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Amarillo, Texas: 1943

Amarillo, Texas: 1943

View of Amarillo, Texas, taken on Santa Fe R.R. trip in March 1943. South Tyler at SW 10th Avenue. View full size. Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

10th and Tyler

The Texaco station was a large drive-through type operation, with tire sales at the back, office to the right, and fuel sales out of the Texas sun. A similar building is found on the right side of the picture along 10th street there. The smaller station building that has "Rudy Bauman" painted on it stood for years, then became a Mexican food restaurant, then was vacant for a long time. I think part of that building is still there, the domed area. There was a scandal around that restaurant when "weird" bones were discovered in its trash, and the local cat population was for some reason reduced. . . .

The blonde brick building with the curved roof is now ABC Blueprint. They have everything for surveying and blueprinting, including one of the last transit repair shops anywhere. Lots of cool stuff in there when I was younger, and still today.

The house is gone, replaced by parking. The building that says "Franks" is there, now has Mayes Investments in it. The building on the corner is now Blackstone Chinese and Thai Restaurant. Used to be good, but now its just a fast all you can eat lunch buffet.

Note the "new fangled" parking meters - an import from Oklahoma City! Those crazy Okies always find a way to finance their cities on the backs of those least able to afford it! Parking meters in downtown areas are one of the things that helped drive businesses out of downtown areas into the suburbs - why pay to park when you could park for free and go into a newer store too boot? Oh well.

The red brick streets are still in Amarillo in many places. They are now rough and could use some work, but they long outlive their asphalt replacements. Not everything modern is better!

The Music building now has a thrift store on ground level. The whole area is pretty sad nowadays.

Buildings that are still there...

As of the latest round of Google Maps satellite photos:

The Academy of Art & Music building, the "...r-a-way" building, and the building housing Frank's (but not the attached house in the rear) are all still there. The large gymnasium(?) building in the foreground looks to be there still, too.

The building at the left edge that goes with the Texaco sign is the same building in the foreground of this photo ("Firestone" sign showing in the other photo), and it is still standing.

In the upper right center of the photo the domed "Rudy Bauman" building as well as the one in front of it (perpendicular to the street) are both still there. Across the street from those is building housing an old-fashioned service station/mechanic (from the look of it; see the car under the canopy?) that still exists.

Most of the houses seem to have been torn down and replaced with parking lots or other buildings.

Amarillo

I live close to Amarillo. Things have certainly changed there.

Art

Boy, if I had a time machine I'd head straight for the Amarillo Academy of Music and Art. Music! Dancing! Expression! I can only imagine the wonderful cast of characters that must have gathered there.

Amarillo Street

That is Tyler St. and the road heading west (on the left side of the photo) is 10th located in downtown Amarillo. Do you have any more from Amarillo?

[Thanks for the info! Yes, there are more photos by Jack from Amarillo and we'll be posting them in the coming days. - Dave]

 
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