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Discussion in 'In The Stands' started by Dionysus, Jul 28, 2017.
A weather miserable, but great day for the University of Texas!
1933: Littlefield Fountain is almost ready, as is the W. C. Hogg Building behind it, just to the right of Old Main. Originally built for geology, the Hogg Building today is the HQ for the College of Natural Sciences.
1935: A UT student operates the telescope in today’s Painter Hall Observatory, which will be 85 years old next spring.
Littlefield Fountain, 1949
That’s so beautiful.
1912: The Longhorn Band in front of today’s Battle Hall. Third row, 5th from left, is Gene Schoch, who founded the band in 1900 and became a UT chemical engineering professor. To his right (4th from left), Walter Hunnicutt, would compose the “Texas Fight” song in 1923.
September 1, 1973: A concert by ZZ Top completely filled Texas Memorial Stadium. The event was a fundraiser for Student Government.
Austin, Sept. 1st, middle of the day, probably no breeze, all those people crammed together,... don't you know, not only was the music HOT, but it was figuratively stinkin' HOT that day!
Not so WorsterMan, that was pre global warming. Was a completely comfortable day.
Depends on what "coolant" you were using.
High of 93 and a slow South wind.
February 1900: The entire UT campus, as seen from a rooftop at the southwest corner of 21st and Guadalupe. From left: the Chemistry Labs Building (where the biology ponds are today), old Main Building, and B. Hall, the men’s dorm.
1939: An aerial view of the campus from the north. The buildings along the bottom: Welch Hall (for chemistry), Physics, Biology, and Mary Gearing Hall (Home Economics, now Human Ecology) were collectively known as “Science Row.”
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1910: The UT Band poses for a group photo. According to the scores on the bass drum, it’s halfway through the football season.
1914: The main gate to Clark Field, near the corner of Speedway and 23rd.
Jim Nicar’s UT History Corner
Was Clark Field originally on Speedway? The Clark Field I knew was on 23rd between Trinity & Red River, complete with Billy Goat Hill.
The original Clark Field (aka Varsity Athletic Field) was on Speedway from 1887-1927.
I had to look it up, wasn’t sure either.
Thank you. I would admit that you taught me something I didn't know, but that would be such an earth-shaking event that the site might crash.
Careful Sabre, that would be like dividing by zero while running with scissors. Don’t do it.
Truly pre global warming. Back then, it was "settled science" that man-made pollution was bringing on an ice age.
May 3, 1901: William McKinley was the first U.S. president to formally visit UT. He arrived at the steps of the old Main Building, which was decked out in red, white, and blue bunting. The Latin banner above the entry translates as “Texas Save the President.”
I remember it from the early 1960's and seeing a lot of left and center-fielders chasing a lot of balls up Billy Goat Hill...I think every team that came in here to play baseball against the Horns dreaded and had nightmares about playing in the outfield
Paul S. Nichols
Also, I remember hearing Bully Gilstrap (there is a name from the past that will resonate with some of you old timers) talk about a home run that Lou Gehrig hit in an exhibition game in the late 1920's against the Horns (when they came here to play) that went over the center field fence and across Red River up in the yard of the old mansion that used to stand on the other side of Red River. (See the picture below of Old Clark Field and Billy Goat Hill).
Paul S. Nichols
wow......................... basketball was an outdoor sport back in the day on the 40 Acres! from the Texas Sports Lore page..........
"TX College Basketball Saturday: Tip off at a Texas Longhorn basketball game on the football field, Clark Field, in 1906. This was the first year UT-Austin fielded a basketball team.
The baseball team also played in this stadium. In the distance you can see fans sitting in the baseball bleachers in the endzone."
I went by the stadium that day on my way to my new apartment in Austin. I was a new student transferring from another university. Had the window down and caught some of the music. Always had ZZ Top at the top of my favorites. IIRC, after the concert the grounds keeps found that some of the concert attendees had cut out a big section of the turf and toted it off.
1940: Parking was a little easier along University Avenue when UT’s Tower was new.
Love looking at the old photos of UT history... keep 'em coming Dionysus!
All credit goes to Jim Nicar who maintains the UT History Corner blog at jimnicar.com. Jim regularly posts stuff to his Twitter feed at twitter.com/JimNicar, which is where I find these photos.
It’s fascinating to me to see photos of this place where so many of us spent formative years, and how it has developed and changed over time.
Parking was easier in that era because the enrollment was not crazy high and mostly because few students had cars in the post depression / WWII years.
I first stepped foot on campus in 1989 and it's funny how you think things were always the way you see it for the first time so when change happens it's sometimes hard to absorb. Then you see old pics like this and realize change is inevitable so enjoy what was, what is and what will be.