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[Barton Springs]
Photograph of Barton Springs.
[Barton Springs Bathhouse]
Photograph of the exterior view of the bathhouse at Barton Springs pool. A portion of the pool is visible in the foreground and two men stand on the steps looking at the water.
Barton Springs during the First World War
Photograph of men and women in bathing suits at Barton Springs during World War I.
Bartons in the Early Twenties
Photograph of two young women wearing bathing suits and swim caps in pool and a third woman laying on side of pool at Barton Springs. Other swimmers are visible in the background. There is a typed caption on the bottom margin of the photograph reading "Bartons in the Early twenties."
[Bathers at Barton Springs pool]
Photograph of a large group of bathers in and around the waters of Barton Springs pool. The diving platform is on the right bank.
[Bathers at Barton Springs Pool]
Photograph of bathers standing and splashing in Barton Springs wading pool near the waterfall.
[Bathers at Deep Eddy]
Photograph of Deep Eddy swimming pool looking northwest towards the dressing rooms. People swimming, others sitting on the edge of the pool. View from the deep end of the pool. Deep Eddy began as a natural swimming hole in the Colorado River and was expanded into a man-made swimming pool in 1915 by A.J. Eilers, Sr. Deep Eddy pool is the oldest swimming pool in Texas and is operated and maintained by the City of Austin.
Ben Hur Steamboat
Photograph of the Ben Hur steamboat from the Lake Navigation Company. The decks are full of people and hills are visible in the distance.
Bergstrom Air Force Base [aerial view]
Photograph of aerial view of Bergstrom Air Force Base. Fog obscures landscape behind the base. Runways and buildings on the base are visible as well as some roads surrounding the base. Bergstrom Air Force Base was activated during in 1942 as a troop carrier training airfield. During the Cold War, it served as a Strategic Air Command base. Later, it transferred to the Tactical Air Command and became a major base for the U.S. Air Force's RF-4C reconnaissance fighter fleet. At the time of its closure, it was assigned to the Air Combat Command (ACC). The airfield was then converted for civilian use, with Austin-Bergstrom International Airport beginning passenger flights in 1999.
[Beverly S. Sheffield at desk]
Photograph of Beverly Sheffield sitting at his desk. He holds a fountain pen above some papers. Sheffield wears a short-sleeved, button-up shirt and has glasses. A phone sits at his left elbow. His desk sits near a wall with two windows and a radiator. His name plate reads "B. S. Sheffield."
[Big Foot Wallace's Headstone at State Cemetery]
Photograph of the State Cemetery. Big Foot Wallace's headstone is in the foreground.
[Biggest Kite]
Photograph of Bryan Merrill, Hank Smith, and Lauren Clayton on a field flying Biggest Kite, presumably at the annual Kite Festival. Crowds are visible in the distance.
Birds Eye Map of Austin
Birds eye map of Austin showing downtown, the river, and the University of Texas main building.
[Bird's Eye View of Austin]
Photograph of a view of Austin as taken from a high vantage point.
[Bohn Brothers Department Store]
View of Bohn Brothers Department Store on Congress Avenue, in Austin. Several men and women are lined up on the sidewalk in front of the store, facing the camera. A boy holds a bicycle and a man is in a horse-drawn buggy. Citizens Bank & Trust Co. is to the left of the department store.
[Bouquet toss with bridesmaids and female guests at a wedding at the San Jose Community Center in the Montopolis neighborhood]
Photograph of a group of women, some with outstretched ars, waiting to catch the bouquet thrown by the bride at a wedding at the San Jose Community Center in the Montopolis neighborhood. Some women wear long flowered bridesmaid dresses, three women are dressed in white dresses of a similar design, one wedding guest wears a black jacket trimmed with faux fur, and another guest wears a black checked top and red checked pants. Two little boys stand to the right, looking on.
[Boy at Zilker Kite Festival]
Photograph of Henry Rodriguez flying a kite at Zilker kite field.
[Boy Standing in Waller Creek Flood Debris]
Photograph of a boy standing among debris of Waller Creek flood.
[Boy with Kite]
Photograph of a young boy with a kite. His kite has cartoon eyes, and he wears a striped shirt.
[Boys Holding Centennial Kite]
Photograph of two boys standing on a field holding a kite with the word "Centennial" on the tail of the kite. The boy on the right is Fred Werkenthin. Possibly taken as part of a centennial celebration of Austin becoming the capital of the Republic of Texas.
[Boys making model airplanes at the Pan American Recreation Center in Austin]
Photograph of a group of six Latino youth making balsa-wood airplanes from a Comet brand "Air-Age Educational Kit" at the Pan American Recreation Center (Pan American Community Center), 300 Comal Street, in Austin. The boys are working at two picnic tables placed end-to-end. Several other people, including a girl, two boys, a man and a woman, stand behind the table either observing or assisting. There is a Mexican tourism poster featuring a woman, with her hair in braids, holding a basket of fruit on the wall behind one of the tables.
[Boys' woodworking class at John T. Allan Junior High School]
Photograph of a boys' woodworking class at the Old Red Campus building of the John T. Allan Junior High School, formerly Stephen F. Austin High School. The room is crowded with work stations, where the boys are engaged in making various projects such as wooden stools and picture frames. The rounded masonry wall has arched windows, covered by translucent roller shades for indirect light. There are frames mounted between the windows displaying various tools and examples of metal work. The exposed wood truss ceiling has several belts and pulleys mounted on it. Examples of finished wooden stools stand on a wooden file case to the left in the photograph. Pictured are: Rufus Watterson, Malcolm Williams, Willie Earnest, Durwell Johnson, Sid Colquitt, Vincent Murray, Windom Burke, Louis Blenderman, Ernest Von Rosenberg, Harry Hafer, Henry Murray, Homer Wedig, ____ Yates, Francis Patton, Henry Paggi, ____ Brady. The teacher is Mr. N. S. Hunsdon. The building was completed in 1900 from the plans of Burt McDonald and James Reily. It was used as Austin High School until 1925, when it became the John T. Allan Junior High School. Classes were held here until 1956, when the school was destroyed by fire. A State of Texas Subject Marker was placed on the site in 1981 by the Texas Historical Commission.
[Brackenridge Elementary School]
Photograph of Brackenridge Elementary School, located at 319 West Elizabeth Street, a segregated school for Negro children. The building was a one story wooden structure with board and batten exterior walls, 6/6 wood windows, and a plain, square-columned porch entrance. The wooden doors are topped by transom windows. This school for colored children was first listed in the 1909-1910 Austin City Directory, and a school by that name was operating as late as 1965.
Brick laying crew, West Sixth Street, looking West
Photograph of the railroad crew laying bricks around rail lines on West 6th street looking west. Trolly and telegraph wires cross heavily overhead. A large sign on a building behind the crew reads "Phoenix Saloon / Ice Cold Lager Beer / Wines Liquor." A penciled caption in the lower left reads "Some Texas / sunshine."
[Bridesmaid and groomsman at wedding reception at the San Jose Community Center, about to kiss]
Photograph of a Hispanic bridesmaid and groomsman at a wedding at the San Jose Community Center in Montopolis. The couple is seated at a table, apparently about to kiss. The bridesmaid is wearing a flowered dress. The groomsman is wearing a tuxedo with a ruffled shirt and a boutonniere tied with a pink ribbon on his lapel. A woman's hand rests on his right forearm at the left of the photograph. A longneck beer bottle and paper cup sit on the table in front of the couple.
[Bridesmaids, groomsman, and other wedding guests seated at wedding reception at the San Jose Community Center in the Montopolis neighborhood]
Photograph of three bridesmaids wearing flowered dresses and short veils and a groomsman with shoulder-length hair, a moustache, and wearing a black tuxedo with a ruffled shirt, along with other wedding guests seated at wedding reception at the San Jose Community Center in the Montopolis neighborhood of Austin. They sit with other wedding guests around a long, rectangular table. Several disposible paper cups sit on the tablecloth.
Bridge Across Barton Creek just above the pool
Photograph of a view of a bridge across Barton Creek just above the pool in Zilker Park. Some people sit on the edge of the bridge and one person is down below in the creek bed.
[Bridge over Barton Creek]
Photograph of a bridge over Barton Creek.
Bridge over Barton Creek
Photograph of a group of people stand on and below a stone bridge, built by Swiss engineer and former Confederate colonel Getulius Kellersberger (1820-1900), at Barton Creek. Kellersberger, along with Arnold Kellersberger (July 30 1883-June 19 1972) and Alma Shudde Kellersberger (March 6 1888-October 2 1976), are pictured but not identified.
[Brigadoon performance at the Zilker Hillside Theater]
Photograph of the cast of actors performing Brigadoon as the summer drama at the Zilker Hillside Theater in Austin.
Broken Spoke
Photograph of the exterior of the Broken Spoke located at 3201 South Lamar Boulevard. Neon signs in the shape of wagon wheels and with the name are above the porch. American flags are draped on each end of the building.
[Bryker Woods Elementary School Classroom]
Photograph of a room, possibly a library or study room, at Bryker Woods Elementary School, located at 3309 Kerbey Lane. Several large tables are in the foreground, bookshelves are along the back wall, and a chalkboard is on the wall on the right side.
[Building at Austin Memorial Park Cemetery]
Photograph of the exterior of a building at the Austin Memorial Park Cemetery.
[Buildings on Congress Avenue]
Photograph of a view looking south down Congress Avenue. Among the buildings lining the street are he Austin American and the Von Boeckmann Jones Company.
[Bullock's Hotel]
Photograph of the Bullock's Hotel on the corner of Congress Avenue and 6th Street.
[L.C. Anderson High School class of 1960]
Photograph of Anderson High School graduating class of 1960. The school was originally named E. H. Anderson and later renamed L. C. Anderson. The school, located at 900 Thompson Street, was Austin's all-black high school for many years until students were integrated following desegregation.
[L.C. Anderson High School closing boycott]
Photograph of students boycotting the closing of L.C. Anderson High School. The school was ordered closed in 1971 by a federal judge as part of desegregation. African-American students and parents sit on sidewalks and cars to protest the closing. The school, located at 900 Thompson Street, was originally named E.H. Anderson, and later renamed L.C. Anderson after one of its longest-serving principals. In 1973, a new, integrated L.C. Anderson High School reopened at its current location at 8403 Mesa Drive.
[L.C. Anderson High School football field]
Photograph of the L.C. Anderson High School football field. Workers are visible at the tops of each light pole on the far side of the field. The photograph was taken during the erection of the lights at the field.
[Cactus Pryor speaking at Hancock Recreation Center]
Photograph of Cactus Pryor, legendary Austin radio/tv personality and author, who was the featured speaker at the Hancock Recreation Center and Golf Course's Centennial Luncheon, September 1999.
[Calbraith P. Rodgers landing plane]
Photograph of a crowd gathered around Calbraith P. Rodgers when he crash landed his plane at Ridgetop. He was flying from Sheepshead Bay, New York to Pasadena, California.
Camp Mabry
Photograph of a building at Camp Mabry with cars and trucks parked outside.
[Camp Mabry Gate]
Photograph of front gate of Camp Mabry. Cars are parked along the fence and horse-drawn wagons are visible behind the fence. Men in uniform stand near the cars.
[Capitol Building Burning]
Photograph of the Capitol building on fire, with smoke emanating from the top floor and roof of the building. Onlookers are gathered in the street; also visible are horse-drawn fire engines.
[Capitol Construction]
Photograph of a close up view of the construction of the Capitol building. A man stands on top of a high wall while a few other men on scaffolding guide a pillar, attached to a crane, into place.
[Capitol Construction]
Photograph of construction of the state capitol building. The main building is mostly complete while construction of the dome is just beginning.
[Capitol Cornerstone Dedication]
Photograph of a crowd of people gathered for the cornerstone dedication during the construction of the state Capitol. Some onlookers can be seen sitting and standing on top of the derricks used for the construction.
Capitol Grounds - Austin, Texas
Photograph of the Capitol Grounds in Austin, Texas. The photograph is on the front of a postcard written to Joe Harrell in Kingsland, Texas from Bob. The correspondene on the postcard reads, "It is he_ _ to have to go back to work after having such a fun easy time. Regards to All. Bob."
Capitol under construction
Photograph of the Texas state capitol building under construction. Several cranes are erected. Two small buildings in the foreground are offices for the contractors.
Cars in Traffic
Photograph of cars stuck in traffic by Brackenridge Hospital, waiting to turn right at a yield sign onto 15th Street.
Carver Branch Library
Photograph of a man wearing glasses is looking at a book whlie sitting at a table inside the Carver Branch Library. It is a wide view of the room and there are a couple of children checking out books in the background.