Reflections Along Clay Street Downtown

It’s a sunny day drive along Clay Street and past the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Downtown Houston. Antioch celebrates 150 years in Houston in February 2016. Three Allen Center building is reflected in the glass windows of the building at 1400 Smith Street, with the 1600 Smith Street building rising up behind the church.


“Amidst the skyscrapers of Houston, Antioch Missionary Baptist Church continues to serve the needs of her people and community, proudly proclaiming the message: Jesus Saves.”



Galveston’s Hot & Sunny this Weekend !

Time to get away – It’s the weekend, time for some sun, surf and fun ! Check the weather on Seawall Blvd. right now.  Enjoy the weekend !

WeatherUnderGround-Seawall.b.t.214x79Historic Pleasure Pier at 2501 Seawall Blvd
25th & Seawall Blvd


Galveston Island’s Historic Pleasure Pier Map [LINK]

Featuring waterfront fun and entertainment like no other Gulf Coast destination, the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier features family-oriented attractions including rides, midway games, a wide selection of food venues and retail shops.

Stay at the Hotel Galvez at  2024 Seawall Blvd – Between 19th & Moody Ave.

For more than 100 years, Hotel Galvez & Spa has been pleasing guests from around the world with elegant décor, luxurious service, scenic Gulf Coast event space, and a majestic location across from the water.


San Luis Resort  & Spa at  522 Seawall Blvd.

Discover unparalleled luxury at The San Luis Resort, Spa & Conference Center, a 32-acre, year-round beachfront hotel and spa resort property on beautiful Galveston Island, Texas


The Corner of 1600 Smith St. Building

Westside-Bldg-Windows-b.t.ct.373x600The postmodern-style building at 1600 Smith Street is a 732-foot office tower in Downtown Houston and is the 8th tallest building in Houston. The building houses offices of United Airlines, and it was Continental’s headquarters prior to its merger with United Airlines.Chevron Corp occupies almost 30% of the office tower.



Flying-Flags-on-Fourth-ct.b.t.400x355Ron Paul’s Independence Day Message on July 4 2014

      Remember: The Declaration of Independence served notice to a tyrannical king that the “the good people of these colonies . . . declare” their right to be “FREE AND INDEPENDENT STATES.”

      The colonists had had enough authoritarian government and were not going to put up with it any longer. The crucial question that we must ask ourselves is: what would the Founders think of what we tolerate from our government’s abuse of our liberties today?

      My bet is that, not only would they be shocked, but they would be ashamed as well. An argument can be made that liberty is in greater jeopardy today than it was in 1776. Hopefully soon we will have enough support to send a loud and clear message to Washington for establishing TRUE LIBERTY in our land.



Wharton, Texas & County Courthouse

Downtown view of Wharton, Texas

Downtown-Wharton_Texas-b.t.ct.780x490Wharton is a city in Wharton County, Texas, sixty miles southwest of Houston.  Population was 8,832 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Wharton County and is located on the Colorado River of Texas just south of U.S. Highway 59 . The area now known as Wharton was part of the Caney Run mail route established by the Republic of Texas in 1838. The community was named after two leaders in the struggle for Texas independence, brothers John and William Wharton. The plantation community was first settled in 1846 by some of Stephen F. Austin’s original colonists, and a post office was established in 1847. The first lieutenant governor of Texas, Albert Horton, was an early settler. Land for a courthouse named Monterey Square was given from the land grant of William Kincheloe, one of Stephen F. Austin’s Old 300 colonists who settled in this area in 1822.

Wharton County Courthouse


Rainy Day at Main & Preston

Another rainy day in Houston at Main Street & Preston. METRORail Red Line runs along Main in the Historic part of Downtown Houston. The tall building in background is the Hotel Icon originally built in 1911 as the Union National Bank Building, one of the state’s most prominent financial institutions at the time.

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Downtown Aquarium at 410 Bagby

The Downtown Aquarium is at  410 Bagby St. and  Memorial Drive on the west side of downtown on Buffalo Bayou. It’s very close to the Theater District, across from the Wortham Theater Center.

Downtown-Aquarium-Fish-b.ct“Downtown Aquarium is the product of redeveloping two downtown Houston landmarks – Fire Station No. 1 and the Central Waterworks Building. This magnificent six-acre entertainment and dining complex is a 500,000-gallon aquatic wonderland, home to over 200 species of aquatic life from around the globe. With a full-service restaurant, an upscale bar, a fully equipped ballroom, aquatic & geographic exhibits, shopping and a variety of amusements.”

Aquarium Exhibit Map .PDF



Downtown Street View on Smith at Bell

Downtown Houston street view on Smith Street at Bell – The circular skywalk ties together two similar buildings at 1500 Louisiana (formerly known as Enron II Tower, 600 feet tall) and 1400 Smith (formerly known as Enron Center North, 691 feet tall). Houston-DT-Smith-reflection.b.t-ctChevron Corp now owns and occupies both buildings and employees nearly 9,000 people in Houston. Chevron’s Houston operations include North America and international upstream, midstream (pipeline, natural gas, power generation), downstream (aviation, trading, retail marketing), and energy research and development.

HOUSTON’s Skyline District


Decorative Center Houston at 5120 Woodway

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“DCH has enjoyed over thirty years as the Southwest’s premiere design center. The Design Center offers interior designers, architects, facility managers, decorators,and dealers a one stop shopping experience.”



Downtown’s Market Square Clock Tower

The Louis & Anne Friedman Clock Tower, aka Market Square Clock Tower at 301 Travis is across the street from the Historic Market Square Park. The postmodern 65 foot tall clock tower is in the heart of Houston’s busy Historic District.

Downtown-Friedman-Clock-Tower.1.b.t-ctIt’s just a few blocks from Buffalo Bayou & Allen’s Landing, where Houston got it’s
start when brothers August Chapman Allen and John Kirby Allen from Madison County, NY stepped ashore in August 1836.

Historic-Market-Square-ParkMarket Square Park’s a fun place for an afternoon or evening adventure, with eats, drinks and music close by, and it’s dog-friendly with large and small dog-runs.