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Thursday: Then & Now

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

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Thursday Then & Now: Orange County Courthouse

18 June 2021 Sometimes things change radically. Other times there is little, if any, change and that is how I found the Orange County Texas Courthouse. Other than two 1960's additions, one on either side of the Courthouse, the Courthouse has not changed since its completion in 1937. The Texas Historic Commission describes the Courthouse… Continue reading Thursday Then & Now: Orange County Courthouse

Then and Now

Thursday: Then & Now

Lesson learned:  do not wait to photograph an old building whose fate is being determined by school officials and City leaders. Lesson I hope the San Antonio ISD learned: do not let your buildings deteriorate until they are crumbling and beyond saving.  Most likely, they did not learn this one. I have searched for quite… Continue reading Thursday: Then & Now

Doorway Into the Past, Then and Now

Thursday: Then and Now

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

Then and Now, Weather

Thursday Then and Now: Hurricane Prediction

Hurricane prediction has come a long way in the past few years as evidenced by this map published on September 22, 1920, showing the "probable" path of a tropical storm that had intensified into a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico. Just a map with an arrow pointing to the area where it was thought… Continue reading Thursday Then and Now: Hurricane Prediction

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Thursday Then and Now: The Milam Building

When the Milam Building opened in downtown San Antonio in 1928 it was the first high-rise office building with air-conditioning.  What a remarkable innovation! I have fond memories of the little coffee shop on the first floor.  Not only did they have fabulous biscuits, it was where the who's who of the SA business world… Continue reading Thursday Then and Now: The Milam Building

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Thursday Then and Now: The International and Great Northern Railroad passenger station

The International & Great Northern Railroad made its entrance into San Antonio, Texas in 1879 following a route from Austin, Texas to Laredo, Texas.  This Mission Revival style passenger station was built in 1906 and served the community until its closure in 1970. To say that it had deteriorated is an understatement.  However, in time… Continue reading Thursday Then and Now: The International and Great Northern Railroad passenger station

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Thursday Then and Now: The Texas Theater

The Texas Theater was considered one of San Antonio's finest movie theaters when it opened on December 26, 1926. It was a popular theater and enjoyed success until the great movie houses downtown, and downtown in general, felt the downward spiral of neglect as the City grew out into the suburbs.  The last show was… Continue reading Thursday Then and Now: The Texas Theater