Just as a reminder, here’s what Rice looked like from the air in 1946:
Here’s another great shot from 1946, showing how near the edge of town we were even at this relatively late date:
Rummaging through the oversize box, I also found this aerial, which was taken ten years later:
The transformation of the western part of campus was so sudden and so thorough it’s almost shocking. Understandably, we don’t have very many images of the wildness that lasted so long out there and then just vanished. I do have a few, though, which were graciously shared with us by the Garcia family, all taken on campus between 1946 and 1948. It’s a profoundly different world.
Bonus: The Parkings Gods Giveth and the Parking Gods Taketh Away.