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Old 11-18-2009, 05:29 AM
 
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When in the world anyone is going to renovate this street. It is a embarrassment to Randolph AFB
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Old 11-18-2009, 08:30 AM
 
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When in the world anyone is going to renovate this street. It is a embarrassment to Randolph AFB
What? And how is it an embarrassment to Randolph?

OK...you asked....useless trivia, coming your way. Before I-35 was built, before Randolph AFB was even thought about, before AUSTIN was made the Capital of Texas.......Austin Hwy and Randolph connected and was actually part of the "King's Trail" or El Camino Real...(not to be confused with the "Old Spanish Trail".) It traversed through New Braunfels, San Marcos settlements and branched off toward Bastrop and meandered all the way to Nacogdoches, Tx.

When Austin became the Capital, a main road was created between Austin and San Antonio....going from Austin, San Marcos, New Braunfels, Selma and connected to the El Camino Real on into San Antonio. That was renamed Austin Rd....then Austin Hwy. It came from downtown, zigzagged through the farms that became Ft Sam, up Harry Wurzbach on to Austin Hwy.

That "embarrassing stretch of Randolph Blvd used to be filled with little motor courts and hotels for tourists traveling to and from San Antonio. Some of them still remain from the early 1930's-40's.

When I-35 was constructed, Randolph Blvd became a shortcut to the AFB and no longer a widely used road. It's been like it is for about 50 years.....with the exception of new apartments, a few office parks, and housing developments.

Our county/city forefathers owe you an apology for not trailblazing neatly enough and pretty enough to not embarrass you when traveling on that little stretch of history.

I hope you can forgive them.


BTW- it's currently being widened and most likely, the remains of little dilapidated hotels and shanties will be razed one day. I doubt it will ever be anything more than an industrial area to add to the industrial parks in the vicinity.
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Old 11-18-2009, 08:37 AM
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Great info, wCat! That was awesome.
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Old 11-18-2009, 11:26 AM
 
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wCat will be my future baby's mama
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Old 11-20-2009, 05:38 AM
 
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In other words no one cares
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Old 11-20-2009, 11:21 AM
 
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When in the world anyone is going to renovate this street. It is a embarrassment to Randolph AFB
How is it an embarrassment to Randolph AFB? It's not even close to the base.

Why spend money upgrading a road that doesn't need it when there are so many other badly needed projects waiting on funding?
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