Posts Categorized: 2017

Historic Gas Stations Statewide

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Historic Gas Stations Statewide Pictured is the old petrified wood gas station at 1738 CR 312, Glen Rose (Somervell County) The early and mid-20th century construction of gas stations has left a legacy of distinctive yet modest roadside architecture throughout Texas.  Changing demographics, economics and transportation needs have resulted in the closure and demolition of… More »

Historic Dams Statewide

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Historic Dams Statewide Pictured: Endangered Cape’s Dam in the San Marcos River Historic dams, mill races and associated structures across Texas were essential for the development of early water-powered industries, agricultural irrigation, and flood control.  While many continue to serve their original function, they are also important today as evidence of historic engineering practices and pioneer ingenuity… More »

Historic Barns Statewide

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Historic Barns Statewide Pictured is a historic barn near Manda owned by Travis County Historic barns of various forms, sizes and materials built for a range of uses can be found throughout much of Texas, and of those that survive many are in serious disrepair and slowly collapsing.  Barns represent our agricultural heritage and reflect… More »

Lions Municipal Golf Course

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Lions Municipal Golf Course 2901 Enfield Road, Austin, Travis County The heavily-wooded 141-acre Lions Municipal Golf Course, known as “Muny,” is located just two miles west of the Texas State Capitol in Austin.  It was designed in 1924 and remains in its original use today as a golf course.   The course was laid out… More »

Amarillo Helium Plant

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Amarillo Helium Plant 10001 Interstate 40 Business (formerly Route 66), Amarillo, Potter County The Amarillo Helium Plant is a nationally-significant historic industrial site in the Texas Panhandle that awaits rehabilitation.  Global helium production was centered near Amarillo with the production of almost all of the world’s supply for over a decade prior to World War… More »

1924 Democratic Primary Polling Place

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1924 Democratic Primary Polling Place / East El Paso Fire Station (No. 5) 2317 Texas Avenue, El Paso, El Paso County On July 26, 1924, Dr. Lawrence A. Nixon (1883-1966) was denied the right to vote in the Texas Democratic primary because he was black.  He attempted to cast his vote at the East El Paso… More »

Fort Brown Earthworks

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Fort Brown Earthworks Brownsville, Cameron County The original Fort Brown Earthworks, completed in 1846, are the remains of the only such fort in the United States built for the U.S.-Mexican War. Fort Brown was later expanded nearby and subsequently played a role in the Civil War, as a training ground during the Spanish-American War and… More »