Sunday, October 31, 2010
Incorporated in 1877 by Houston’s first African American alderman, Richard Brock, Olivewood Cemetery was the first know graveyard for blacks within the city limits. Tucked away at the end of a dead-end street, near a bend in White Oak Bayou it was the burial site for freed slaves before becoming the resting place for several early influential Houstonians. After being abandoned in the 1960s, it became overgrown with vegetation with only the taller monuments rising over the undergrowth.
If that’s not scary enough, the ghost of Mary White is said to appear and hover over her tombstone, and neighbors report shadowy movements after dark.
In 2003, the non-profit group Descendants of Olivewood was formed with the intent of restoring the site and protecting its historical significance, and to date has cleared 2 of the cemetery’s 8 acres.
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Very few Houstonians realize that as they commute over the Franklin Avenue Bridge at Louisiana St. they are actually passing over the former resting place for several members of a prominent early Houston family.
Dating back to 1849, the Donnellan Family crypt is still visible to those who choose to venture the banks of Buffalo Bayou. While the bodies have been removed and re-interred in Glenwood Cemetery, the red brick outer wall and boarded up entry remain to not only give us a glimpse of the past, but how quickly things can be forgotten as a city quickly grows.
Friday, October 29, 2010
I first mentioned La Carafe HERE, and it’s no surprise that Houston’s oldest bar in its oldest commercial building is said to be haunted. Just the dimly lit décor itself makes it easy to believe.
Sounds of children playing on the second floor are fueled by the tales of children killed during one of the building’s fires, and shadowy images seen in the upstairs window are said to be that of Carl, a former bartender.
Some women patrons say they feel an icy hand on their shoulder as they descend the very narrow staircase in the back of the building. Perhaps that gives credence to the story of a New Orleans woman who casually pushed her competition down those very same stairs.
Attempts to “cleanse” the old brick building of its spectral guests have had no effect.
Seems the ghosts like La Carafe just as much as I do.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Nothing gets me in the Halloween mood like a few severed doll heads.
This little collection is brought to you by Texas Art Asylum (isn’t this a GREAT name?), an eclectic shop of forgotten treasures available to the creative to be artistically re-used as they see fit.
MAKE THAT ONE DOLL STOP LOOKING AT ME!!!!
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Fortunately (for the homeowner), this isn’t really a haunted tree… just a very unique way with dealing with the aftermath of a storm.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Built in 1924 and abandoned in 1938, this structure has been known as one of the most haunted places in America. The building was erected atop the neglected 1840 Houston City Cemetery, which contained among the remains, Yellow Fever victims and Civil War soldiers. After it was deemed insufficient to suit the city’s medical needs, it served to house other services, including a juvenile detention center and then a psychiatric hospital.
For almost 20 years it stood empty, which led to a ghost hunters paradise with tales of shadowy figures, floating orbs and sounds of shuffling footsteps.
If my picture doesn’t capture this description, it is because in 2005 the building was refurbished and marketed as artist’s lofts.
I wonder how scary the prices are?
Monday, October 25, 2010
Twenty years later, they are still here and have become one of the more recognizable pieces in the area.
Friday, October 22, 2010
This is part of the Ring of Honor inside the The Flying Saucer Draft Emporium in downtown. Participants that taste 200 different beers get their names immortalized on a “saucer” and are displayed for all to see.
With well over 250 beers from all over the globe, they are bound to have something for everyone’s taste.
One of these days you’ll see my name on that wall!!
Thursday, October 21, 2010
I won’t get into my views or the pros and cons of the proposition, but here is quick image of the focal point of the issue.
Remember to smile next time you run a red light.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
There is a large unmarked red button along the Preston Avenue Bridge that tempts passersby.
What is it? Shall I push it?
Upon doing so, it activates a hidden compressor system and releases a large air bubble below the water’s surface. As the bubble rushes to the top, pedestrians along the promenade are surprised by the stirring of the water and its unmistakably loud BLURP.
You now have been officially warned.
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Tuesday, October 19, 2010
What's the problem?
To me, it looks like a large swordfish, and I can not "see" what it has to do with Houston at all.
Monday, October 18, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
I need to come up with a cool theme for Friday's postings.
Until I do this will have to suffice. It's from the Beer Can House that I posted about a week or so back.
I wonder... beer might be a good Friday theme... or maybe burgers.
Beer? Burgers? I might be on to something!!!
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Opened in 1979 and dedicated on the tenth anniversary of the lunar landing, these towering stainless steel cylinders were meant to resemble the Apollo mission's rocket boosters.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Today is the kick-off for Houston Beer Week, and what better way to celebrate than with a post of what is considered to be the oldest bar in Houston.
La Carafe is located on the historic Market Square area of downtown Houston. While it is distputed whether it really is the oldest bar, there is no arguing that the building that houses this gem IS the oldest standing commercial building still in use, dating back to 1847. Originally the Kennedy Bakery, some of its first patrons were Civil War soldiers.
Small, creaky, dark and full of history, its an excellent spot for a quick beer or glass of wine. A true classic.
Saturday, October 9, 2010
This weekend, the downtown area including the City Hall Refecting Pool and Tranquility Park will be transformed into what is considered to be one of the top ten Art Festivals in the country. The Bayou City Arts Festival combines over 300 artists from all around the U.S. showcasing their wares with all sorts of live performances and epicurean delights. A true feast for all the senses.
Friday, October 8, 2010
This flash from the past is a completely restored 1958 Cadillac Sedan DeVille that is on display in the Art Car Museum in The Heights area of Houston.
Technically... it's not really an "Art Car", but really...
Art is in the eye of the beholder.
or something like that.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Right... Just one.
This fixture was donated to the people of Houston by the City of Hamburg, Germany. Similar to the ones that grace the Lombard Bridge, this one sits in the Melvalene & Carl Cohen Plaza located in the Heights area of town.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Houston is notorious for NOT having the seasons of spring or autumn, most years seemingly going straight to winter from summer.
This past week, the temperatures FINALLY dropped below the nineties and the weather has been spectacular. This faux tree is actually calling attention to a complex of condominiums on Fannin St. near the Medical Center, but will be the closest we get to seeing the leaves change color.
Monday, October 4, 2010
Legend has it, that this over 400 year old oak tree was the site of at least eleven hangings during the years of the Republic of Texas, and is also reported to be the oldest tree in Harris County.
Hang 'em high...
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Major League Baseball ends today and with it, Minute Maid Park will close till next season. No more hot dogs... no more peanuts... no more Cracker Jacks.
With its retractable roof open, you get a glimpse of the train that runs after each Astro home run.
Opening Day 2011 will be here before you know it.
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Built in 1929, the Heights Theater was an independent neighborhood theater until it was sold in the late 1950’s. It is now an event hall and on evenings that it is booked, it comes to life, giving us a glimpse of its former glory.
Friday, October 1, 2010
One person’s graffiti is another person’s street art. I’ve already touched on my views HERE. Houston is fortunate to have several outstanding urban graffiti artists.
Sooooo... be on the lookout as you drive about town… You might be surprised at what you might find.