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Sunday, March 13, 2022

A 1950s walkabout on Water Street in downtown Kerrville - eight photographs

Downtown Kerrville from Thompson Drive, near the
Kerrville State Hospital, around 1956. 
The Sid Peterson Memorial Hospital is on the left;
the Blue Bonnet Hotel is on the right.
Click on any image to enlarge.

In April, 1956, Kerr County celebrated its centennial with a county-wide party that included a giant parade, 1850s costumes, a musical drama, a beard-growing contest, and much more.
Starr Bryden, an area photographer, took lots of photographs of the downtown area, some of them intended as souvenirs of Kerrville during the centennial celebration.  These prints were included in a batch of photographs given to me by my friends Sandy and Jon Wolfmueller. I am thankful for their generosity in sharing these with all of us.

700 block of Water Street, looking toward Sidney Baker Street, around 1956

The Charles Schreiner Company, corner of Water and Earl Garrett,
around 1956.  Note the Kerrville Police Department automobile.

Sid Peterson Memorial Hospital, corner of Water and Sidney Baker,
around 1956.  Note the gas station on the ground floor.

The Weston Building, around 1956, on the corner of
Water and Earl Garrett streets.

The Blue Bonnet Hotel, corner of Water and Earl Garrett streets,
around 1956.  This photo was taken from the rooftop of the
Sid Peterson Memorial Hospital.

The 700 block of Water Street, as seen from the top of the 
Blue Bonnet Hotel, around 1956.

The 800 block of Water Street, around 1956, looking toward 
Earl Garrett Street.

I hope you enjoyed the 1950s walkabout!

Joe Herring Jr. is a Kerrville native who collects old photographs of Kerr County. If you had photographs you'd care to share with him, it would make him very happy.

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1 comment:

  1. That's the Kerrville of my youth!! Thanx for the look back in time!!


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