Showing posts with label business. Show all posts
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Sunday, January 6, 2019

Round Rock Stagecoach Inn now relocated.

On the date of January 2, 2019, the Round Rock Stagecoach Inn of Round Rock was successfully relocated to 750 Chisholm Trail in an effort of historic preservation by Round Rock Preservation as part of their Round Rock Preservation Project. The Inn has been relocated with no issues. Round Rock Preservation preserved this historic inn as part of the Restore Stagecoach Inn Community Project.

However only $25,000 dollars have been funded to this restoration effort. Round Rock Preservation asks for more donations to meet their $100,000 dollar goal. 100% of the funds donated will go to restore the Round Rock Stagecoach Inn. Round Rock Preservation depends on donations from individuals and businesses to raise funds to preserve significant important historic structures and sites within the City of Round Rock. The City now asks the public to fund the exterior and interior restoration of the RR Stagecoach Inn. The cost of the restoration is approximately $250,000.

Round Rock Stagecoach Inn was built in 1848. Round Rock Stagecoach Inn is better known as the Old Stagecoach Inn.

More information can be found at www.rrpreservation.org and www.roundrocktexas.gov/stagecoach-inn.

Former Boys & Girls Club in Saginaw, Michigan now abandoned.

A former Boys & Girls Club located in Saginaw, Michigan is now abandoned. For those who did not know, this former Boys & Girls Club was once home to a school called Nelle Haley Elementary School which was operated by Saginaw Public School District from 1971 to 2008. In 2010 the school district sold property to Boys & Girls Club.

What’s interesting is that Saginaw Public School District sold the property to the Boys & Girls Club only to have them abandon the place in 2012. The Boys & Girls Club used the building for only 2 short years before abandoning the place. It is unknown as to exactly the Boys & Girls Club abandoned this former school building.

The school is not spared from vandalism. In September 2012, a graffiti piece with the captions of “R.I.P Hood A” was spray painted near a window to the front entrance. Graffiti can be seen over parts of this former school particularly on the west end. The “R.I.P Hood A” graffiti piece is still visible at the front entrance to the school.

For now, the school sits abandoned again for the second time. Only time will tell if the building gets repurposed, demolished, or vandalized. Overgrown grass and vegetation have surrounded the building. So far no windows have been broken. No known alterations have been made to either its interior corridors or exterior corridors. The interior walls and exterior walls remain intact. Its interior corridors or exterior corridors have not been modified since the school closed in 2008.

This former Boys & Girls Club & Nelle Haley Elementary School are located at 3240 Livingston Street, Saginaw, Michigan, US 48601.

Daniel D. Riney Hall in River Rouge, Michigan is facing demolition.

Today as 2018, the Daniel D. Riney Hall now lays dilapidated and in ruins. There are several huge gaping holes in the roof that can be seen from aerial view. More than 25% of its roof is missing. So far nothing has been done to repair these holes. However the city of River Rouge is looking redevelopment opportunities for the property.

Demolition of Riney Hall and the former ice arena is a future project that is in the works. The demolition of Riney Hall and the former ice arena will cost about $500,000. (Ref: http://www.thenewsherald.com/news/river-rouge-infused-with-jobs-redevelopment-thanks-to-snyder-s/article_923c9886-da92-5421-b3b7-344697d1493d.html)

Daniel D. Riney Hall was once the former River Rouge Arena which was a former ice arena where hockey games were played. Both Daniel D. Riney Hall and River Rouge Arena are/were owned by the city of River Rouge. Interestingly enough, the site is currently apart of the R-1 zone which permits primarily single-family homes and crosses 3 parcel boundaries.

Daniel D. Riney Hall is located at 141 East Great Lakes Street, River Rouge, Michigan, US 48218.

Great Lakes Field batting cages in River Rouge, Michigan faces demolition.

The Great Lakes Field batting cages now face demolition. The City of River Rouge plans to revitalize Great Lakes Field by construction of new buildings and batting cages. Demolition of the batting cages is a future project that is in the works. So far nothing has been done. The city of River Rouge is looking redevelopment opportunities for the property.

Great Lakes Field batting cages are located at 131 East Great Lakes Street, River Rouge, Michigan, US 48218.

Monday, December 31, 2018

Warren Webster and Co. Building of Camden, New Jersey to be demolished.

The city of Camden, New Jersey had put up a demolition bid for the Warren Webster and Co. Building. The contract provides demolition for removal of one commercial building on 6/28/2018. All footings will be removed from final site gradings. Concrete slabs will be restored. (Ref: https://www.ci.camden.nj.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/ad-Bid-18-22-1601-and-1625-Federal-Street.pdf)

Bids will not be received after the time specified for the opening of the bids. Bids received after the hour appointed will be deemed invalid and returned unopened to the Bidder. Specifications may be obtained at the Office of the Purchasing Agent, Room 213, City Hall, 520 Market Street, Camden, New Jersey 08101. Any questions concerning this bid, please contact the City of Camden Purchasing Bureau at 856-757-7159 or fax questions to 856-541-9668.

Lead removal is no longer pending. A Phase I Environmental assessment has already been completed by Camden Redevelopment Agency under EPA funding.The Phase I Environmental assessment was performed in order to comply with All Appropriate Inquiry before the site can be sold to a developer for redevelopment. There are no current redevelopment activities. Contractors are not going to have difficulty removing the building.


The Warren Webster and Co. Building was constructed in 1888 entirely out of brick. Warren Webster and Co. occupied the building from 1888 to 1923. The building was sold to Felton-Sibley Paints in 1924. The site was also utilized by the Victor Talking Machine Company as a warehouse to store materials from the until 1935. Borden Chemical operated a facility there from 1967 to 1981.
(Ref: Philadelphia Inquirer, Page 42, Thursday, May 15, 1969)

The Warren Webster and Co. Building has been abandoned since 1981 when Borden Chemical shut down its operations. The property and building were destroyed by a fire in the mid-1980s and has remained vacant since then. (Ref: https://archive.epa.gov/epapages/newsroom_archive/newsreleases/73da070f4e96831185257720005b2c71.html)

The City of Camden acquired the property in February 1999. This building and its property was last owned by New Jersey Transit when they purchased the property from City of Camden in 2002. (Ref: http://njparcels.com/sales/0408_1184_5)

For now the Warren Webster and Co. Building sits abandoned and dilapidated in various states of ruin until a bidder purchases the bid.

The Warren Webster and Co. Building is located at 1625 Federal Street, Camden, New Jersey, US 08105.

Johnstone Station warehouse of Jersey City, New Jersey in preforeclosure.

A warehouse located on commercial property owned by Johnstone Station, LLC is now up in pre-foreclosure, according to foreclosure.com. Robert A del Vecchio is the trustee & attorney and Johnstone Station, LLC is the owner as December 2018. (Ref: https://jerseydigs.com/jersey-city-development-125-monitor-street-lawsuit/)

Mary Witkowski was the previous owner of this warehouse during its preforclosure. This property last sold for $2,000,000.00 on Thursday, May 31, 2007. Today the property sits boarded up and vacant. It is unknown if there have been any uses of this building made. 262 JOHNSTON AVE is Block 15801, Lot 50 in Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey. (Ref: http://njparcels.com/sales/0906_15801_50_B01)

This warehouse is located at 262 Johnston Avenue, Jersey City, New Jersey, US 07304.

Daniel D. Riney Hall in River Rouge, Michigan now in ruins and facing demolition.

Today as 2018, the Daniel D. Riney Hall now lays dilapidated and in ruins. There are several huge gaping holes in the roof that can be seen from aerial view. More than 25% of its roof is missing. So far nothing has been done to repair these holes. However the city of River Rouge is looking redevelopment opportunities for the property.

Demolition of Riney Hall and the former ice arena is a future project that is in the works. The demolition of Riney Hall and the former ice arena will cost about $500,000. (Ref: http://www.thenewsherald.com/news/river-rouge-infused-with-jobs-redevelopment-thanks-to-snyder-s/article_923c9886-da92-5421-b3b7-344697d1493d.html)

Daniel D. Riney Hall was one the former River Rouge Arena which was a former ice arena where hockey games were played. Both Daniel D. Riney Hall and River Rouge Arena are/were owned by the city of River Rouge. Interestingly enough, the site is currently apart of the R-1 zone which permits primarily single-family homes and crosses 3 parcel boundaries.

Daniel D. Riney Hall is located at 141 E. Great Lakes Street, River Rouge, Michigan, US 48218.

History behind King Academy of Inkster, Michigan explored.

Not much history is known about King Academy. However King Academy was one of the many abandoned schools in Inkster, Michigan. This new article will explore some history and will shed some light on this school.

King Academy served as a private school from 1997 to 2005. King Academy operated a charter school for students in Kindergarten through 6th grade. It was located next to the former Blanchette Junior High School aka Blanchette Middle School which Inkster Public Schools operated.


12 acres of land were acquired on Henry Ruff Road in 1990 by Pentecostal Temple Church of God in Christ. Inkster Christian Academy and Pentecostal Temple Day Care were its firsts tenant to own the property. This building was built as a $2.5 million educational facility. Construction was completed in 1991. (Ref: http://ptchurch.net/history/)

In 1996, Sister Karen Corner came up with a written proposal for a charter school. Her proposal was brought to Inkster Public Schools. Pentecostal Temple Church of God in Christ sold the building to King Academy for a charter school in 1997.

In 1997, Pastor King facilitated the award of a charter school from the Inkster Public Schools to operate King Academy. King Academy opened its doors in September 1997. 105 students attended during the 1997-1998 school year and 221 students during the 1998-1999 school year. The church has benefited greatly from this venture. (Ref: https://www.mackinac.org/2984)

King Academy provided multiple educational opportunities such as computer classes and summer programs. Its parental involvement was very high thanks to the parent-teacher cooperatives. King Academy attracted students from Inkster Public Schools. (Ref: http://ptchurch.net/history/)

King Academy served 154 students in grades Kindergarden through 6 in 2005. 2005 was the last year King Academy would operate under. 98% of the student body were black during that time, which was higher than the Michigan state average of 32%. King Academy closed in 2005. Declining enrollment is what led this particular charter school to close. Pentecostal Temple Church of God in Christ purchased King Academy in 2005. The sale was finalized in the year of 2006. (Ref: https://www.publicschoolreview.com/king-academy-profile)

Wayne-Westland Community Schools acquired the building from Pentecostal Temple Church of God in Christ in July 2013 after finding out the church was neglecting their maintenance duties. Most of the building was not up to code or city standards. When Wayne-Westland Community Schools received the building, it was already in very rough shape. The building deteriorated further due to the harsh winter climate every year.

Today King Academy is abandoned. Illegal dumping has taken place at this site promoting the City of Inkster to fine and penalize its current owners. Many of its windows are boarded up with plywood. However that has not kept away vandalism and theft. Pentecostal Temple Church of God in Christ no longer owns the building or its property. Today Wayne-Westland Community Schools owns the building and its property.

Neighbors complain the building is an eyesore and want it removed. Many neighbors complain that City of Inkster lets abandoned buildings stay around for too long such as this one and want it gone.


King Academy is located at 1615 Henry Ruff Road, Inkster, Michigan, US 48141.

Urban Renewal Coordinator's Office of Inkster, Michigan found abandoned.

Urban Renewal Coordinator's Office was established as an office building next to LeMoyne Park in 1960. The building was built under provisions of Urban Renewal Project No. Michigan R-21, Inkster, Michigan in May 17, 1960 as part of the Southwest Redevelopment Project. The office building opened in 1961. Land disposition documents and other related documents were held at the Urban Renewal Coordinator's Office.

The Urban Renewal Coordinator's Office was actually the Urban Renewal Department under another name. Allen Park Commission was housed at this location at one point.

At some point in 2010 is when the Urban Renewal Coordinator's Office was repurposed into an Inkster Police Department division. The police department relocated elsewhere leaving this building to become abandoned in 2011.

Today the site has overgrown vegetation covers the grounds. However most of its windows are still in tact and have not been broken from harsh weather ironically. Several doors remain locked. Neighbors complain the building is an eyesore and want it removed. Many neighbors complain that City of Inkster lets abandoned buildings stay around for too long such as this one. Neighbors want it gone.

Urban Renewal Coordinator's Office is located on 4310 Middlebelt Road, Inkster, Michigan, US 48141.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Donald Trump to sign hemp bill into law.

The Marijuana Times, High Times, and KiwiFarms.net report that the US Congress passed a bill to legalize hemp and President Donald Trump says he will sign the bill into law. The bill President Donald Trump will sign into law is called the 2018 Farm Bill. (Ref: https://kiwifarms.net/threads/u-s-congress-passes-bill-to-legalize-hemp-trump-says-he-will-sign-it-into-law.50895/)   

The 2018 Farm Bill includes a provision to legalize hemp throughout the entire country. This bill will allow farmers to grow it as any other agricultural commodities available once the bill takes effect. It will be the first time in decades that hemp will be finally legal after the bill is finalized. Hemp soon will become legalized. (Ref: https://themarijuanaherald.com/news/u-s-congress-passes-bill-to-legalize-hemp-trump-says-he-will-sign-it-into-law/)

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 34 states have passed some type of policy allowing hemp to be cultivated at the state level. States such as Arizona, Texas, Colorado, and North Dakota are considering legalizing hemp to help the industry.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Copper sediment samples found in Texas HHSC water supply.

On the date of 10/4/2018, an employee of Texas HHSC found copper sediment in the water coming from a water fountain. The copper sediment sample was recorded and documented on the date of 10/4/2018. Later that very day is when an employee taped the copper sediment sample on top of the water fountain. This was an attempt to warn and inform Texas HHSC employees along with contractors about copper in their water supply coming from a particular water fountain.

Copper sediment sample from 10/4/2018.
Copper sediment sample from 10/4/2018.


Sticky notes were posted on the water fountain with the captions of “Mmm… copper” and “Can we drink this or nah”. One sticky note has a humorous remark poking fun at this situation with a caption saying “Enjoy a glass of water. Have a copper more while you’re at it”.

Sticky notes with humorous remarks.
Sticky notes with humorous remarks.
Another sticky note with a humorous remark.
Another sticky note with a humorous remark.

The Texas HHSC has had some major plumbing issues over the years it’s been open. However this is not surprising considering there was a rat infestation which caused a $60,000 vermin infestation last year in 2017 at the Texas HHSC building. Sewer rats were found in water pipes causing damage. (Ref: https://www.texastribune.org/2017/11/29/texas-health-regulators-overrun-several-hundred-rats/)

Any exact plans as to how the removal of copper in the Texas HHSC water supply have not been confirmed or made public yet.


Copper sediment found in a water bottle.
Copper sediment found in a water bottle.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Mixerr Reviews to now include pictures into their news articles.

The Mixerr Reviews news blog will now include pictures into news articles posted online. This move was made after more storage space became available on the Google hard drives.

Michael Mixerr states, “We now include pictures in our news articles. If the captions do not show up, hover your cursor over the picture and text will appear. Blogger and blogspot seem to have issues with html formatting and the captions to the pictures do not show up for some reason. We apologize as we cannot do anything about this issue.”

(Ref: https://www.facebook.com/MixerrReviews/posts/1364705110339270)
(Ref: https://www.instagram.com/p/BraoEiDl4dP/)

Friday, December 14, 2018

Abandoned Fort Worth, Texas grocery store front roof missing.

A Fort Worth grocery store has its roof missing after a storm damaged it in 2016. The iron grid that held the ceiling is visible from aerial view and visible from public right of way from US Highway 287 (US 287). Ironically the walls still stand after the rainstorm. 0.65 acres of living space were destroyed. 

Today in 2018 almost nothing remains inside. The exact details as to how the rest of the roof went missing is unknown. The generators and pipes placed on the roof are ironically and weirdly enough still attached to the ceiling frame of the building.

The abandoned grocery store is located at 3520 East Berry Street, Fort Worth, Texas, US 76105.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

History of Vickery School in Fort Worth explored.

Today Vickery School is one of Fort Worth’s most endangered schools that have been neglected and nearly forgotten. Many residents of Fort Worth, Texas seems to remember the school. Many of those urban explorers interested in the activity of urban exploration have seemed a huge interest in this particular school. 

Vickery School has undergone many name changes over the years with names such as R. Vickery School, R. Vickery Elementary School, Richard Vickery School, and Richard Vickery School.


In 1909, Fort Worth Star-Telegram published a report on the educational facilities of Fort Worth of new schools that were going to be built including the new Vickery School and new ward schools of the time. The school was named for Mr. Richard Vickery. (Ref: Fort Worth Star-Telegram, June 29, 1909)

The land for the school was purchased from J.A. Lewis and his wife for $800 dollars on July 8, 1909. Construction for Vickery School began in September 1909. Mrs. W. J. Caruth Sr. and the Caruth family donated land to the Vickery School along 300 acres of land to the City of Fort Worth. (Ref: Plano Daily Star-Courier, Page 3, January 1, 1959)

R. Vickery School opened as a school for white students. 100% of the student population was all white as Fort Worth ISD designated Vickery School as a “white school”. The Glenwood neighborhood was nearly 98% white or caucasian.

R. Vickery School was built at a cost of $42,000 in 1910 and was designed by Waller, Shaw, & Field. R. Vickery School was built as a new twelve-room school on 1905 East Vickery Boulevard in Fort Worth, Texas. R. Vickery School served the Glenwood neighborhood. It was built after Fort Worth annexed Glenwood. The school opened in September 1910. (Ref: https://hometownbyhandlebar.com/?p=2288)

The building is two stories (three stories total) on a raised basement and constructed out of buff brick. The front of the building features three classrooms separated by two stairwells. Entrances are located at the stairwell bays. Both front entrances feature small flat-roofed porches. The school was influenced by the Classical Revival architecture. The basement has 4 half-basement rooms. (Ref: http://www.fortwortharchitecture.com/east/vickery.htm)


The campus was further enlarged in 1933 with the construction of 2 rooms, a cafeteria, and an auditorium. Wyatt Hedrick designed on a one story auditorium and a classroom wing to the school building in 1936 as a complimentary addition and completed in 1937. This wing housed additional classrooms. Vickery School then became Vickery Elementary School in 1937. Grades 1 through 8 were educated here.

As reported by El Paso Herald, On September 24, 1947, former principal Elmo R. Reeves of R. Vickery Schoo was set free from being charged on two counts of theft, after the Tarrant County grand jury yesterday failed to return an indictment against him. Complaints had charged him with taking $910.75 and $42.50 from funds donated by Mrs. R. Vickery as a memorial to her late husband, for whom the school was named. (Ref: El Paso Herald, Page 18, September 24, 1947)

Sometime during the mid-1960's is when a one-story metal building addition was constructed to the rear of the building.

R. Vickery Elementary School closed as a white school in May 1962. R. Vickery Elementary School would reopen as a black school in September 1963. By 1963, the student population was (Ref: https://www.geocaching.com/geocache/GC1EMHV_old-school-cache)


By 1983 during the 1983-1984 school year, the school building was underutilized and in need of physical renovation. The school also saw a decline in student population. The school closed in 1985. After Vickery School closed, students were rezoned to Van Zandt-Guinn Elementary School. (Ref: City of Fort Worth’s School Survey of 2002 to 2003)

Fort Worth Independent School District sold the property to Doyle Lee Fuller in 1985 after the school closed. Part of the Vickery School building was used as a night club called Club Frennadna’s. The brick on the basement and first floor were painted blue and white colors.

Club Frennadna’s shut down after TABC canceled their permit and license for alleged violations of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code in 2004. It was discovered that $1,700 dollars from a 1995 assessment went unpaid. The Administrative Law Judge (AWJ) recommended the permit and license be canceled.
(Ref: https://www.tabc.state.tx.us/laws/pfd_1999_2006/603890.pdf)

2007 is when Fuller Photo ID & Laminating Service took over a portion of the school building. ID’s were produced and processed inside of the building. Fuller Photo ID & Laminating Service shared the same space as Club Frennadna’s.

Vickery School has been sitting vacant and abandoned since then. Windows have been broken out due to vandalism. The interior has been exposed to elements of weather over the years. It has been reported that homeless people have been living behind the school.

By 2015, the site became a homeless camp. Police found skeletal remains behind Vickery Elementary School evicting more than 80 people using as a homeless camp. Homeless people had been living without permission. Reports of city workers cleaning up a wooded area where the when they found “full skeletal remains.” (Ref: https://dfw.cbslocal.com/2015/03/29/skeletal-remains-found-at-cleared-fort-worth-homeless-camp/)


Today Vickery School is no longer owned by Fort Worth ISD. Photo ID & Laminating Service now owns Vickery School.

The City of Fort Worth has put the school building on the Endangered List as reported by HISTORIC FORT WORTH, INC. and the City of Fort Worth. R. Vickery School is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. This historical building needs to be saved!


Vickery School is located at 1905 East Vickery Boulevard, Fort Worth, Texas, US 76104.

Traditional mill architecture visualized at Buttonwood Industrial in Bristol, Rhode Island rehashed.

The Buttonwood Industrial was originally a set of two mill buildings built in the 1920s known as Buttonwood Complex. Buttonwood Industrial was originally responsible for the production of rubber. Its Traditional mill architecture leaves very much to be appealing to the eye. Various sections of the mill are constructed with wooden frame structures. Some used iron structures.

Buttonwood Industrial is located at Buttonwood Street, Bristol, Rhode Island, US.

Monday, November 19, 2018

History behind Creedmoor Gin Company explained.

Creedmoor Gin Company was established in 1878 as Creedmoor Co-op Gin by W. R. Davis on 110 acres of land owned by L. B. Rector. Creedmoor Co-op Gin was located on FM 1625. Creedmoor Co-op Gin was a cotton gin that served the Creedmoor community. A. D. Dye was its investor responsible for capital stocks. The business started off as a small local operation and then expanded to serve Travis County.

Creedmoor Cotton Gin was destroyed by fire on December 9, 1897. 100 tons of cotton seed and 17 bales of cotton perished in the fire. E. I. Davis and T. H. Davis reported this news to the Austin Weekly Statesman. (Ref: Austin Weekly Statesman, Page 4, Thursday, December 9, 1897)

On January 30, 1899, 110 acres were deeded to L. B. Rector by W. J. Montgomery. According to Travis County Deed Records, the John Ash tract was part of the co-op gin. Several other acres were merged or absorbed onto the property. Part of the Creedmoor Gin Company property was on the Click land which was owned by Joseph Allen Click. Creedmoor Gin Company was also known as Creedmoor Co-op Gin and Creedmoor Gin Co


Creedmoor Gin Company was incorporated on the date of February 23, 1907 with $10,000 capital stock by W. R. Davis and A. D. Dye. Creedmoor Gin Company was incorporated as a domestic for-profit corporation. (Ref: Daily Bulletin of the Manufacturers Record, Volumes 17-18)

In the year of 1919, Creedmoor Gin Company was involved in a bankruptcy case. However the cotton gin continued operations. A. D. Dye became in charge of the cotton gin and company.
(Ref: American bankruptcy reports, Volume 43)
(Ref: The Southwestern Reporter, Volume 210)

A few bankruptcies hit the cotton gin and company hard during the 20th century which slowed down business, but did not ultimately hurt W. R. Davis and A. D. Dye. Over time, several of the original structures for the original Creedmoor Gin Company were demolished excluding the ones remaining  from the 1897 fire.

In 1961, Creedmoor Gin Company closed down and the land was sold to Fannie Hunt Montgomery. On the date of 10/30/1992, Fannie Hunt Montgomery transferred the property to Lindsay Lucy Montgomery on a business quit claim deed. Lindsay Lucy Montgomery sold the property to Village of Creedmoor (City of Creedmoor) on a warranty deed on the date of 12/27/1996. (Ref: Deed Records of Travis County, 12/27/1996)


Today the only remnant left of Creedmoor Gin Company itself is a 1 story hay barn building which is now surrounded by trees, grass, and other natural vegetation. Today Village of Creedmoor (City of Creedmoor) owns the property and land. Some of the property turned into the Creedmoor Community Center & City Hall on FM 1625.

The only other remnants left are 2 barn sheds left on the Click land which today is owned by Lee Allen Click. The 2 barns serve as hay barns and storage. One barn shed has completely collapsed into the ground from overtime neglect and rural decay. The Click land is now agricultural farm land where cattle are being raised.

Much of the land has already been cleared out by TXDOT due to the construction of the SH 45 toll road located horizontally south of the property.

Creedmoor Gin Company was located at 12513 FM 1625, Creedmoor, Texas, US 78610.

World Trade Building in Port Arthur, Texas sits vacant and abandoned after suffering extensive damage from Hurricane Harvey.

After suffering extensive damage from Hurricane Harvey, the World Trade Building located at 448 Austin Avenue in Port Arthur, Texas now sits vacant and abandoned with many glass window panels missing. As of November 2018, plywood has been used to cover entrances and fill in any front windows damage by the hurricane of last year.

The World Trade Building is located at 448 Austin Avenue, Port Arthur, Texas, US 77640.

History of the Federal Building in Port Arthur, Texas.

For those who didn’t know, the locally well known “Federal Building” in Port Arthur, Texas is better known as US Post Office and Federal Building. What happened to the “Federal Building” in Port Arthur, Texas? Nobody exactly knows why or how this US Post Office building became abandoned and let it decay overtime. This news article will explain the history of the “Federal Building” in Port Arthur, Texas.


US Post Office and Federal Building was built in 1900 by Tom & Sons to serve as a post office for the public and government. James K. Taylor served as the architect. Its property is a 5,271 square foot lot. The basement was finished a year later in 1901. The construction period was from 1900 to 1903. Construction for this building was completed in 1903. This building housed government offices at point.

Historical significance of “Federal Building” is its Classical Revival architectural style. The design and construction stand out in notability the most. Its Classical Revival architecture was highly praised by NRHP officials.

US Post Office and Federal Building was admitted to the National Register of Historic Places on May 12, 1986 as #86001099. (Ref: https://nationalregisterofhistoricplaces.com/tx/jefferson/state.html)

The “Federal Building” was abandoned in 1994. Reasons why are unknown. The post office moved to a new location across town into a newer “state of the art” building.

According to a news article from Port Arthur News dating back to 2002, property of the US Post Office and Federal Building was in violation of Chapter 10 of Code of Ordinance of the CITY OF PORT ARTHUR. Excess grass, weeds, and/or brush was found growing on said property. (Ref: Port Arthur News, Page 30, Sunday, November 10, 2002)


On the date of 6/21/2008, the building was listed for sale by its owner on Zillow.com for an amount of $659,000 dollars, but later removed the building from real estate listings on the date of 3/23/2011. To set the record straight, the owner removed the building from real estate listings and not the realtor. The property has listed for sale many times over the years.

(Ref: https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/500-Austin-Ave-Port-Arthur-TX-77640/2143939217_zpid/)
(Ref: https://www.loopnet.com/Property-Record/500-Austin-Avenue-Port-Arthur-TX-77640/JZH0xKi4w/Owner-Mortgage/)

On April 4, 2011 the property was put up for a minimum bid of $46,611.07 dollars in a NOTICE OF SALE listed inside The Examiner. On April 3, 2012, the property was listed yet again for bid inside The Examiner under “SHERIFF SALE April 3, 2002”. The minimum starting bid of $500 dollars and a current year value of $59,580. The property was sold to Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office later in 2012.

(Ref: The Examiner, Vol. 16, No. 6, April 21, 2011)
(Ref: The Examiner, Vol. 16, No. 52, March 15, 2012)

The property was resold to Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office again in 2013. In 2015, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office transferred and sold the property with all rights to a private owner. A private owner assumed full ownership and all rights of the property that year.

Today the building is now privately owned and still sits vacant & abandoned. No further use has been attempted or made.


The “Federal Building” aka US Post Office and Federal Building is located at 500 Austin Avenue, Port Arthur, Texas, US 77640. Its alternate address is 500 6th Street, Port Arthur, Texas, US 77640.

What happened to the Klan bookstore in Vidor, Texas?

Many wonder what had happened to Klan bookstore in Vidor, Texas. Many people state Vidor had a Klan bookstore on their main street. This news article will explain in detail what happened to the Klan bookstore in Vidor, Texas.

Vidor, Texas was the national headquarters for the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) along with Dallas, Texas, Pulaski, Tennessee, and a handful of other American cities which were home to several other klaverns.
A Klan bookstore welcomed shoppers on Main Street back when the Texas KKK (Texas Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and White Camellia Knights) was headquartered in Vidor. The Klan catered local functions at this bookstore for many years for the communities of Vidor and Beaumont. 



Vidor’s Klan bookstore opened first opened in the year of 1974 and was called & referred to as Knights of the Ku Klux Klan Bookstore. It was housed inside of a single story house that was built for a single family in 1948 owned by John Hardy. The single story house was a 1,152 square foot structure on 0.48 acres worth of land. Interiors and exteriors were constructed out of wood. Many modifications and alterations were made overtime. (Ref: Orange County Official Public Records, Volume 195, Page 699)

Prior to the structure becoming the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan Bookstore, it was a pharmacy. The building had been a burned-out pharmacy which had burned in a fire. The Vidor KKK and White Camellia Knights cleaned up the burned out pharmacy and converted it into a bookstore.

Steve Gibbs and John Hardy were the owners of the property. Ray Booker was the owner and operator of Knights of the Ku Klux Klan Bookstore. He was one of the two Grand Titans of Texas for Texas Knights of the Ku Klux Klan with Louis Beamer. Knights of the Ku Klux Klan Bookstore was an exclusive bookstore that only Ku Klux Klan members could browse or purchase from when it first opened. The general public was not permitted inside until 1976. (Ref: Patsy Sims, The Klan)


Vidor’s Klan bookstore opened to the public on June 5, 1976. This Klan bookstore was called the “Knights of the Ku Klux Klan Bookstore” and was located right next to City Hall. Only white customers were allowed. Knights of the Ku Klux Klan Bookstore was located at the address of 146 Main Street, Vidor, Texas. Its phone numbers were 409-749-7173, 409-769-7873, and 409-749-7873.
(Ref: Port Arthur News, Page 18, June 10, 1976)

It was advertised in Port Arthur News under the caption of “KNIGHTS OF THE KU KLUX KLAN Bookstore now open to the public”. (Ref: Port Arthur News, Page 26, June 5, 1976)

The building itself was painted white all around. Steps to the storefront were painted patriotic colors of red, white and blue. The building had a sign on top saying "Knights of the Ku Klux Klan Bookstore, 146 Main Street, Warehouse of Godly good!” (Ref: http://www.michaelcorcoran.net/archives/1688)

Inside the store was a booth that sold “nigger hunting” licenses for 50¢ cents. “KKK Kountry” and “Klan Kountry” signs were sold here for purchase. Books containing racist memorabilia and propaganda were sold at this bookstore. T-shirts for the price of $8 dollars were sold at a booth inside. A sign that warned “Nigger, don’t let the sun set on you in Vidor.” was placed inside the store. The Klan bookstore often had marketed racism towards blacks.

In 1978, the White Camellia Knights moved their Klan bookstore to Pasadena, Texas as a business move and after a series of legal maneuvers by the local District Attorney. There was more demand for Ku Klux Klan activity in Pasadena than there was in Vidor. Its interior was stripped of everything and its belongings moved with the Klan down to Pasadena. By 1979, the storefront had been sitting abandoned and vacant before being demolished.


John Hardy sold the property to Lillian McElroy in 1982. Lillian McElroy would own this property for 11 years. Water Necessities established their company on the property in 1982. She had the building demolished in 1985.

By 1987, the storefront was either demolished or moved. All that remained of the Klan bookstore structure were three red, white and blue steps that front the sidewalk. (Ref: http://www.michaelcorcoran.net/archives/1688)

On the date of 11/08/1993, Lillian McElroy sold the property to Larry Brewer. He was the grantee that purchased said property. (Ref: Orange County Official Public Records, Volume 924, Page 731)

A new house structure was hauled in by Larry Brewer in 2014 for his Vidor Realty Inc. real estate business. The steps were destroyed and leveled making the entrance more handicap accessible for those who are physically disabled.

Today Vidor Realty Inc. operates where the storefront of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan Bookstore was once located. Larry Brewer now owns the property.


Knights of the Ku Klux Klan Bookstore was located at 1020 North Main Street, Vidor, Texas, US 77662.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Parking lots for pet friendly hotel of Austin, Texas now in operation!

As of 2018, 2 mega-sized parking lots have now been built inside the property of Austin Bergstrom International Airport for a pet friendly hotel called Bark & Zoom. The 2 mega-sized parking lots are now in operation after much needed construction work.

Central parking in front of the main hotel building cannot accommodate the demand for need of pet friendly hotels in Austin, Texas. This resulted in the building of 5 acres worth of parking lots near the entrance of Austin Bergstrom International Airport. After many delays, their parking lots are now open for business. Bark & Zoom’s largest parking lot is located on Austin Bergstrom International Airport property.

What is interesting and unique for this pet friendly hotel is that the address for the Bark & Zoom parking lots located on the Austin Bergstrom International Airport property has an Austin address while Bark & Zoom has a Del Valle address.