Thanks to LoneStarMike at SkyscraperPage for finding this. What a great photo. It looks as if this photo was taken from the vantage point of where the Austin Convention Center is today. You can see the intersection of Red River and Cesar Chavez St (formerly and appropriately known as Water St, historical map). It’s striking to see a large house on the southeast corner where we now have a surface parking lot. It appears that gas cost $0.12 per gallon. And, what is the sign on the shed towards the right? Crazy.
You can see a BBQ joint on the left, but it doesn’t seem to be located where Iron Works BBQ is today. The structure in the photo looks like it is west of Waller Creek …interesting.
From the Weigl’s website… “Fortunat quickly filled the hole and the Weigl’ operation found a new home in 1935. Shortly after their opening, disaster struck. On June 5, 1935, one of the worst floods Austin has ever seen raged throughout the city. After the waters receded, the Weigls were forced to cut out pieces of floorboard to scrape massive amounts of mud into the basement.”
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There’s a kid on a fixie…even way back then. And we thought it was just a fad.
Jude Galligan says
ha, good eye!
Taylor received over 30 inches of rain in one day that year, wiping out hundreds of homes and killing dozens on it’s south side along Mustang Creek.