Thursday, July 28, 2011

Baytown, Texas

The Subdivision of Brownwood was a neighborhood built on a peninsula right on the Houston Ship Channel.  After being inundated with storm surge waters from Hurricane Carla in 1961, and then slowly sinking because of subsidence caused by groundwater pumping over the next few decades; the subdivision slowly became engulfed by the waters.

December, 1953

December, 1978

In 1983, Hurricane Alicia moved through and destroyed much of the neighborhood.

December, 1989

In 1991, the city decided to tear down remaining homes and turn the land into a wetland restoration project.  It is now a nature center where people can walk around at their leisure.  You can even still find old toys and artifacts belong to the people wo originally lived there.

March, 2011

You can find it yourself on Google Earth using these coords:    29°45'04.42"N   95°03'08.37"W

Check back next week to see a curious pyramid...

Also, joining my blog team will be my friend Phillip.  He spends as much time on Google Earth as I do.  His first post will show up on September 1st.

Further notes: Tropical Storm Don formed in the GOM yesterday and is headed my way.  The next blog will still post next week since it is already finished and scheduled to automatically upload.

1 comment:

  1. Lived in Brownwood in the 70's while working at US Steel Texas Works. Our landlord offered to sell the house to us at a VERY low price. We were considering it till one morning when high tide flooded the yard!