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[Pan American Recreation Center Halloween]

Description: Photograph of three women and five children pose for a photo. One boy wears a Halloween mask he likely made himself. Another mischevious boy lands a kick to another boy's hip. The Pan American Recreation Center was opened in June 1942 as the first Latin American Recreation Center in Austin and run under the auspices of the Federated Latin American Club and directed by the Austin Recreation Department. The name "Pan American Recreation Center" was chosen by the executive committee during a center naming contest. On September 7, 1956, a new Pan American Recreation Center was formally dedicated at 2100 East 3rd Street, just west of the old location and where it currently exists today. The building adjoins Zavala School and was built at a cost of $155,261. The Hillside Theater was later built and completed in June 1958.
Date: October 31, 1950
Creator: Parks and Recreation Dept., City of Austin

[Municipal Golf Course tool shed]

Description: Photograph of the front of the Municipal Golf Course tool house with door open. Gravel. sand, and boards are visible on the right exterior under the windows of the tool house. The bottom rungs of a ladder are visible right inside the door of the tool house. Many tire tracks indicate how often the house is visited.
Date: July 14, 1939
Creator: Bureau of Identification Lab, Austin

[Rosewood Park swimming pool]

Description: Photograph of the empty swimming pool at Rosewood Park for Negroes. The photograph shows the shower in the middle left where swimmers can wash off grass and dirt before entering the pool. The diving board is visible behind the shower indicating this is a photo of the deep end of the pool. A lifeguard sits in the lifeguard chair at the far end of the pool. A swing set is partially visible behind the diving board and a some trees.
Date: May 19, 1936
Creator: Bureau of Identification Photographic Lab, Austin

Governor's Mansion, Austin, Texas

Description: Photograph of the Texas Governor's Mansion front elevation, showing concrete entry steps and Texas RTHL medallion over the front door. Two signs on the front lawn on either side of the steps read "Mansion Closed." The mansion was built by Abner Cook in 1855 and was continuously occupied since 1856. The occupant here in 1982 was Governor Bill Clements. The mansion was declared a Texas historical landmark in 1962 and a national historic landmark in 1970.
Date: 1982
Creator: Texas Highway Department

Austin, "The Friendly City"

Description: Photograph of the Texas State Capitol. The photograph appeared on the front of a card given out by the Austin Chamber of Commerce. The back of the card reads as follows, "This Card Certifies that Geo. A. Newgent representing A. J. Maloney Co is a member in good standing of the Austin Chamber of Commerce". The card is signed by the president and the manager of the Austin Chamber of Commerce and states that it will expire Dec. 31, 1949.
Date: 1949
Creator: Austin Chamber of Commerce

The New Capitol of Texas

Description: Photograph of an illustration depicting The New Capitol of Texas. There is a description of what the new Capitol will look like and images influential people, places and events line both sides of the illustration. Pictured clockwise from top left to right is David Crockett, Gen. Sam Houston, Mirabeau B. Lamar, Stephen F. Austin, Old Capitol, Houston, Storming of the Alamo, and David G. Burnet.
Date: unknown

[Seaholm Power Plant Intake Facility]

Description: Photograph of the lake side view of the Seaholm Power Plant Intake facility. The Art Deco concrete facility was designed by Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company and was built in two phases in 1950 and 1955 by Odom Construction Company. The facility operated as a power plant until 1989 and was finally decommissioned in 1996 by the city of Austin. The intake facility is located on the shores of Lady Bird Lake and the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail.
Date: December 1, 1950
Creator: City of Austin