburgers next door a lot.

I want to say that it was called Cunningham's Pharmacy

Where the Cabana Carwash is now there use to a putt putt miniature golf

Gooney Golf.

Yup

Next to Beldens just south there to use to a AJ Foyt car dealer there

Yes. it was a big dealership.

Yup and before it was called AJ Foyt Chevrolet it was called McRoberts Chevrolet

Right after AJ Foyt closed behind where the Meyerland car repair is there to use to be a place that sold 4 wheelers & dirt bikes it burnt down

At one time it was a Yamaha service center. I had a Yamaha 650 that I would by parts for there.

Yup,it was called Westbury Yamaha, and before that it was the US Post Office.

Right next to the Meyerland car repair is now a Day care to use to be a restaurant do not remember then name they use to serve home style food the drinks were served in mason jars

Can't remember the place off hand.

Ditto

South Post Oak and West Bellfort right next to the chase bank use to be a cafeteria do not remember the name

Wyatts

Yup, and may have been a H&P grocery store before that.

Stella Link and 610 where the discount tire is now there use to be a Jack N The Box

Before Jack N Box there was a Bonanza Steak House. Got my first job there busting tables when I was about 16.

My 10 speed and I stayed away from freeways so ?????

South Main and Willowbend there use to a golf course wierd thing about it it was so close to the street bet a few times people driving by got golf balls through there window

Used to play there with my Dad growing up. Started out as a 9 hole course then I believe became a par 3 18 hole course. When it was built it was on the outside edge of Houston.

It was called South Main golf course.It was always a 9 hole course that I remember.It had a few short 4 pars in the beginning but was later converted to 9 par 3 holes.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I remember there to use to be a Mcdonalds on Stella Link just south of south Brasewood it was the only one for like 2 or 3 miles when it closed it turned it into a Specs the building was torn down like 3 or 4 yrs ago

Across the street the from the Mcdonalds next the Shipleys use to be a Pizza Hut at the time it might have been the only one where you could go in and sit down now it is Wild Kitchen they might have the best burgers & fish n chips in town

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Never lived in the area but for some reason I have memories. I remember AJ Foyt's and Belden's, also the Wyatt's. Used to go to monthly meetings of the Houston Genealogical Society there until we outgrew the place.

Right next to the Meyerland car repair is now a Day care to use to be a restaurant do not remember then name they use to serve home style food the drinks were served in mason jars Can't remember the place off hand. Ditto

Could it have been PoFolks - a chain out of Florida that was short-lived here but still in operation elsewhere? I never made it to one but I seem to remember driving over there one day to go and finding it closed.

Yes, Wild Kitchen has great burgers.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Could it have been PoFolks - a chain out of Florida that was short-lived here but still in operation elsewhere? I never made it to one but I seem to remember driving over there one day to go and finding it closed.

I think you may be right. I remember eating at PoFolks a lot, just can't remember for sure if it was at this location or not. Seems like they had one in Sharpstown also. They had really good chicken fried steak as I remember.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Stella Link and 610 where the discount tire is now there use to be a Jack N The Box

Before Jack N Box there was a Bonanza Steak House. Got my first job there busting tables when I was about 16.

The Bonanza building is still there I believe.... slightly north of 610 on Stella Link. I don't think it was in the exact same location as the JIB.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Enjoyed this thread as I grew up south of South Main (James Madison High School arrea )in the late 60's/early 70's I remember all the places that are mentioned here! My dad used to take us to the Burger King that was on the right side of S. Post Oak just north of Willowbend. Also going a little further down from what you guys have mentioned, lets not forget KMart at S. Post Oak and S. Main (now a Fiesta). Used to love going there for the toys and popcorn!

Thanks for the stroll down memory lane!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

DJboutit, on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at 3:28 AM, said:

Stella Link and 610 where the discount tire is now there use to be a Jack N The Box

Before Jack N Box there was a Bonanza Steak House. Got my first job there busting tables when I was about 16.

My 10 speed and I stayed away from freeways so ?????

Used to eat tacos at that Jack in the Box all the time

South Main and Willowbend there use to a golf course wierd thing about it it was so close to the street bet a few times people driving by got golf balls through there window

Used to play there with my Dad growing up. Started out as a 9 hole course then I believe became a par 3 18 hole course. When it was built it was on the outside edge of Houston.

It was called South Main golf course.It was always a 9 hole course that I remember.It had a few short 4 pars in the beginning but was later converted to 9 par 3 holes.

Played there a few times and pretty sure I hit at least one car.

I remember there to use to be a Mcdonalds on Stella Link just south of south Brasewood it was the only one for like 2 or 3 miles when it closed it turned it into a Specs the building was torn down like 3 or 4 yrs ago

I had my 7th birthday party at that McDonalds, I thought I was so cool!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The cafeteria mentioned was Wyatt's. Pretty good back in the day, about the same as Luby's. I used to eat lunch there occasionally during my breaks from bagging groceries across the street at Belden's.

That shopping center had an A&P market, which closed and later became Cactus Tapes & Records. Cactus was just too much competition for Evolution Tapes & Records, just a few hundred yards to the north. Evolution sold records, car stereos, and ...... paraphernalia. I still remember the smell of incense in there. I still have most of the albums I bought there with my tip money. Music was a big deal back then. What memories.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Bought my first albums at Evolution... Kiss... Black Sabbath.. Rush... lol

Cactus brings back many memories of waiting in line for a day or two for concert tickets.... when they were sold the old fasioned way.... you waited in line and bought them.... no rigged system.... no instant scalping or holding back....... for like $8-10 a show.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Bought my first albums at Evolution... Kiss... Black Sabbath.. Rush... lol

Cactus brings back many memories of waiting in line for a day or two for concert tickets.... when they were sold the old fasioned way.... you waited in line and bought them.... no rigged system.... no instant scalping or holding back....... for like $8-10 a show.

Cactus brings back many memories of waiting in line for a day or two for concert tickets.... when they were sold the old fasioned way.... you waited in line and bought them.... no rigged system.... no instant scalping or holding back....... for like $8-10 a show.

That was the good old days. I remember spending many nights to be in line early for tickets at Cactus or the venue halls. No "special" fees back them either. I just recently purchased a pair of tickets for the Hendrix Experience show and was charged for a ticket convenience fee ($14), facility fee ($5) and a delivery fee ($3.50). I paid less then that when I saw Hendrix himself.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Some time back, somebody here on HAIF posted a link to an eye-popping high altitude aerial photo of the entire Meyerland-Westbury area taken in 1960.

It showed the entire vast panorama of a part of southwest Houston just before it started getting overrun by residential and commercial developers.

Does anybody here have that link?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

FilioScotia... Is this the photo you mentioned? It's not the entire Westbury-Meyerland area, but it has some of it, and it's from 1960.

post-873-0-83032700-1326924591_thumb.jpg

Edited by 57Tbird

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yes that does appear to be the one. Thanks much. We can see a lot of the Meyerland/Westbury area, including the beginnings of Meyerland Plaza at the bottom, Westbury Square, and the outlines of the old Sam Houston Airport at the top.

Although, I think the top of the photo is a little bit more cropped at the top than the one I remember. i say that because in that photo we could see where Hiram Clarke crossed over Sims Bayou. That was of interest to me because four blocks east of Hiram Clarke and Sims Bayou on Simsbrooke Street I could make out the house where my first wife and i lived for a couple of years in the early 70s. That blew my mind.

I can't find that house in the photo you provided, but I like it anyway because it's a great look at how that part of Houston looked 50 years ago.

Edited by FilioScotia

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

"There use to a BBQ restaurant on Omeara about 1 block from south main next to the ghetto carwash now it is a place where they park ambulances"

way back in time - the 50s - there was a Paul's BBQ on the east side of Post Oak real close to South Main. don't know how long it lasted but was the closest place to get bbq pork sandwiches from my family's house on the western the edge of Bellaire (we moved there in 48).

Paul's served bbq beef too, but Houstonians were more southern than western then...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Great thread, DJ.

Late to this party, but FWIW AJ Foyt Chevrolet actually had three different names through the years:

It was first MacRoberts Chevrolet, then AJ Foyt bought it, and lastly is was called Tex Star Chevrolet. Tex Star didn't last very long though, the economy went bust.

Edited by Lloyd-TX

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That building that may or may not have been a PoFolks was definitely also a Bonanza at one time (S Post Oak between Willowbend and W Belfort). As a kid I remember crawling around inside the closed structure and it being pitch dark and dangerous - pretty sure it was before the Yamaha dealer went up in flames. Not sure if Bonanza came first or PoFolks, but I don't remember PoFolks being there very long.

Across from the now CC's Pizza, which was a DQ and prior to that a Burger King.

I just checked the map - Hunter's Pub is still there? Wow.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

In that elementary school near the Food-a-rama in the strip center....that used to be a gun shop, post oak trophies was over there also

Think a chinese restaurant was on stella link also that looked like a chinese village as there was one on West Airport and Hiram Clarke

Wasn't jack-in-the-box on chimney rock and west bellfort? The old sign is still there Also, a chinese restaurant was across the street in a office building on chimney rock

At main and post oak was a mcdonald's, pizza hut and mobil gas station

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Great thread, love the photo! We moved into Meyerland in 1960, my mom still lives in the same house. I wonder if the photo might have actually been taken in 1959. The land where Kolter Elementary now stands is vacant in the photo. Kolter opened in 1960, so I think it might have been present in a photo taken in 1960, unless the construction went really quickly - I don't remember myself, I was just too young at the time. I attended Kolter from 1962-1969. The school had its 50th Anniversary celebration in November 2010. Amazing how much I still remember of the neighborhood even after 32 years in the Navy and being gone almost 40 years now. I keep promising myself I'm going to move back someday. Great place to grow up!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

There used to be a hamburger joint named "Luke's" at the corner of Willowbend and Post Oak. Vastly better than Burger King down the street. Further to the east on Willowbend, near railroad tracks, was a barbecue place who's name escapes me. I still remember the smell of smoke had permeated the walls after years of operating the indoor pit.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Memories for the area just out side the loop in zip coeds 77096 77035 & about 1/3 of 77025

Willow Bend on the West side of the train tracks where the baseball field about 5 to 7 yrs ago their use to be a place that sold plants there still is a old brown metal building that still stand

 

South Main & Willowbend there use to a golf course wierd thing about it it was so close to the street bet a few times people driving by got golf balls through there window

 

#1 When the dino's roamed the earth, that was the site of Mel's Bar B Q. 

It burned down if I remember right, and was the plant store a few years later.

 

#2 I worked as a caddie there 2-3 times in the early 70's.

 

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

There used to be a hamburger joint named "Luke's" at the corner of Willowbend and Post Oak. Vastly better than Burger King down the street. Further to the east on Willowbend, near railroad tracks, was a barbecue place who's name escapes me. I still remember the smell of smoke had permeated the walls after years of operating the indoor pit.

 

Luke's became Anne's, which is still there as far as I know, and is basically about the same as Luke's. Or at least I never

could tell a lot of difference...

 

The Bar B Q place at Post Oak and Benning was Post Oak Ranch.

 

 

 

.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Luke's became Anne's, which is still there as far as I know, and is basically about the same as Luke's. Or at least I never

could tell a lot of difference...

 

The Bar B Q place at Post Oak and Benning was Post Oak Ranch.

 

 

 

.

Luke's and Annie's were the same thing.  IIRC there were four locations.  The story I heard was that Luke and Annie (don't know the last name) got divorced.  She got one site.  It's the only one left.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

...

South Main & Willowbend there use to a golf course wierd thing about it it was so close to the street bet a few times people driving by got golf balls through there window

Bounded by South Main, Willowbend, and Stella Link.  It went almost to O'Meara on the north.  It was called South Main Golf Club.  By the time I got to Houston in 1968 it was a nine hole course, but each hole had two distinct tee boxes so you could play 18 holes that were different.  It lasted, in a shrinking footprint, into some time in the 90s or early 00s.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The lady that left Annies opend Cues 1993 to 1995 South Post Oak & MC Dermed right next to the Chinese Buffet across the freeway from Whataburger and Kroger.  Cues has much better food than Annies which has gone down hill in the last 5 to 7 yrs

Edited by DJboutit

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Great thread. 

 

I've lived in the area about 17 years and these are the changes I have seen:

 

The shopping center next to Westbury Square:

 

Blockbuster closed about 6-8 years ago and became a cash advance store

The anchor store was an HEB in the late 1990s.  They had a chronic problem with shoplifting and finally called it quits around 2005.  The store identical in size at Chimney Rock and S. Brasewood still exists.  The HEB that closed became a 99 Cent Only store.  In 2009 that chain was going to close all Texas stores but they changed their minds.  

Meyerland Auto used to be at the Chimney Rock side of the center.  It moved to S. Post Oak about 5-7 years ago.  They divided the space and the car repair bays changed hands twice in terms of who leased them.  The main office of Meyerland Auto became a check cashing place.  

The bank changed from Bank One to Chase roughly 5-6 years ago; it was never a Washington Mutual though. 

 

If any place needs gentrification it is that center.  It's 100% ghetto now and should just be demolished to develop single family homes or condos.  

 

On Willowbend east of Stella Link right before the second set of RR Tracks on the north side of the road there was Kruger Motorsports that closed around 2001.  It looked to be a chain gas station at some point prior to a repair shop.  The building was demolished a few years later and now it is just a vacant lot.  A bit towards Stella Link on that same side of the street was a C- store in the strip mall that had virtually no customers ever.  It closed around 2002.  In that same strip mall was a small shoe repair store an old man used to run.  He had a hug collection of die cast toys he collected for decades in his store.  I had shoes repaired there around 1998 and he took a lot of pride in his work.  I guess he died; the store has been shuttered for at least 8 years now.  There was also a barber shop next to his store that closed at roughly the same time.  At the east end of the center was a resale shop in the early 00s that was converted into a banquet hall.  It looks as if this has closed too.  The entire center is now vacant and shuttered.  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Strip shopping center on Willowbend just east of the rail roads tracks was torn down at the end of last summer town homes will be built in its place.

 

Strip center next to Auto Zone West Bellfort and Chimneyt Rock was torn down early last yr a fitness center will be built in its place I do not know how they have enough room for the building and the parking lot. 

Edited by DJboutit

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...
Sign in to follow this  

×
×
  • Create New...