From the Houston Chronicle “Then and now: Houston Streets” August 24, 1964: This pylon stands on Buffalo Speedway north of Bissonnet, marking the location of the newly renovated and enlarged Speedway Shopping Center. Located on a five-acre tract, the center contains 38,000 square feet of floor space and its stores and shops offer a wide variety of merchandise and services.
A combination of musical and theatrical performances, cook-offs, carnival booths, and concessions set in a Western frontier-style town, Frontier Fiesta began in 1940 but was almost immediately interrupted by World War II and suspended from 1942-1945. Frontier Fiesta’s second run (from 1946-1959) saw the event grow to its greatest popularity and achieve national acclaim; Life Magazine proclaimed it the “Greatest College Show on Earth.”
The student-run, community-minded festival was revived in 1992. Every year the Frontier Fiesta Association awards 10 scholarships to deserving incoming freshman and current UH students; these scholarships reward both academic achievement and outstanding efforts in community service.
The University of Houston Digital Library is a true treasure of “throw back” history for Houston and the Gulf Coast Area (just to begin!).
Here are two Houston TBT photos. First, a map of of the area:
“A reproduction of a map created by Gail Borden, who was commissioned by the Allen brothers to produce a map of the city. The “Original Plan of Houston” shows a city hugging Buffalo Bayou with space reserved for a courthouse, churches, and schools.”
“An imaginative painting by an unknown artist in the 1920s or 1930s, depicting a futuristic view of Houston in 1980.”
Houston, Texas has a remarkable history including “Houston” being the first word spoken from the Moon!
Houston founded on Aug. 30 by brothers Augustus C. and John K. Allen, who pay just over $1.40 per acre for 6,642 acres of land near the headwaters of Buffalo Bayou. I bought a cup of coffee today, it was just over $3/cup!