History Blog: Much has changed in my 50 years in BCS

City of College Station's 75th AnniversaryNOTE: 2013 marks the City of College Station’s 75th year as an incorporated city. In recognition, we’ve highlighted some interesting moments from our past.

This blog was authored by Henry Mayo, a surveyor and long-time resident of the Bryan-College Station area. As a surveyor and historian, Henry retrieves information from local, state and national resources to assemble history-themed messages for email subscribers in a series titled “This Week in Brazos County History.” To subscribe to Henry’s email series, click here.



Pardon me for imposing my personal history on you, but Tuesday is a historic day fo me. I was born June 18, 1963 at St. Joseph Hospital in Bryan.

The hospital was located west of downtown Bryan and opened as Bryan Hospital in 1913. It was reopened as St. Joseph Hospital in 1936. The building is still standing and used as apartments, I believe.


My parents and brother, Kim, brought me home to the house they rented from the McElroy’s at 1011 Milner Drive in College Station. About six months later, they moved into a new home which Woodson Lumber Company built on the south edge of town at 1202 Village Drive. The following photos of these houses were taken by me earlier this year:


That day 50 years ago was also a Tuesday. The front page of The Bryan Daily Eagle carried no exciting local news, but does give a good snapshot of what was going on nationally — civil rights protests, prayer in school controversy and the space race:


Follow-up to last week’s blog about Richard Petty

The City of College Station’s Colin Killian noticed that Marty Robbins finished 29th in the 1973 Alamo 500. This is the same Marty Robbins of country music fame (El Paso, White Sport Coat and a Pink Carnation …) and Colin found a great photo of him at the race track south of College Station and wrote a blog about it.  Thanks, Colin.

Have a great week, and try to stay cool.

Henry Mayo
Henry Mayo
Surveyor and Historian | email

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