1985 photograph from the NRHP nomination form From its opening in 1904 to its closing in 1975, the Carnegie Library was a cultural and educational center for the small, central Texas community of Belton. However, its days of serving the community were not over when the library relocated to a new building. The Bell County… Continue reading Thursday: Then & Now
Thanks to the dog shows at the Expo Center in Belton, Texas, I've been able to explore Belton from time to time. This fall has given me two Sunday afternoons to enjoy a picnic lunch on the quiet campus of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor followed by pleasant walks and discoveries on the campus. I… Continue reading The Story of Luther Hall
The Reptile Garden in Brackenridge Park may seem like an oddity now, but when it opened in 1933 it was a popular attraction for San Antonio residents. It came to its final location in 1939 and entertained visitors until its closure in 1975 when the manager retired and took his "collection" to Arkansas. Click on the… Continue reading Thursday: Then and Now
Raba, Ernst Wilhelm, 1874-1951. [Dullnig Building], photograph, Date Unknown; (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth460129/m1/1/: accessed May 28, 2020), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting San Antonio Conservation Society. Photograph taken May 18, 2020 standing almost in the same location. What happened here? Well, I'm not sure but I'm going to find out and will post in Doorway Into the Past.
I'm absolutely dying to go somewhere. Anywhere. I'm a vagabond at heart and staying home day after day has really squelched my wandering spirit. But I'm happy to stay home and stay safe! Therefore, I find I have no excuse not to catch up on organizing a few thousand pictures and catching up on my… Continue reading Let’s Go Somewhere
The 1928 Ott Hotel in Liberty isn't quite what you expect to find in an old building, but it is fun and very unique. Hop on over to Doorway Into the Past to see what I mean!
After a long absence I've returned to blogging and I'm excited about the many things I've collected to write about during the past few months! My first post is about a building that has been a familiar landmark on the San Antonio, Texas cityscape since 1965. For several years I worked in an adjacent building… Continue reading The Wedgwood Senior Living complex
This 1920's theater is still serving the community today as a live performance theater. It's also listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a part of the Caldwell Courthouse Historic District. Click here to read more about it's long history.
The Tower of the Americas isn't as old as some of the buildings in downtown San Antonio, but as a 50-year old landmark it does have an interesting past that deserves a blog post. Hop over to Doorway Into the Past to read more.
I recently had an opportunity to explore the 1926 Kerr County Courthouse in Kerrville Texas. Just one of the 254 Courthouses of Texas. Click here to read more