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Central Fire Station Living Room
Photograph of the living room of the central fire station located at 401 East 5th Street. A table and chairs is at center, and more chairs and a sofa circle the room.
Central Fire Station Southwest View
Photograph of a southwest view of the central fire station located at 401 East 5th Street.
[Chef Jean-Pierre]
Photograph of Chef Jean-Pierre standing with anoher man in a kitchen. He is placing food onto a plate.
Child takes a wild ride at Zilker Playscape
Photograph of a child sliding down a tube slide at Zilker Park. His hands are in the air while his mother leans over to support his exit. She carries a camera in her right hand.
[Children around USN sand sculpture at Sandcraft]
Photograph of a group of children around a sandbox with a sand sculpture of an anchor and the initials U.S.N. (United States Navy) imprinted over it at Sandcraft Park.
[Children at Barton Springs Pool]
Photograph of older children and young people splashing in the water and siting in the shallow waters of Barton Springs pool.
[Children playing at Wooldridge Park]
Photograph of children playing at Wooldridge Park. Wooldridge Park gazebo is in the center of the photograph.
[Children swimming at Rosewood Park]
Photograph of a group of African-American children swimming and splashing at the Rosewood Park for Negroes swimming pool. Extensive use of swimming pool and facilities demonstrates success of this recreation center.
[Children's washtub band at Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farm]
Photograph of a washtub band consisting of at least nine young adults performing in a barn at Pioneer Farms. They wear homemade t-shirts that read "I'm a Singing Spark." Instruments consist of: three guitars, guitarron, banjo, washtub bass, and at least one tambourine. In 1852, Frederick and Harriet B. Jourdan settled on the site near Walnut Creek with their children. In 1956, grandchildren Laura and Eugene Giles, donated the core of their grandparents' property to the Heritage Society of Austin, in order to preserve the pioneer experience. The site and its museum operated under the auspices of the Austin Natural Science Association and later by the Parks and Recreation Department of the city of Austin until it was transferred back to the Heritage Society of Austin in 2003. Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms operates multiple sites today. Pioneer Farms is a member of the American Association of Museums, the Association of Living History Farms and Museums, the American Association for State and Local History, the Texas Association of Museums and the Austin Museum Partnership.Pioneer Farms is a registered Austin Historic Landmark and a designated Heritage Tourism Destination Site. Our Pioneer School is community-education partner with the Austin Community College.
[Choir Singing at St. David's Episcopal Church]
Photograph of the choir singing and standing around the altar of St. David's Episcopal Church.
Christie's Seafood, Steaks and Cocktails
Photograph of a view of the rear of Christie's Restaurant from the water; a Christie's boat is docked on the water behind the restaurant. Christie's was located on Town Lake at 1st St in Austin.
[Circus Camels]
Photograph of circus camels on parade.
[City Council Swearing-In Ceremony]
Photograph of city council members being sworn into office. The members are standing in a gazebo that is decorated with red, white, and blue banners and American flags.
[City of Austin Auditorium]
Photograph of the City of Austin Auditorium taken from the north side of Town Lake after a snowfall.
[City of Austin Sanitation Division]
Photograph of the City of Austin Sanitation Division truck and workers collecting garbage.
[City of Austin Takes Municipal Golf Course Deed]
Photograph of Guiton Morgan, City Manager, (at left) accepting deed from John H. Tobin of Austin Lions Club. Tobin was club president 1919-1920. The city of Austin took over the Municipal Golf Course on April 1, 1937.
Clara Anderson
Portrait of Clara Anderson, sitting in a wooden chair on a porch. Anderson was previously enslaved.
Cleaning Barton Springs
Photograph of two donkeys pulling a man in a cart through the shallow water at Barton Springs pool. From the Walter Long Collection.
Club house at Municipal Golf Course [in snow]
Photograph of Austin Municipal Golf Course Club House entrance covered in snow. Wooden chairs and a bench sit on the concrete patio to the left of the double screen door entrance. Two large bushes flank the walkway. The municipal Golf Course, constructed originally by the Lions Club in 1928 at 2901 Enfield Road, has served its citizens since 1934 and has long been Austin's most popular course.
Club House at the Golf Course
Photograph of the Austin Municipal Golf Course club house and surrounding landscape. The municipal Golf Course, constructed originally by the Lions Club in 1928 at 2901 Enfield Road, has served its citizens since 1934 and has long been Austin's most popular course.
[Colorado Machine Shop]
Photograph of an industrial complex including Colorado Machine Shop and Lone Star Ice Works. On the dirt road in front of the buildings are men with horse-drawn wagons.
[Colorado River Flood]
Photograph of the Colorado River flood in June, 1935.
[Colorado River Flood]
Photograph of the 1935 Texas flood of the Colorado River. The photograph was taken of Congress Avenue from the south. The Capitol building can be seen in the background of the photograph.
[Colorado River Flood]
Photograph of an aerial view of the Colorado River in Austin during a flood. The Congress Avenue bridge and several blocks are submerged. A few buildings are seen sticking out above the water. A crowd is gathered at the south end of the bridge. The capitol is in the distance.
[Colorado River Flood]
Photograph of a house surrounded by floodwaters during a Colorado River flood. The capitol dome is visible in the distance.
[Commissioners Watching a Presentation]
Travis County Commissioners Richard Moya and Ann Richards and County Judge Mike Renfro seated together in a meeting room watching a presentation from an unidentified man in the foreground. The man appears to be holding a map or large document. Other spectators are off to the side.
[Confederate Home for Men group photo]
Large group portrait, including some Confederate veterans of the U.S. Civil War, in front of the Confederate Home For Men. A.W. Taber, superintendent, and wife Minnie Lee Taber, are in center forefront. The small child is Jean Sutherland.
[Congress Avenue]
Photograph of Congress Avenue taken from the south looking towards the Capitol Building.
[Congress Avenue]
Photograph of pre-1875 Congress Avenue taken from the southwest side of the avenue.
[Congress Avenue]
Photograph of pre-1875 Congress Avenue taken from the southwest looking towards the Capitol Building.
[Congress Avenue]
Photograph of a bustling Congress Avenue taken from the south looking towards the Capitol Builing. People are walking or riding on horse and carriage.
[Congress Avenue]
Photograph of Congress Avenue looking north. Cabaniss Hardware and Dewey Garage are visible at right, as well as cars and some advertisements painted on the buildings. The Capitol is visible in the distance. Streetcar rails are in the center of the road.
[Congress Avenue and the Capitol Building]
Photograph of Congress Avenue taken from the south looking towards the Capitol Building. Horse carriage tracks line the avenue. Patterson Wagon Yard is on the west side of the avenue.
[Congress Avenue Before 1875]
Photograph of a view looking down Congress Avenue, taken before 1875. There are builidngs and horse drawn buggies lining the street. The Capitol (1853-1881) building is in the background.
[Congress Avenue Flooded by Colorado River]
Photograph of Congress Avenue flooded by the Colorado River. Note on photo reads: "Looking northwest from So. Congress Sept. 28, 1936."
[Congress Avenue looking south from Capitol Building]
View of Congress Avenue, looking south from Capitol Building. Signs are visible for Maerki's Bakery and Hill & Hill Groceries.
[Congress Avenue with Capitol in snow]
Photograph of Congress Avenue covered in snow with a veiw of the capitol building. The street is slushy with dirty snow that hasn't been plowed, and cars parked along the side of the streets are covered in snow.
[Construction Model of the Municipal Airport]
Photograph of a construction model of the Austin Municipal Airport. The scene includes model cars, airplanes, airport and tarmac.
[Construction of 35th Street Mopac Overpass]
Photograph of an aerial view of the construction of the 35th Street/Mopac overpass.
[Construction of Capitol Dome]
Photograph of the unfinished Capitol dome. Scaffolding is in place and the stonework for the base of the dome is complete.
[Construction of] Municipal Golf Course tool house
Photograph of construction of the Austin Municipal Golf Course tool house, made of white bricks. Scaffolding circles the walls, and the support for the roof is visible. The municipal Golf Course, constructed originally by the Lions Club in 1928 at 2901 Enfield Road and then donated to the city in 1936, has served its citizens since 1934 and has long been Austin's most popular course.
[Construction of the Capitol Building]
Photograph of the Capitol building being constructed.
[Construction of the Capitol Building]
Photograph of the construction of the State Capitol Building, looking at the east side of the building. The base of the building is largely complete and scaffolding is in place to build the dome.
[Construction of the control tower at Mueller Municipal Airport in Austin, Texas]
Photograph of the aircraft control tower under construction at Mueller Municipal Airport. There is scaffolding around the concrete interior support structure, and board formwork is in place for pouring a flared level near the top of the tower. In front of the tower, the scalloped metal terminal roof is under construction, and there are several wooden construction shacks in foreground.
[Construction of the Municipal Golf Course tool house]
Photograph of construction workers work on building the tool house at the Austin Municipal Golf Course. A ladder leans on a scaffolding leading to the roof. The municipal Golf Course, constructed originally by the Lions Club in 1928 at 2901 Enfield Road and donated to the city in 1936, has served it's citizens since 1934 and has long been Austin's most popular course.
[Construction of the Rosewood Recreation Center, now Doris Miller Auditorium, in Rosewood Park]
Photograph of construction of the Negro Recreation Building in Rosewood Park. Three men stand on the back of a 1930s flat bed truck, as they use a crane mounted on the truck to lift half of a laminated wooden semi-circular arched truss into place. Two of the trusses are already completed in the background. The scaffolding used to support workers joining the trusses at their centers stands to the back of the truck. The trusses are joined by cross members, and the half truss erected to the left in the photograph is supported by a post, awaiting the other half of the truss. Two wooden saw horses and several stacks of bags of cement(?) are on the ground under and near the trusses. This photograph appeared in the 1944 Annual Report of the Austin Recreation Department, on page 48, labeled "New Gymnasium - Auditorium at Rosewood".
[Contractor's Office during Capitol Construction]
Photograph of the contractor's office and a group of men on Capitol grounds during construction. Painted on the front of the building is "Abner Taylor - Contractor." Abner Taylor is front and center and Gustave Wieke is 2nd from right. Other men are unidentified.
Convict Laborers Shaping Columns
Photograph of "Convict laborers shaping columns and loading flat cars near a Marble Falls,Texas quarry." The stones were used for construction of the Texas state Capitol building.
[Copy of Photograph of 1919 Texas State Capitol]
Copy of a photograph loaned by Mrs. Gill Paggi of the Texas State Capitol.
[Cotton Gin]
Photograph of a cotton gin near Austin. In front of the cotton gin are men with horse drawn carts full of cotton. There is another man standing near a cotton bale in the foreground.