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Piņatas Not Welcomed!!!
I grew up going to Elizabeth Kaiser Meyer Park up on the Northwest side of town all of the time. It had been awhile since I was here last, and apparently there was 1, or a few pinata incidents here, which are now banned from the park. When I saw this sign I laughed for about 5 minutes! (Check out the pic!) Anyway, it's kind of a hidden park about 1 1/2 miles north of FM 1960, just west of Stuebner-Airline Rd. It is located on the banks of Cypress Creek , and also has some small but nice nature trails. There are 2 jogging paths, each about 2 1/2 miles each, and quite a few soccer and baseball fields as well. A nice liitle pond with geese and lots of playground equipment for the kids are within the park. Also it's a great place to have a picnic! If you are up around the 1960 area some weekend, stop by! But leave your pinata at home!
Other Contact: 7700 Cypresswood Drive
Old Postcard of The Rice Hotel
Sitting on the location in downtown Houston of the old capital building of the Republic of Texas, the Rice Hotel building, as well as the site location, have quite a bit of history. The site was indeed where the capital building was for the first two years of the newly formed republic, then moving to Austin. William Marsh Rice, founder of Rice University here in town, bought the building in 1883 and built a small hotel on the site. In 1913, the present 17 story structure was built, and it became one the nicest and most popular places for people to stay at, as well as enjoy entertainment. Many famous people stayed at the Rice Hotel, including many Hollywood icons and U.S. presidents. John F. Kennedy stayed at the Rice once on a visit to Houston. Then after years of gradual decline, the hotel shut it's doors in 1976. The building basically sat empty for over 20 years until in 1998 it reopened after a complete renovation as a luxury loft complex. The restoration brought back all of the beautiful architecture of it's past, while keeping the same basic structure it has had now for nearly 100 years. I really like this picture here of the Rice Hotel, as it is from a postcard from the early 1900's, shortly after it opened. If you are around the downtown area, it's worth stopping in and taking a look!
Located Downtown in Hermann Square at the corner of Bagby St. and Walker St. is the City Hall building. Many people visiting Houston, and many people living here for that matter, never see this 12 story building that has primarily ceremonial significance now, as many city commisions and services have relocated to other places downtown. But it remains the location where the mayor and city council conduct daily activities and meetings. Constructed of Texas limestone and opened in 1939, City Hall was one of the first buildings in Houston to be completely air conditioned, a fact that many Houstonians find incredible, with the sweltering heat the city has for most of the year. Its location in tiny Hermann Square gives it a pleasant apperance, with a large reflecting pool in front, and tall Texas oak trees around it's perimeter. A nice place to check out while downtown.
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