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Old 06-30-2019, 07:40 PM   #1
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You’ve got some time on your hands driving through the “country”, decide to go a little out of your way to drive by a piece of ground you used to hunt back in the day to find an elementary school in the front hay meadow and houses where you’re feeder used to stand. Very strange feeling for me, cause this place used to be out in the sticks. But not anymore!
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Old 06-30-2019, 07:44 PM   #2
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You know you’re getting up there when you can say “ I remember when this was all fields “. My kids will go to a school that stands on land their great grandfather plowed with mules.


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Old 06-30-2019, 07:57 PM   #3
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Yep there is a WalMart where I used to run the creek and fish.
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Old 06-30-2019, 07:58 PM   #4
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Old 06-30-2019, 08:06 PM   #5
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Yep. Used to dove hunt in a field off Spurlock Rd in Nederland TX.. All subdivision now
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Old 06-30-2019, 08:11 PM   #6
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You know you’re getting up there when you can say “ I remember when this was all fields “. My kids will go to a school that stands on land their great grandfather plowed with mules.


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I was just driving and told my daughter a whole are at he size of a small city was all woods and not even roads.

You know you're old when the oldest Google Earth pics are 15-20 years newer than you remember (which is around 1990 btw)
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Old 06-30-2019, 08:13 PM   #7
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I hate developers. Buying my time till Alaska!
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Old 06-30-2019, 08:21 PM   #8
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I live about 6/7 miles from where I lived as a teenager. I didn’t plan it that way, it just happened. Sometimes when I drive the backroads I see where I used to roam as a kid, (didn’t know who owned it-didn’t care, and neither did they), and I see where farmers used to grow watermelons, corn, tomatoes, and the like. All covered in double wides or 30 year old houses now. Time marches on.....
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Old 06-30-2019, 08:28 PM   #9
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my mom has told me about how Northpark mall was built way out on the edge of town
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Old 06-30-2019, 08:43 PM   #10
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I remember the house I grew up in back in GA being HUGE on a big plot out in the country, shortly before I moved to TX my wife and I were looking at rentals and we ended up at this tiny little 3 bedroom, barely 1000sq feet on a postage stamp suburban lot.

The house seemed really familiar even though it was so small and when we got to the kitchen I realized that was the house I grew up in!!
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Old 06-30-2019, 08:44 PM   #11
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Remember when Tanger Outlet Mall on I-35 in San Marcos was in the middle of no where? Tons of woods driving to Austin and San Antonio. All one big city now!

View Google Earth 1995 to see. I bet the city lights view from space has changed a lot also.
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I killed many deer in Austin what is now South Park Meadows.
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Old 06-30-2019, 09:15 PM   #13
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Yep, when we moved to Lubbock in 1975, 82nd Street was a dirt road from Wolforth until you hit Indiana. Now it is homes and or business all the way out to Wolforth!


Heck, as a kid I use to dig for arrowheads along Bird Creek in Temple that was supposedly the sight of an Indian burial and battle called the Bird Creek Indian Battle. Now it is basically in the middle of Temple!
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Old 06-30-2019, 09:17 PM   #14
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Old 06-30-2019, 09:25 PM   #15
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I killed many deer in Austin what is now South Park Meadows.
I surveyed most of that...And that was a long time ago LOL
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Old 06-30-2019, 09:47 PM   #16
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This is the story of my whole hometown. I'm raising my kids in the same town that my grandparents raised my parents....same for my wife's side. However, it isn't nowhere near the same place. I remember being a kid and my dad telling me how much things had changed. Now I tell my kids the same thing, but to an even greater degree. I miss when all we had was Mayer's Grocery and Feed, Sassie's Burgers, Dairy Queen, Foster Food Mart, Bettis Exxon and Milam Gulf Station. There was four-way stop at Hwy 59 and FM1314 and the feeder road was 2-way. We had a volunteer fire department that had fish fries and BBQ lunches. The Pentacostal church had chicken-fried steak dinner every Thursday and would deliver. Spring and Summer was spent at the the ballpark and Porter and New Caney shared a junior high and high school. Everybody knew everybody. It was a great place to be a kid.
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Old 06-30-2019, 09:49 PM   #17
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No matter where you sleep tonight...wherever you call home... someone...sometime...hunted,fished or farmed on that spot.
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Old 06-30-2019, 10:02 PM   #18
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I killed many deer in Austin what is now South Park Meadows.
remember ruby ranch?
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Old 06-30-2019, 10:55 PM   #19
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I can't quit thinking about that place. Lots of memories. Me and my hunting buddy were getting all geared up for bow season. Lots of excitement, and I blow my right shoulder out (I'm right handed) 3 weeks before the opener. I went anyway just to be in camp and my buddy comes up with this bright idea to put down some hand corn on top of a little pressure ridge. Then we were both going to sit next to a live oak and see what happens when the sun comes up. Right at legal shooting light, maybe a hair before, a doe walks up. We only see her because she is silhouetted against the sky (ok, maybe a little earlier than shooting light than either of us would like to admit).


He's on my right. The doe came out on my left. My buddy is left handed. About a nano second goes by and I hear him whisper "duck". So I did. The arrow went right over me and nailed the doe. We walked back to camp, waited 20 minutes, and tracked her down. Dead as a door nail with a great double lung shot.


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Old 07-01-2019, 02:58 AM   #20
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I got to know this really, really, really old guy. One day we got to talking about where I built my house and he told me he used to poach...I mean hunt deer on my street.

Did I mention this guy was really old? I think he used the term whipper snapper in our conversation...
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Old 07-01-2019, 04:47 AM   #21
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This is the story of my whole hometown. I'm raising my kids in the same town that my grandparents raised my parents....same for my wife's side. However, it isn't nowhere near the same place. I remember being a kid and my dad telling me how much things had changed. Now I tell my kids the same thing, but to an even greater degree. I miss when all we had was Mayer's Grocery and Feed, Sassie's Burgers, Dairy Queen, Foster Food Mart, Bettis Exxon and Milam Gulf Station. There was four-way stop at Hwy 59 and FM1314 and the feeder road was 2-way. We had a volunteer fire department that had fish fries and BBQ lunches. The Pentacostal church had chicken-fried steak dinner every Thursday and would deliver. Spring and Summer was spent at the the ballpark and Porter and New Caney shared a junior high and high school. Everybody knew everybody. It was a great place to be a kid.
It has sure changed a lot in the 20 years since I graduated high school. The old kroger that is now Harbor Freight is where every party started.

The hood we live is where I killed my first few deer.

The 2 high school thing still kinda trips me out.
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Old 07-01-2019, 05:17 AM   #22
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I remember when Plano only had 2 gas stations, 1 grocery store and half the streets were dirt. The whole town was on the east side of 75. West side was nothing but farm land.
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Old 07-01-2019, 05:33 AM   #23
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Yep, the woods across from my folks' house in Keller on FM 1709 are now a plastic surgeon's office, an oral surgeon's office, gold course and big fancy houses. Was a horse ranch with lots of wooded area and a creek running through it. We had free run of the place. It was a great place to grow up. The place I used to dove hunt and fish some of the best stock tanks around is now a huge neighborhood. It was a good sized dairy farm. Funny, they named the neighborhood the same thing as the actual dairy farm that used to be in that spot "Crawford Farms", up in north Fort Worth/Keller. Mr. Crawford was the owner/operator of his dairy farm, but was also the counselor at the high school. I was friends with his youngest daughter. We were able to fish any time we wanted. Dove hunting was pretty solid around those stock tanks during dove season. Every time I drive by there, I remember and wonder if the folks that live in Crawford Farms even realize that it actually was "Crawford Farms." I'm told when he finally cut it loose, he sold that place for $11,000,000.00! Wouldn't surprise me at all, it was a good sized chunk of land in a prime spot.
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Old 07-01-2019, 05:43 AM   #24
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I killed my first buck in Helotes, Tx and now there is an apartment complex and pizza hut and other stuff sitting right where I celebrated the kill. I hate to look at it.
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Old 07-01-2019, 06:05 AM   #25
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My Grandfather who was born in Goliad County in 1903, and moved to Houston to get a job in 1917, use to quail hunt where Astroworld once was.
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Old 07-01-2019, 06:56 AM   #26
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It has sure changed a lot in the 20 years since I graduated high school. The old kroger that is now Harbor Freight is where every party started.

The hood we live is where I killed my first few deer.

The 2 high school thing still kinda trips me out.
Leander had one long school when I first started school here in 3rd grade. Elementary, Junior and High school were one block with Admin also. Football "stadium" (which was old wooden bleachers divided Junior and High)

Now we have 28 Elementaries and 5 HS's I lose count now..It's crazy
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Old 07-01-2019, 07:12 AM   #27
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No matter where you sleep tonight...wherever you call home... someone...sometime...hunted,fished or farmed on that spot.
No truer words.

When I was mad at the prairie ducks my dad and I would drive by houses and he would talk about hunting in that area. We'd drive further south and hunt. Now, I drive by those spots further south and tell my kid I used to hunt there.

1/2 million dollar homes on places between katy and Fulshear where we would slaughter birds from dove season to late goose. Even snipe a pig or two after hunts
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Old 07-01-2019, 07:36 AM   #28
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where I grew up and hunted is still about same mostly cotton corn maize rice soy beans and less natural pasture...a few more homes scattered...Used to be overun with Ducks geese doves quail rabbits cotton tail and jacks.. few cotton tails around and Jack Rabbits are gone ain't seen one in Years....As far as game mentioned above plenty doves a few quail..Waterfowl used to me like Millions now thousands...
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Old 07-01-2019, 07:52 AM   #29
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Why does everyone my age look so old?
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Old 07-01-2019, 08:06 AM   #30
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yep, time marches on!!! I used to hunt and fish where DFW Airport is now. And all around Grapevine Lake. I don't like it and they call it progress. I call it somethingelse.
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Old 07-01-2019, 08:18 AM   #31
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When I was a kid and the family would make the trek to Houston from Lufkin, I remember my dad commenting that once they get that 4-lane finished all the way, Houston will be just an after dinner drive!

I used to dove hunt a place just South of Humble where the Shell Houston open used to be held. Last year we got to hunt it, half my doves fell on the pavement to that new-fangled beltway...

I remember when Gallery Furniture was Gallery Model Home Furniture and it was in 2 old model homes and a bunch of tents at 6006 I-45 North... I remember when I-45 ended at Tidwell Road. It was under construction and I used to ride my bike on the overpasses at Parker and Little York.

Course I also remember when they were building Sam Rayburn and how mad all of us were because they were gonna mess up some of the best squirrel and deer hunting in the world when it flooded... We were fishing one time in the river just below where the Angelina and Attoyac rivers came together. We were looking up this big long new right of way that had been cut through woods all the way from the river up to a boat ramp that seemed like it was WAY up on top of a big hill and a mile from the river. My dad said, "Ain't no way in hell water is EVER gonna get up there!" That's Shirley Creek Marina todday...
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Old 07-01-2019, 08:35 AM   #32
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I killed my first deer and turkey in what is now the JW Marriott hill country in SA. My dads buddy was into real estate and had land all over that area and we got to hunt those tiny hill country deer. I killed a 6 point melanistic buck there as well. Good times


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Old 07-01-2019, 08:36 AM   #33
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OK, I'll play. I remember when FM 1960 was called "Jackrabbit Road" and there was nothing but prairie between I-45 (old hwy 75) and 290.
Even in the late 70s I quail hunted on a thousand acres on the SE corner of I 45 and 1960.
I remember when the north side of Houston began at about loop 610.
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Old 07-01-2019, 08:49 AM   #34
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We used to hunt dove two or three evenings a week and on Saturday off of where Tarrant Parkway is now. It's a sub division surrounded by sub divisions and school.
It's not progress.
Fortunately as I age I creep closer to death and won't have to be around when this plant looks like Coruscant. One big city of filth.

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Old 07-01-2019, 10:02 AM   #35
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Remember driving down on 59 from up here. 59 was 2 lane thru all the little towns along the way. Widened out to 4 lane right out of Humble. Wound right thru downtown then out south toward Sugarland. Most everything there was planted cropland. Sugar cane and cotton. Always looked good considering most all labor was free courtesy of TDC back when they actually made money for the state.
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Old 07-01-2019, 10:08 AM   #36
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It has sure changed a lot in the 20 years since I graduated high school. The old kroger that is now Harbor Freight is where every party started.

The hood we live is where I killed my first few deer.

The 2 high school thing still kinda trips me out.
Planning a 3rd right now.
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Old 07-01-2019, 10:10 AM   #37
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Burnadell remembers his first kill. Told me he got a saber tooth with an atlatl
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Old 07-01-2019, 10:13 AM   #38
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Old 07-01-2019, 10:20 AM   #39
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^^^
Don't remember the exact skyline but do remember Pegasus being along the top.
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Old 07-01-2019, 10:22 AM   #40
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Loop 12 and Beltline were the way around downtown Dallas.
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Old 07-01-2019, 10:24 AM   #41
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No truer words.

When I was mad at the prairie ducks my dad and I would drive by houses and he would talk about hunting in that area. We'd drive further south and hunt. Now, I drive by those spots further south and tell my kid I used to hunt there.

1/2 million dollar homes on places between katy and Fulshear where we would slaughter birds from dove season to late goose. Even snipe a pig or two after hunts

Yup those geese used to pile up along I-10 at Beltway 8. I've seen so many geese the ground was white where the Igloo plant is now.... them geese gotta swing way right when coming down now just to see a patch of green
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Old 07-01-2019, 11:15 AM   #42
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I remember when Gallery Furniture was Gallery Model Home Furniture and it was in 2 old model homes and a bunch of tents at 6006 I-45 North... I remember when I-45 ended at Tidwell Road. It was under construction and I used to ride my bike on the overpasses at Parker and Little York.
Thats where I grew up and still remember those Gallery tents as well...and much later on the beanbag tower down the road. My great grandparents had a grocery store and were told to pack it up and move...building a new freeway right on top your place!! Which would now be the underpass of 45/airline.
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Old 07-01-2019, 11:53 AM   #43
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Yep, the woods across from my folks' house in Keller on FM 1709 are now a plastic surgeon's office, an oral surgeon's office, gold course and big fancy houses. Was a horse ranch with lots of wooded area and a creek running through it. We had free run of the place. It was a great place to grow up. The place I used to dove hunt and fish some of the best stock tanks around is now a huge neighborhood. It was a good sized dairy farm. Funny, they named the neighborhood the same thing as the actual dairy farm that used to be in that spot "Crawford Farms", up in north Fort Worth/Keller. Mr. Crawford was the owner/operator of his dairy farm, but was also the counselor at the high school. I was friends with his youngest daughter. We were able to fish any time we wanted. Dove hunting was pretty solid around those stock tanks during dove season. Every time I drive by there, I remember and wonder if the folks that live in Crawford Farms even realize that it actually was "Crawford Farms." I'm told when he finally cut it loose, he sold that place for $11,000,000.00! Wouldn't surprise me at all, it was a good sized chunk of land in a prime spot.
I had the hunting and fishing rights on the place that bordered Crawford's Dairy to the west. From his west fence, to old Denton Rd. I killed enough dove over there in 10 years to cure hunger in some small countries.....all for shooting a few yotes, and helping the man with his cows.

I went to school with Jamie Crawford for a good while, and remember Mr. Crawford working at the high school.
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Old 07-01-2019, 12:13 PM   #44
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I had the hunting and fishing rights on the place that bordered Crawford's Dairy to the west. From his west fence, to old Denton Rd. I killed enough dove over there in 10 years to cure hunger in some small countries.....all for shooting a few yotes, and helping the man with his cows.

I went to school with Jamie Crawford for a good while, and remember Mr. Crawford working at the high school.
Yep, Jamie and I were friends and were in the youth group together at Mt. Gilead Baptist Church. D-Mo, every time stuff comes up about the Keller area, you and I end up knowing lots of the same folks. I bet if we were to get together for a cold one, we'd figure out alot of folks we have in common.
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Old 07-01-2019, 12:27 PM   #45
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I'm not old but when we moved from the Fresno Arcola area I was in the 8th grade. That was as far as you could go in manvel, after that you had to go to highschool in Alvin. 521 was 288 and there were surveying stakes for what was to become 288. Nothing between Arcola and Sugarland except a blinking yellow light in Dewalt. I helped my dad move cows off the ranch that became Quail Valley.
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Old 07-01-2019, 12:29 PM   #46
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I went to school at Katy Elementary, Katy Junior High and Katy High School because that's all there were. They are working on Elementary 43, Junior High 16 and High School 9 right now for a total of 68 schools in KISD. I could go on and on about how it used to be.
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Old 07-01-2019, 12:34 PM   #47
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I went to school at Katy Elementary, Katy Junior High and Katy High School because that's all there were. They are working on Elementary 43, Junior High 16 and High School 9 right now for a total of 68 schools in KISD. I could go on and on about how it used to be.
My youngest sister graduated from Plano Senior High in 1979. Her senior class had more students than the whole district had when I graduated in '76.
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Old 07-01-2019, 03:35 PM   #48
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When I went to UT, driving in from the north, along about Round Rock, when the Austin skylight appeared there were only two prominent buildings visible, The Texas Tower and the capitol building..
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Old 07-01-2019, 03:54 PM   #49
Dale Moser
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Yep, Jamie and I were friends and were in the youth group together at Mt. Gilead Baptist Church. D-Mo, every time stuff comes up about the Keller area, you and I end up knowing lots of the same folks. I bet if we were to get together for a cold one, we'd figure out alot of folks we have in common.
We'd better check on some statutes of limitation first!
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Old 07-01-2019, 03:56 PM   #50
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Wally World and a school on both sides of the best dove field I ever hunted in NTX. This all in the past 6 years.
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