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Not that I know of. I do remember when I was a kid, going to the Fritos factory for a tour with my day camp. I have no idea where the factory was but as far as I know, there is no frito factory here anymore.

I remember the tour because they showed us HUGE vats of Fritos-to-be, looked like vomit! Didn't stop me from eating them tho!!

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Not that I know of. I do remember when I was a kid, going to the Fritos factory for a tour with my day camp. I have no idea where the factory was but as far as I know, there is no frito factory here anymore.

I remember the tour because they showed us HUGE vats of Fritos-to-be, looked like vomit! Didn't stop me from eating them tho!!

I was talking to a woman over in Houston. She asked me if I remembered the Frito-Lay plant. I think she said that it was on Griggs Road near IH-45. I do remember back then (1962-64) seeing a big Fritos sign somewhere there in Houston, but I don't know for certain if that's the place that she was referring to. Maybe she was telling me that it used to be there and not anymore. She was just asking me if I remember the plant and/or the big sign.

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Not that I know of. I do remember when I was a kid, going to the Fritos factory for a tour with my day camp. I have no idea where the factory was but as far as I know, there is no frito factory here anymore.

I remember the tour because they showed us HUGE vats of Fritos-to-be, looked like vomit! Didn't stop me from eating them tho!!

Frito's + Bean Dip = Delightful

Sorry this post added no value whatsoever.

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I remember the Borden's sign on the east side of 59 North, it would have been across the freeway from GRB over in Chinatown. I remember the big Shimmering Pepsi Cola sign as you turned onto 225 coming off of 610. They later changed it into a neon. I remember the huge Mayflower sign by Sage. The big neon Miller beer sign on 610 as you turned off of 59 to go to Bellaire.

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I remember the Borden's sign on the east side of 59 North, it would have been across the freeway from GRB over in Chinatown. I remember the big Shimmering Pepsi Cola sign as you turned onto 225 coming off of 610. They later changed it into a neon. I remember the huge Mayflower sign by Sage. The big neon Miller beer sign on 610 as you turned off of 59 to go to Bellaire.

Now you just made me remember that Pepsi sign. Now you tell me if I'm remember another sign correctly. Going down IH-610 westbound from Gulfgate, wasn't there a furniture store with a big sign that said Levitz?

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Now you just made me remember that Pepsi sign. Now you tell me if I'm remember another sign correctly. Going down IH-610 westbound from Gulfgate, wasn't there a furniture store with a big sign that said Levitz?

Yep, the building is still there, but Levitz is long gone, sometime during the mid 80's.

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I wonder if Levitz suffered the same fate as other businesses of being replaced by other chain stores?

everyone together now - in your radio jingle voice:

You'll love it at Levitz!

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I wonder if Levitz suffered the same fate as other businesses of being replaced by other chain stores?

I think it was more like Mr.Levitz died, and the children sold off the property for a nice chunk of change. That particular part of town is trying to make a comeback, slowly but surely.

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I think it was more like Mr.Levitz died, and the children sold off the property for a nice chunk of change. That particular part of town is trying to make a comeback, slowly but surely.

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looks like they just abandoned Houston

http://www.levitz.com/Maps/Select.asp

The history of Levitz Furniture Corporation dates back to 1910 when Richard Levitz opened the first Levitz Furniture store in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. Richard Levitz had two sons, Ralph and Leon, who opened another furniture store in Pottstown, Pennsylvania in 1936 bearing the family name.

In the 1960's, the "warehouse/showroom" concept brought Levitz to the forefront of the furniture industry. After a very successful "Warehouse Sale," the family coupled showrooms and warehouses under one roof, forever changing the way customers shop for furniture - making large selection, low cost and immediate availability the gold standard in the furniture industry.

Today, Levitz has grown to 73 showrooms and continues to carry an extensive assortment of merchandise, offered at competitive prices and delivered promptly.

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This discussion brings back two things I had long forgotten:

1. Remember the huge electric sign off I-45 North at the I-10 interchange? I remember it used to belong to Moore Business Products (?) before becoming a Continental Airlines billboard.

2. All this talk about Borden's reminds me of the Borden plant downtown. Wasn't it near I-45 and the Pierce Elevated? I seem to remember it burning down in the mid-1980s.

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I now remember a big Fritos sign from over 40 years ago somewhere in Houston. Is it still there?

I don't remember the sign, but I do remember the Frito Bandito. I had the clip-on mustache and a red pencil topper that came inside the chips bags. Those were the days!

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I grew up off of Griggs road right down the street from the Fritos plant. It was at Griggs and the Gulf Freeway on the east side of Griggs. I think the entrance was on Broad Street though. I don't think the freeway feeder went through back then. You could always smell those Fritos cooking when you drove past and yes there was a big animated sign with the Fritos logo spelled out using various colored small bulbs. Across the Griggs on the corner was Carr's Tastee Freeze. I enjoyed that smell of the Fritos cooking and also remember how wonderful the smell was driving past the Nabisco plant.

You're speaking in the past tense. So I'll assume that the Frito's sign and/or plant is no longer there.

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Someone above mentioned about the little Frito Bandito guy (eraser) that would be FREE in each family pack of Frito's. They came in all colors red, blue, green and we would trade with the other kids in school.

Good thing we got to enjoy those days. Now it would be considered major PI incorrect and it would have been pulled from shelves.

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The Frito Lay plant was on the corner of I45 and Broad. You could smell the fritos when you drove by.

Levits is now Trading Fair II.

There was Oak Farms on Westheimer I think which is now a cold storage warehouse.

Nabisco smelled really good when you drove by on OST and Almeda. Something like a Nilla wafer. I think it is now part of the VA hospital.

Bordens is still sold in Houston, along with Oak Farms. The one I have not seen in a long time is Quality Checked. When I lived in the Valley it was called Hygia, here it was called Sanitary.

Speaking of old signs anyone remember the Markle Steel sign when it used to light up.

joe

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The Frito Lay plant was on the corner of I45 and Broad. You could smell the fritos when you drove by.

Levits is now Trading Fair II.

There was Oak Farms on Westheimer I think which is now a cold storage warehouse.

Nabisco smelled really good when you drove by on OST and Almeda. Something like a Nilla wafer. I think it is now part of the VA hospital.

Bordens is still sold in Houston, along with Oak Farms. The one I have not seen in a long time is Quality Checked. When I lived in the Valley it was called Hygia, here it was called Sanitary.

Speaking of old signs anyone remember the Markle Steel sign when it used to light up.

joe

Wow, you've seen a lot! No, I haven't heard of Markle Steel. But I remember the signs to some of those other businesses that you mentioned. I do remember the eagle on the neon Anheuser-Busch sign. It would flap its wings then change to the Budweiser logo.

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Speaking of old signs anyone remember the Markle Steel sign when it used to light up.

joe

I remember Markel sign, just cant remember where it was?

and someone mentioned the old GIANT Coca-Cola sign @ Telephone/45S. I have it one 88mm film just before they unplugged it. It was real "Las Vegas Like" all glittery/sparkling too cool!

Was kind like this....Look everybody....

http://www.flickr.com/photos/pbo31/sets/72057594059509636/

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Speaking of old signs anyone remember the Markle Steel sign when it used to light up.

joe

I remember Markel sign, just cant remember where it was?

and someone mentioned the old GIANT Coca-Cola sign @ Telephone/45S. I have it one 88mm film just before they unplugged it. It was real "Las Vegas Like" all glittery/sparkling too cool!

Was kind like this....Look everybody....

http://www.flickr.com/photos/pbo31/sets/72057594059509636/

Yes, that was a big sign. Certain products, I believe, don't need to advertised because they're well entrenched. For example, Coca-Cola is the king of soft drinks. Budweiser is the king of beers. Both of them will always be at the top. During the Super Bowl, I didn't understand why they felt the need to spend all of those big bucks for commercials. But who am I? I didn't major in any field of business.

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Markle Steel is still there. It is on the right as you drive into downtown coming from the south on I45. It is a big tin building with a painting of a guy in a hardhat standing on a steel beam being hauled up by a crane. Up until about the late 70s the painting was outlined in neon. And when it was lit up the guys arm would move up and down as if to signal the crane operator to haul him up.

I had forgotten about the AB eagle flapping its wings.

joe

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Markle Steel is still there. It is on the right as you drive into downtown coming from the south on I45. It is a big tin building with a painting of a guy in a hardhat standing on a steel beam being hauled up by a crane. Up until about the late 70s the painting was outlined in neon. And when it was lit up the guys arm would move up and down as if to signal the crane operator to haul him up.

I had forgotten about the AB eagle flapping its wings.

joe

are you sure markle steel is still there? i think the building was leveled a couple of years back for new homes.

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are you sure markle steel is still there? i think the building was leveled a couple of years back for new homes.

It may have been leveled its been a couple of years since I paid much attention to the area around there. I know it was there not long ago. Thats one of those intersections where you have to pay attention to the road. In the old days that I45/I59 intersection was the original spagetti bowl as it was called.

joe

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Markel Steel has been gone for a while. Along that stretch of the Gulf Freeway as it enters downtown was the original Fingers Furniture store that became Star Furniture and Markel. They were leveled and they built homes on part of the site. Does anyone remember when Fingers was at that location prior to moving down to Cullen and 45? The old Colt 45 stadium was at the current Fingers location and when they moved out to the site of the Astrodome the old stadium was demolished and Fingers built there current store on the old site. The Colt 45's played in a stadium on the north side of the Astrodome parking lot until they completed the Astrodome and then moved indoors and became the Astros. In the basement of the Fingers store in their snack bar area is a Houston Sports Museum and the location of the old home plate from the Colt 45 stadium. The mark it on the floor with terazo tile laid in the shape of a home plate.

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Markel Steel has been gone for a while. Along that stretch of the Gulf Freeway as it enters downtown was the original Fingers Furniture store that became Star Furniture and Markel. They were leveled and they built homes on part of the site. Does anyone remember when Fingers was at that location prior to moving down to Cullen and 45? The old Colt 45 stadium was at the current Fingers location and when they moved out to the site of the Astrodome the old stadium was demolished and Fingers built there current store on the old site. The Colt 45's played in a stadium on the north side of the Astrodome parking lot until they completed the Astrodome and then moved indoors and became the Astros. In the basement of the Fingers store in their snack bar area is a Houston Sports Museum and the location of the old home plate from the Colt 45 stadium. The mark it on the floor with terazo tile laid in the shape of a home plate.

I thought they were the Houston Buffalos until they moved to the Fannin location and became the Colt 45s. Or is my time line wrong?

joe

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The old Colt 45 stadium was at the current Fingers location and when they moved out to the site of the Astrodome the old stadium was demolished and Fingers built there current store on the old site. The Colt 45's played in a stadium on the north side of the Astrodome parking lot until they completed the Astrodome and then moved indoors and became the Astros.

That's not quite right. The Houston Colt 45s never played at the Finger Furniture site. The minor league Houston Buffs played there in Buff Stadium from the 1920s or so until the team dissolved when the city got major league baseball in 1962. Not sure at the moment when the last Buffs season was (maybe 1960?), but I'm sure someone around here knows.

When the Colt 45s started in 1962, they did indeed play in a stadium on the north side of the current Astrodome. It was never meant as a permanent structure and was only erected for use until the team built a larger, more permanent home. The adandoned Colt Stadium remained intact, surrounded by the Astrodome parking lot until around 1973 or 1974. I remember seeing it the first time I ever went to an Astros game in 1972. It was gone by the timee I went to another game in 1975. At first I thought I had simply imagined it (as I was only a six year old in 1972) until I read a story in the Chronicle years later that revealed the ultimate fate of the stadium. It was dismantled and moved to Mexico and I believe is still in use today. I can't remember the name of t he town in ended up in.

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That's not quite right. The Houston Colt 45s never played at the Finger Furniture site. The minor league Houston Buffs played there in Buff Stadium from the 1920s or so until the team dissolved when the city got major league baseball in 1962. Not sure at the moment when the last Buffs season was (maybe 1960?), but I'm sure someone around here knows.

When the Colt 45s started in 1962, they did indeed play in a stadium on the north side of the current Astrodome. It was never meant as a permanent structure and was only erected for use until the team built a larger, more permanent home. The adandoned Colt Stadium remained intact, surrounded by the Astrodome parking lot until around 1973 or 1974. I remember seeing it the first time I ever went to an Astros game in 1972. It was gone by the timee I went to another game in 1975. At first I thought I had simply imagined it (as I was only a six year old in 1972) until I read a story in the Chronicle years later that revealed the ultimate fate of the stadium. It was dismantled and moved to Mexico and I believe is still in use today. I can't remember the name of t he town in ended up in.

If you can find a copy of the book "A Six-Gun Salute", there are a lot of photos of Colt Stadium, including a few after the stadium was closed.

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are you sure markle steel is still there? i think the building was leveled a couple of years back for new homes.

Yup. Markle is gone. In it's place are some new low-income homes.

Does anyone remember the Borden plant on Waugh Dr. near Allen Parkway? I remember touring the place as part of a school field trip. Also remember touring the Coca-Cola plant that used to be on Bissonet between Kirby and Wesleyan. That place smelled strongly of Sprite on the inside.

I remember the Frito plant on 45 south...and the huge neon sign. Also remember the big neon Coca Cola sign on 45 not far from it. The frame for the neon sign is still there and was converted to a billboard long ago.

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Yup. Markle is gone. In it's place are some new low-income homes.

Does anyone remember the Borden plant on Waugh Dr. near Allen Parkway? I remember touring the place as part of a school field trip. Also remember touring the Coca-Cola plant that used to be on Bissonet between Kirby and Wesleyan. That place smelled strongly of Sprite on the inside.

I remember the Frito plant on 45 south...and the huge neon sign. Also remember the big neon Coca Cola sign on 45 not far from it. The frame for the neon sign is still there and was converted to a billboard long ago.

All three of those places in the same general area seem to ring a bell for me. I remember a big neon Fritos sign, and a big Elsie the Cow Borden sign (it think it was neon). I also think that I remember the Coca Cola sign that you're referring to. A NABISCO sign is coming into my mind. Was/is there a NABISCO plant in that general area, too?

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All three of those places in the same general area seem to ring a bell for me. I remember a big neon Fritos sign, and a big Elsie the Cow Borden sign (it think it was neon). I also think that I remember the Coca Cola sign that you're referring to. A NABISCO sign is coming into my mind. Was/is there a NABISCO plant in that general area, too?

Nabisco was over on Almeda Road over near the Zoo/Medical Center. For some reason, I remember the plant, but not the sign...maybe it wasn't there anymore by the mid to late 60's? I do remember the water tower with the Nabisco logo on it. The building and the tower are still there, but as someone else pointed out -- the VA hospital is using it now. The Elsie sounds vaguely familiar. That Coca Cola sign was huge. You couldn't miss that thing! lol

Do you remember the giant Holder's Pest Control Roach over off 59 South?

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Nabisco was over on Almeda Road over near the Zoo/Medical Center. For some reason, I remember the plant, but not the sign...maybe it wasn't there anymore by the mid to late 60's? I do remember the water tower with the Nabisco logo on it. The building and the tower are still there, but as someone else pointed out -- the VA hospital is using it now. The Elsie sounds vaguely familiar. That Coca Cola sign was huge. You couldn't miss that thing! lol

Do you remember the giant Holder's Pest Control Roach over off 59 South?

No, Holder's doesn't ring a bell. Was it a picture of a roach?

Another big neon sign is coming back into my head. I think we were going westbound on IH-610 from Gulfgate. Is my memory correct when it sees a big LEVITZ furniture store sign?

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No, Holder's doesn't ring a bell. Was it a picture of a roach?

Another big neon sign is coming back into my head. I think we were going westbound on IH-610 from Gulfgate. Is my memory correct when it sees a big LEVITZ furniture store sign?

Not sure, but there was a Levitz store with a big sign on the Katy Freeway near what is now the Beltway.

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No, Holder's doesn't ring a bell. Was it a picture of a roach?

Another big neon sign is coming back into my head. I think we were going westbound on IH-610 from Gulfgate. Is my memory correct when it sees a big LEVITZ furniture store sign?

Your memory is indeed correct. And in the same general area were Crossroads Furniture and Kennedy & Cohen.

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