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9100 South Main

King's Court

Demolished

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9300 South Main

White House Motor Hotel

Status?

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9350 South Main

John's Restaurant.  This may have become the Poly-Asian restaurant later.

Demolished

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9604 South Main

Las Vegas Motor Hotel

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9810 South Main

Sonny Look's Sir Loin House

Demolished

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9901 South Main

Elliott's Steak House

Demolished

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10015 South Main

Mitchell Inn

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10200 South Main

The Yacht Restaurant

Demolished

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10319 South Main

Holiday Inn Motel

Extant

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That Sonnys and Sir Loin's resemble a place that I went to in Beaumont back in the 1970s called "Steak and Ale." Were there any "Steak and Ale" restaurants in Houston? I don't think that the one in Beaumont is there anymore.

Chet Cuccia

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Another one I found.

Gaidos, 9200 South Main.

I knew they were in Galveston, but not in Houston.

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It's not in this picture, but they used to have a Giant Shrimp sculture with a cowboy outfit on, brandishing sixguns like he is ready for a gunfight, and a Giant Blue crab, on the other end of the building, with a sign underneath it that said "actual size". :)

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Man--I remember the Mitchell Inn..kinda resembled a Holiday Inn (somewhat smaller "Great Sign")..is it completely gone now?

Not sure...I drive past there all the time, but never really pay much

attention. I know at least one of the older motels is still there, but

can't remember which one it was. It's on the west side of the street

south of OST I think. I remember when I moved here there was

another motel right about at main and the loop. But danged if I

can remember the name of it offhand... It may well be torn down now,

but I never really paid that much attention. It was on the west side

of the street, a bit south of sonny looks. Like I say, I think it was

almost at the loop 610 corner, on the west side... I'll think of the

name one of these days... I stayed there a full week in 1969.

What is wild is to look at the surroundings in some of those pix.

Like open prairie.... The 10,000 block of main was nearly out in

the sticks in the old days. Once upon a time, there was an airport

on main between what is now hillcroft, and chimney rock. "Sam Houston".

That was really out in the sticks... There was also another main street

airport a bit closer to town, fairly close to where the loop is.

I don't remember that holiday inn...Must have been gone when we moved

here. That car in the pix looks like a 50's chevy.. maybe a 56...

I was going through pictures at one of the archive sites, and was looking

at all the pictures of the fancy houses that were once on main near the

downtown area. Lots, and lots of them... That street has changed a lot since

1900.

MK

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Last I checked the Mitchell Inn was still there. It is on the east side of Main, a little bit south of the loop. It has been remodeled - the usual stucco-ing - from what is in the picture here. Good catch on their copying the Holiday Inn "Great Sign". The Holiday Inn Motel further down the street I believe is still in existence as well.

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Meyer Speedway used to be out there as well--near Hillcroft & S. Main..I don't know what year the bulldozer ate it. How about Navarro Courts?

I'm not sure about Meyer speedway. I guess it was about the middle to late 70's

when they shut it down. Yep, was at the corner of Hillcroft/blue ridge and main.

Butler stadium is just to the east on the same side of the street. The old Sam

Houston airport entrance was across the street from Butler stadium. The old

main street airport was farther uptown just south of OST if I remember right.

Both of those airports are now covered by houses... I remember in the

latel 60's, 70's, you could hear the cars at the speedway every friday night,

even here at the house, which is near westbury square.

They even ran a nascar championship race at meyer I think about 1974 or

somewhere along there... I think Bobby Allison >sp?> won if I remember right.

MK

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I writ....

I remember in the

latel 60's, 70's, you could hear the cars at the speedway every friday night,

even here at the house, which is near westbury square.

Actually, thinking about it, I think it was every saturday night... Been so

long, I pert near fergot... But I think the noise on fri was usually the bands

marching at butler at football games. Sat was race car night... I myself

was in the westbury marching band, and played drums. So I added to

the racket on some of those fri nights in the 70's... :)

MK

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10319 South Main

Holiday Inn Motel

Extant

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I remember this motel from the mid-late 50's. It was just up South Main, on the east side, from the South Main Drive-in theater, which was on the west side. It came before, and was not related to the Holiday Inn chain we know today. It was a small, independently owned operation built in the 40's. I recall there was some type of settlement made between the Holiday Inn chain, as it grew, and this motel owner to change the name of his place. I think he ended up changing its name to the Holiday House.

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10015 South Main

Mitchell Inn

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On the same subject, I wonder whose sign came first... the Mitchell Inn or the Holiday Inn. They do look similar.

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On the same subject, I wonder whose sign came first... the Mitchell Inn or the Holiday Inn. They do look similar.

Probably the Holiday Inn "Great Sign". It was used since the early 1950s, but the Mitchell Inn looks like it was built in the early 1960s.

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South Main drive-in, from drive-ins.com

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I really enjoyed this photo. I remember seeing 'The Longest Day' at this Drive In as a kid back in the early 60's (and being eaten alive my the mosquitoes). I lived just north of the theater in the neighborhood of Westwood (not to be confused with what is currently known as Westwood, which I believe lies to the East of this area). I vaguely recall that the screenings were partially visible from our house on O'Meara Street in the evenings. This really brings back some memories. I live in California now, but I am trying to learn more about what became of my old neighborhood, which was East of Stella Link Rd. (just north of where Stella Link intersects South Main) and South of Shearn Elementary where I started school in 1959. Anyway, thank you. This is a wonderful old photograph.

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I really enjoyed this photo. I remember seeing 'The Longest Day' at this Drive In as a kid back in the early 60's (and being eaten alive my the mosquitoes).

The mosquitoe part is hilarious! Tiny Texas icons indeed.

Rare photo is great too!

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I really enjoyed this photo. I remember seeing 'The Longest Day' at this Drive In as a kid back in the early 60's (and being eaten alive my the mosquitoes).

The mosquitoe part is hilarious! Tiny Texas icons indeed.

Rare photo is great too!

I read that Rice University is located at 6100 South Main. That's an easy address to remember a college by. Does the University of Houston also have an easy-to-remember address?

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I remember this motel from the mid-late 50's. It was just up South Main, on the east side, from the South Main Drive-in theater, which was on the west side. It came before, and was not related to the Holiday Inn chain we know today. It was a small, independently owned operation built in the 40's. I recall there was some type of settlement made between the Holiday Inn chain, as it grew, and this motel owner to change the name of his place. I think he ended up changing its name to the Holiday House.

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10015 South Main

Mitchell Inn

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On the same subject, I wonder whose sign came first... the Mitchell Inn or the Holiday Inn. They do look similar.

The Mitchell inn was severely ravaged by a fairly significant tornado back around 1965 or 1966. It seems I recall further damage across the street. I think it may have been (of course) a trailer park. That same night, some roofs were blown off buildings at the (then new) Madison High School just off Orem Road.

Can anyone add details (or pictures) on this event.

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That same night, some roofs were blown off buildings at the (then new) Madison High School just off Orem Road.

It must have 1966, I lived just across the bayou (Sims?) from Madison (4114 Knotty Oaks Trail), a couple kids and me walked through the site while it was still under construction. In the summer of 1966, we moved over near Meyerland, I have a faint recollection of my mother telling me about a tornado hitting South Main. I think if we had still lived by Madison, I'd have stronger memory.

In the late 70s early 80s, a tornado roared by the house I was living in then, when I say roar, I mean like trains and jets roaring, something I'll never forget.

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