With the exception of a few months I’ve lived in Houston for all of my life. I love the city and its suburbs but like many natives I have at times underestimated our fourth largest metropolitan area . Perhaps I have taken its assets for granted because I have been distracted by the demands of living. Only now that I am retired am I learning just how exciting our fair city and the little towns that surround it actually are. In fact, there are times when so much is happening on a given day that it is impossible to partake in all of the incredible events. At any moment there is more than enough to do and much of it is available at little or no cost. I particularly enjoy the historical aspects of my town that I have heretofore only superficially known.
In the northern shadow of downtown Houston lies Washington Avenue. For much of my life it was a dirty and depressed area akin to skid row. We used to drive as quickly as possible beyond its reach on our way to visit my Uncle Louie in what has of late been dubbed Northside Village. As we skirted past Washington Avenue I was unaware that it is home to two of the most fascinating cemeteries in the city, Glenwood and Washington. Glenwood opened in 1840 and was the first planned cemetery in the city. It became the final resting place for some of the city’s most famous citizens including Howard Hughes. The next time you visit the Hughes Hangar watering hole you may want to entertain your friends by explaining that the inspiration for its name is resting eternally just down the street. Continue reading “Road Tripping”