Old Photos Mashed with Modern Houston, Volume 5: Baytown

Welcome to the fifth installment of vintage photos mashed with its present-day locations. This time we leave our comfortable city of Houston, cross the Fred Hartman Bridge and venture into Baytown, Texas. Baytown was originally three separate towns: Goose Creek, Pelly and East Baytown. The three towns were consolidated in 1947 and officially became the city of Baytown on January 24, 1948. Three little towns equals a lot of worshiping. Many of the structures still stand today and all of the churches are still in operation, several of them just blocks from each other.

1. First Christian Church 201 N. Forrest Street. Shown here in 1952, it's still operating since it opened with the same name.

2. Westminster Presbyterian Church 7600 Bayway Drive. Shown here in 1968. Currently the Fountain of Faith Fellowship Church.

3. First Presbyterian Church 1715 Market Street. Shown here in 1968. The church was completed in 1948 and was dedicated January 2, 1949.

4. Trinity Episcopal Church 2701 W. Main. Erected in 1935. An additional building has been added since 1935 and is currently God With Us Church.

5. First Baptist Church in 1940 2728 Kentucky. The building was finished in 1940. It is currently Iglesia Bautista Bethel.

6. St. Joseph Catholic Church 1907 Carolina Street. Originally a wooden shack, this is the second incarnation of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, which was built in 1924, seen here and above in 1968.

7. St. Joseph Catholic Church School 1811 Carolina Street. Established in 1949. Currently St. Joseph Catholic Elementary. The cross on top of the building is missing. It is on the ground leaning against the building by the door.

8. Citizens of Texas Savings and Loan Association Bank Building 401 W. Texas Avenue. Seen here in 1968. Opened in 1960 and closed its doors in 1990. Last housed CAN! Cease Addiction Now!, a drug and alcohol rehab center.

9. San Jacinto Memorial Hospital 1101 Decker Drive. Seen here before it opened in 1948. It closed its doors in the early 2000s as San Jacinto Methodist Hospital.

10. Sterling Municipal Library Located on Mary Elizabeth Wilbanks Avenue, the library building was dedicated in 1963.

11. Here is another angle of the Sterling Municipal Library in 1968 Many thanks to the staff at Sterling Municipal Library for the photos used in this post.

12. Baytown's Big Oak Tree Located on Texas avenue and seen here in the 1930s, it is one of Baytown's oldest natural landmarks. Saved from the ax by Ross S. Sterling himself in 1919, when it was threatened by a new road. He proclaimed, "It required many years for nature to produce such a beautiful thing like that and we must save it." Price Pruett, who owned that land where the tree stood, made an agreement with the Harris County Commissioner that the tree would be allowed to stand until it died of natural causes.

Notable celebrity residents: Baytown is the birthplace of one of the first off-shore drilling locations as well as known celebrities such as Gary Busey, Bobby "I Fought the Law" Fuller, Renée Zellweger lived there until she was 9 years old. The creator of Wilson the Volleyball from Cast Away, William Broyles, Jr., was also raised in Baytown. Romany Malco moved there as a teen and graduated from Ross S. Sterling High School as did Jennifer Garner Affleck's father in 1956 and Country singer Chris Cagle in 1987. Chris has had many top 10 hits along with a number 1 hit single, "I Breathe In, I Breathe Out".

Previous Old Photos Mashed with Modern Houston:

Part 1: http://blogs.houstonpress.com/hairballs/2012/04/houston_postcards_past_present.php Part 2: http://blogs.houstonpress.com/hairballs/2012/05/old_new_photo_mashups_2.php Part 3: http://blogs.houstonpress.com/hairballs/2012/07/old_houston_photos_mashed_with.php Part 4: http://www.houstonpress.com/2012-09-27/news/houston-before-and-after-photos

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