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Sunday, November 10, 2013

More Images Of Old Sugar Land


The intersection of Brooks and Bluebonnet Streets looking eastward toward Oyster Creek sometime in the 1960s.

A view of the Main Street Bridge from the Char House sometime in the 1960s.  At the creek bank just this side of the south end of the bridge you see a small derrick.  I think it is/was one of the wells supplying Sugar Land's water.  I need to investigate this further, but there were a number of wells in the same vicinity supplying water to the town.

The Antonio Reyes home in Mayfield Park just after construction in June 1965.  The inset shows a sign for the company which remodeled old homes and built new ones in the subdivision, Kinkaid Builders.

I don't have any info on this picture, but I think it shows the lower end of Pine Street in the mid 1960s.  This section was incorporated into the refinery complex when Imperial built a new Machine Shop and Truck Fleet Maintenance Facility in the area in 1966.

I haven't found any info on this picture, but I think it shows home construction on upper Guyer Street in Mayfield Park.  (Note the bend in the north end of the street.  Oyster Creek is out of view on the right.)

Demolition of the old St. Theresa's Church on Main and 5th Streets sometime in the late 1960s or early 1970s.  Of course, the new church now stands on 7th Street.

A birds-eye view of a Sugar Land traffic jam in 1967 or '68.  Note the cars stopped on Highway-90A and on Main Street in the lower left.  Also note there are no crossing barriers although there are warning lights.  I recall some train-vehicle collisions, but they didn't happen often.

Note that Savoy and connecting streets in Venetian Estates haven't been constructed.

A photo of 3rd and 4th grade class rooms at Sugar Land Elementary in 1963.  They were constructed in 1953 and still stand to this day, I think.  Rita Drabek's 4th grade class room was the one on the far right.  Each unit housed two abutting class rooms with separate exterior doors visible under the covered walkway.

The following series of pictures shows demolition of the old Wash Plant in April 1967.  I've included two articles from The Imperial Crown which explain the significance of the building.  Notice the piping through which liquid sugar flows into and out of the Char House.  The connecting building is actually the heart of the refinery although the Char House is its most visible part.

(This is the 1965 article referenced in the 1967 article above.)