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Items sold at the two Astrodome “Yard Sales,
Items sold at the two Astrodome “yard sales," such as seats and Astroturf, were popular in the Dome Mobile as well as with many passionate fans.

When Jason, Beth, and I were driving around Houston in the Dome Mobile, people talked to us for many different reasons – Our charming personalities (obviously)! The swag we were handing out! The fact that we had a 26-foot truck parked somewhere they wanted to be! But they were also drawn in by two very Astrodome-specific things:

1. The end-zone Astroturf lining the floor of the Dome Mobile
2. The four orange Astrodome seats sitting in the Dome Mobile

Harris County, which owns the Astrodome, has had two different “yard sales” where devoted fans could buy assorted items from the Dome, including pieces of Astroturf and pairs of the iconic seats. In the days and weeks afterwards, we saw photos of these items showing up on our @SavingPlaces Instagram and Twitter feeds. Most often, people were buying items for the mancaves/fancaves and as gifts for others.

Though the future of the Astrodome is still complicated, we wanted to share some of our favorite photos. We also asked the photographers what made them want seats from the Dome. (Ed. note: Some entries edited for length and clarity.)... Read More →

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Grant Stevens

Grant Stevens

Grant is the Manager of Community Outreach at the National Trust. He's proud to be from a Main Street Community and the Black Dirt Capitol of the World – Conrad, Iowa! Growing up on a farm, he always loved going to town and looking at the historic buildings. Now a resident of DC, Grant enjoys reading, running, and anything rural.

How Johnny Cash's Boyhood Home Shaped the Man in Black

Posted on: January 2nd, 2014 by David Robert Weible 2 Comments

 

The Cash home in Dyess before Arkansas Sate acquired it in 2011. Credit: Beth Wiedower
The Cash home in Dyess before Arkansas Sate acquired it in 2011.

Listening to his music, it’s easy to picture a young Johnny Cash running around a rural Southern town causing trouble and learning the life lessons that inspired his simple but profound folk, rock, blues, and country tunes.

Well, that rural Southern town was the community of Dyess in northeastern Arkansas, and now fans of the late Man in Black will soon have a chance to do just the same.... Read More →

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David Robert Weible

David Robert Weible

David Robert Weible is an assistant editor at Preservation magazine. He came to DC from Cleveland, Ohio, where he wrote for Sailing World and Outside magazines.

Lost: Univision Building Demolished in San Antonio

Posted on: November 20th, 2013 by Lauren Walser 2 Comments

 

Demolition of the Univision building continued last week to make way for a $55 million, 350-unit housing development. Credit: Sylvia Gonzalez
Demolition of the Univision building continued last week to make way for a $55 million, 350-unit housing development.

Residents of San Antonio watched last week as the 1955 Univision building fell to the wrecking ball, despite a long, hard battle fought by the city’s preservationists and activists to save it.... Read More →

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Lauren Walser

Lauren Walser

Lauren Walser is the Los Angeles-based Field Editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys writing and thinking about history, art, architecture, and public space.

 

Hinkle's Pharmacy - Columbia PA - Exterior. Credit: Beth Lennon, RetroRoadmap.com
Hinkle’s -- at the crossing of Locust and Third street since 1893.

On the banks of the Susquehanna River, located halfway between the county seats of Lancaster and York, sits Columbia, Pennsylvania. For centuries an integral hub for transportation, first as a ferry crossing and later as part of the Pennsylvania Railroad, it now is bypassed by traffic speeding along Route 30.

But folks smart enough to get off of the four-lane highway and onto the Lincoln Highway will discover a vibrant corner of the historic downtown at Hinkle’s Pharmacy and Restaurant, serving as the heart of the community for 120 years.... Read More →

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Beth Lennon

Beth Lennon is the creator of the website RetroRoadmap.com. As "Mod Betty," she delights as the retro travel "hostess with the mostess," scouting out cool vintage places and sharing them with the world.

 

Chick & Ruths Delly Annapolis MD - Exterior. Credit: Beth Lennon, RetroRoadmap.com
Chick & Ruth’s -- a destination for locals and visitors since 1965

The brick lined sidewalks, roads, and buildings of Annapolis Maryland radiate the classic colonial charm of a historic waterfront city on the Chesapeake. Neutral colors highlight the architectural details on the many Main Street buildings that are well over one hundred years old.

Maybe that's why the shiny orange sign atop Chick & Ruth's Delly on Main Street is such a cheery change of gears, a shock of color as refreshingly unpretentious as the restaurant itself.... Read More →

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Beth Lennon

Beth Lennon is the creator of the website RetroRoadmap.com. As "Mod Betty," she delights as the retro travel "hostess with the mostess," scouting out cool vintage places and sharing them with the world.