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PODUNK, TEXAS
AKA Denver Harbor

Houston

The Neighborhood as Small Town

by John Troesser
Globe Theater Denver Harbor Houston Texas
The Globe Theater - reborn as a tire shop on the corner of Lyons Avenue and Lathrop
   
Before suburbia, gated communities, and strip shopping centers - back when convenience stores were corner groceries and before pedestrians became extinct; Texas cities had very distinct neighborhoods. These self-reliant communities were usually held in place by stable landmarks like high schools, fire stations or theaters. When residents needed something really important - there were buses to take them on a downtown adventures. Sometimes these communities had their own parks and sometimes they even had their own watertowers. This is the story of one such community, its watertower and the mystery of the name. It's also the story of a record-breaking basketball game played by an underdog team of fourteen-year olds in 1948.
Old fire station, Denver Harbor Houston Texas
The Old Denver Harbor Fire Station on the corner of Lyons Avenue and Kress Street
   
Charles Eliot Elementary School, Denver Harbor Houston Texas
The Charles Elliot Elementary School
6411 Laredo Street
   
Houstonian author Jay Grady has started a grassroots movement to have his old neighborhood officially recognized as "Texas' Official Mythical Town."
Where the Hell is Podunk Texas book cover
The Mystery - The Legend - The Book
   
The neighborhood went by other names, but the most popular was and is Denver Harbor. The original boundries of "Podunk" were west of (what is now) Wayside, north of the tracks and not far from from the notorious juncture of Lyons Avenue and Jensen Drive (aka "Pearl Harbor").
The young Dr. Jay Grady of Denver Harbor Houston Texas
Photo of Jay Grady circa 1948
   
Former Denver Harborites or anyone wishing to sign Dr. Grady's petition for Official recognition are encouraged to visit his website www.podunktexas.com. The photos in this page are from the book "Where the Hell is Podunk, Texas?" and our courtesy of the author, Dr. Jay Grady. Call toll-free @ 1-877-476-3865 to place an order.


John Troesser
First published May 1, 2006

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