Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Tuesday Then & Now: Lake Side Park

As I've written elsewhere on this blog,  I've been searching for the Lake Side Park, and found it on a 1924 Sanborn Map -- nestled between E and F streets in Kerrville.  I went there to see if it was a match, and snapped this photo.  I'm not sure the map was correct.  What do you think?
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Lakeside Park, Kerrville, around 1930.
Riverbank between E and F Streets, Kerrville, 2011
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  1. Rivers change course and water depth levels change with the seasons.

    I'm going out on a limb and say that the two photos are one and the same.

  2. The angles are slightly different, and the trees have grown... the river bank has retreated due to erosion. The rise of the land is very similar, and there are striking similarities between the spacing and angles of some of the trees.

    I'm betting that the 1930 flood that took out the buildings, and possibly the island that is on the Sanborn map (where the original picture was taken from it seems), altered the depth of the river as well. That is why there is no more park in that location. No reason for it with no lake left.

    I think they are the same place.

  3. There is a house at the end of "F" Street.

    Around and behind the house there is a great deal of land that once belonged to Lakeside Park. After the park was destroyed, the land was never used for any other purpose than a Victory Garden during the war.

    At one time, there was a gigantic garden behind the house. It was something to see.

    When food was hard to come by, many Kerrville residents ate food that was harvested from that garden.


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