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Rocket Lounge, Ben Blackledge, Mayor for 27 years

Description: Photograph of Ben Blackledge, the mayor of Kemah, Texas for 27 years, and the interior of Rocket Lounge. Three men sit on stools at the bar counter, and a man stands behind the bar. Cigars and beer are vended behind the bar, and several tables, chairs, and booths are placed throughout the lounge. A table shuffleboard is also visible.
Date: unknown
Partner: Kemah Historical Society

Rocket Lounge

Description: Photograph of four unidentified people and the interior of Rocket Lounge of Kemah, Texas. A smiling man stands behind the bar counter, and a man faces the rear of the lounge with a cigar in his hand. In the background, a man with a hat plays a bowling arcade game. Another unidentified person sits at a table with two pitchers and an ash tray. Several stools are places in front of the bar counter, and tables and chairs are placed throughout the rest of the room. Restrooms and jukeboxes are also visible in the background.
Date: unknown
Partner: Kemah Historical Society

Sportsman's Restaurant

Description: Photograph of Sportsman's Restaurant in Kemah, Texas. Water has risen to the door of the one-story brick building. A sign advertising "Fine Foods" is affixed above the entrance. An American flag is visible in the background.
Date: unknown
Partner: Kemah Historical Society

Joe Lee's Restaurant

Description: Photograph of Joe Lee's Seafood Restaurant in Kemah, Texas. The restaurant is on stilts, and the sign above the restaurant shows signs of damage. Several buildings in the background also show signs of damage. The ground beneath the restaurant is covered by shallow brown water and debris. A boat is also partially visible in the background.
Date: unknown
Partner: Kemah Historical Society

Sylvia D Lounge

Description: Photograph of the Sylvia D Lounge. A covered walkway leads to the entrance of the two-story wooden building. A few lawn chairs, and two tables are located around a swimming pool in front of the lounge. Some cars are parked in the parking lot next to the lounge, and other businesses are partially visible in the background.
Date: unknown
Partner: Kemah Historical Society

Texas Ave

Description: Photograph of a portion of the business area in Kemah, Texas along Clear Creek during a typical high tide. Water from Clear Creek has filled several parking lots and has crossed the street in areas. Several cars are parked at various businesses. A motel, seafood restaurant, tire shop, grocery store, and auto parts store are pictured.
Date: April 20, 1973
Creator: Clear Lake Photography
Partner: Kemah Historical Society

Texas Ave at high tide

Description: Photograph of a portion of the business area in Kemah, Texas along Clear Creek during a typical high tide. Several cars are parked in the lot of a lounge and pharmacy on Texas Ave. The water from Clear Creek has filled the parking lot and has reached the street.
Date: April 20, 1973
Creator: Clear Lake Photography
Partner: Kemah Historical Society

[Madison Gas Station/Store - 109 South Main Street]

Description: Photograph of a brick one story building with red painted letters, some of which read Radiator and Service, and a porte-cochère, under which a car is parked. A metal fence with gate and sign reading Please No Parking in the Drive Way encloses an overgrown grass area and rusted structure next to the building. The concrete / gravel driveway is in poor repair with large potholes and puddles.
Date: 1976
Partner: Val Verde County Historical Commission

[Railroad House - 114 East Martin Street]

Description: Photograph of a one story building with a partially covered driveway and a covered front porch including brick details above the doors and windows. A car is parked under the covered driveway, and the front yard has a small circular border around a small plant, front walkway from the street to the front doors, and lush plants and tall vase / planter obscuring the front porch.
Date: 1976
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Partner: Val Verde County Historical Commission

[Railroad House - 112 East Martin Street]

Description: Photograph of one story building with a covered porch, maroon trim, two separate front doors, and brick details along the wall above the windows and doors. The front yard is well kept with flowers lining the front walk way and a tiny white fence bordering the lush garden space along the front porch.
Date: 1976
Partner: Val Verde County Historical Commission

[Dietert Home - 208 East Martin Street]

Description: Photograph of a one story building including a bay window addition with brick detail on the corners and a covered porch with a large plywood sheet against the wall and fabric draped on the banister. A blue car is parked in front of the porch, and a two story house is partially visible behind the home. The foreground shows a tree, utility pole, and concrete slab with curb in the yard next to the street curb.
Date: 1976
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Partner: Val Verde County Historical Commission

[Railroad Rooms - 109 West Martin Street]

Description: Photograph of an adobe one story building in very poor repair, with three peaks in the roof with circular vents on the front wall. The front wall is stained two colors, materials are torn up from the base of the wall, and the wall bears the remains of a roof over the concrete slab covered with construction materials (used to be a front porch). A car is parked on the lawn parallel to the front of the house by the front walkway. A concrete entry for a driveway is visible along the sidewalk between a utility pole and a sign reading No Parking - Drive Way.
Date: 1976
Partner: Val Verde County Historical Commission

[Commercial Building - 119 West Martin Street]

Description: Photographs of a large warehouse building with a windowed storefront and a stepped roof-line. A barbed wire topped chain link fence encloses a large concrete space next to the building including street lights and miscellaneous equipment and supplies under an awning along the building. The left photograph shows the storefront and a car parked along the street. The right photograph shows a two door garage at the back of the building a shopping cart and miscellaneous materials next to a tree at the corner of the fence, and another car parked along the street.
Date: 1976
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Partner: Val Verde County Historical Commission

[Charles Miller home - 112 West Martin Street]

Description: Photographs of a wood and rock house with an addition, in process or blue screened-in porch, and a metal chainlink fence and bushes separate the property from the sidewalk. The left photograph shows the front entrance and left side of the house as viewed from an angle across the street. The right photograph is a closer image of the part of the house to the right of the front door, including front walkway, and is taken from directly across the street.
Date: 1976
Partner: Val Verde County Historical Commission

[Taylor Duke Commercial Building - Main Street]

Description: Photograph of a stand alone building with windowed storefront on two sides of the building, suspended awning on the street side, and painted letters reading Taylor Duke. A partial view of a car, utility pole, and a parking meter are along the street in front of the building. A parked car and two small trees growing in a median are in the parking lot along the side of the building.
Date: 1976
Partner: Val Verde County Historical Commission

[Old Federal Building - Corner of Main and Broadway]

Description: Photograph of a Italian Renaissance styled three story building with stairs, flanked by globe light poles, leading up to the entrances on either side of the building, medallion on the second story facade, small balconies around each second story building, a flag pole and antenna atop the building. Trees are growing on the street corner by the street light, fire hydrant, and hanging traffic light.
Date: 1976
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Partner: Val Verde County Historical Commission

[Marcy Martin - Main Street]

Description: Photograph of a corner building with brick column and wall base details, a windowed storefront with hanging sign reading Cowboy Outfitter, suspended awning. A car is parked at a meter in front of a partially visible painted mural along the side of the building: image of a cowboy on a bucking bronco and reading Pross? World Champion? A potted plant, two utility poles, and a street sign for Broadway and S Main St are on the street corner with a red curb.
Date: 1976
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Partner: Val Verde County Historical Commission

[F. C. Blaine Home - Broadway Street]

Description: A photograph of a building with a raised and covered porch enclosed with columns and a banister wraps around the visible parts of the building. A short stairwell with metal handrails leads from the yard to the front door; The wall under the front porch has a few decorative vents.
Date: 1976
Partner: Val Verde County Historical Commission

[Duke Home - 108 East Broadway]

Description: Photograph of a two story, peaked roof building with a screened in porch, bay windows, and an appliance extending from the street side of the building. Another one story building with a partially visible sign (City of) and a small windmill is to the right of the building. Partial parked cars are visible to either side of the photograph.
Date: 1976
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Partner: Val Verde County Historical Commission