Happy 82nd anniversary, College Station!

Happy 82nd anniversary, College Station!

Eight-two years ago today, area residents overwhelmingly voted 271-39 to incorporate College Station as a city. To that point, College Station had been the simple name of a train station mail stop since 1877, a year after a small, rural college opened its doors near the railroad tracks. But the members of the growing community dreamed of more. Happy 82nd anniversary, College Station! Continue reading Happy 82nd anniversary, College Station!

Celebrating 80 years as the best place in Texas

Celebrating 80 years as the best place in Texas

Friday marks the 80th anniversary of College Station’s incorporation as a city. What started as a tiny community of about 2,000 residents has grown into one of the country’s most desirable and fastest-growing cities. Everyone is invited to celebrate our community’s birthday on Sunday from 2-4 p.m. at Richard Carter Park, located at 1800 Brazoswood Drive. The event will take place, rain or shine. Continue reading Celebrating 80 years as the best place in Texas

Lincoln Center, neighborhood thrive after years of investment

Lincoln Center, neighborhood thrive after years of investment

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By Steve Beachy, Former Parks & Recreation Director (1978-2007)

In 1978, the Lincoln Center and the surrounding neighborhood were in a severe state of neglect.

The old school buildings showed the years of little or no maintenance. Holleman Drive was a narrow roadway with broken pavement and no curbs or gutters. Eleanor Street and adjacent streets were unpaved and had a tendency to become impassable during heavy rains. Sidewalks, street lights, and paved parking were nonexistent.

The area also had numerous substandard homes, vacant houses and properties overgrown with weeds and brush. The poorly maintained softball field and two youth baseball fields fell far short of meeting the needs of our small but growing college-oriented community.

A lack of funding for potential improvements made the situation grim.

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Proud history moves Lincoln Center “forever forward”

Proud history moves Lincoln Center “forever forward”

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By Kelli Nesbitt, Parks & Recreation Marketing Coordinator

People of all ages filter through the Lincoln Recreation Center for various activities and programs, but many don’t realize the building’s historical significance. With February being African American History Month, it’s a perfect time to take a look back at the proud history of Lincoln High School.

More than 2,000 people arrived in Brazos County as slaves. Formal education didn’t exist until the Public Schools Act of 1871. By 1923, 127 African-American students were enrolled in the A&M Consolidated School District. The district accommodated only elementary school students until it began busing pupils to Kemp High School in Bryan.

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The Dream Works Conference (and dreams of my own)

The Dream Works Conference (and dreams of my own)

By Cheletia Johnson, Assistant Lincoln Recreation Center Supervisor

Growing up in Southgate Village Apartments and on Edward Street in College Station, it was always my dream to become a doctor to save people from diseases like diabetes and heart disease. Through life’s trials, tribulations and other diversions, my dream was detoured in another direction.

My life changed in 1993 when the late Lillian Jean Clark Robinson, former supervisor of Lincoln Recreation Center, gave me — then an inexperienced young woman who did not like kids — an opportunity to work as a recreation assistant. She believed in me and instilled in me a “work hard” ethic to accomplish my life’s goals and dreams.

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