Downtown Wichita Falls, Texas, in the mid 1940’s was a bustling metropolis for a boy of 7 just away from the farm and ranch community where he was born. My father, a cook and cowboy by trade, had just started as one of the first cooks for the Casa Manana restaurant in 1947. He moved us to an apartment on Ohio Street, right across from the Gem Theater, between 7th and 8th Streets. It’s here that we would stay for the next three years. The Gem Theater became a magic palace for a young mind. But it had to share that distinction with the rest of the magic that was Wichita Falls. I attended San Jacinto and Carrigan elementary schools, as well as Reagan Junior High, and belonged to the Boys Club on 6th Street. Please join, and share your stories and pictures through a Guest Blog, of early Wichita Falls - or your home town. Contact me at or leave a comment. We could use old pictures of movie houses, drive-in theaters, and other nostalgic pictures related to our youths.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Graham Newsstand 1947

Here is a newsstand in Graham, Texas. Pulps are on the wall on this end (left). Assuming from the December 1947 issue of AMAZING STORIES, I would say this picture was taken sometime between October 1947 and February 1948. Most magazines were released a couple of months before the date on the covers, and would have remained on the shelf for a while, at least. My family had only recently moved to Wichita Falls, and I was looking through comic books and pulp magazines at the Miller Drug Store on the corner 7th & Ohio at about this time.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

29th Street Theater

29th Street Theater in Waco: Posted by Bill Crider on his Blog recently, here is a nice picture of an old theater that may be torn down soon. Sadly, this has been happening all over America for some time now. Great old theaters torn down to be replaced by ugly stores or parking lots. Sad.