(Above photo: The interchange of US 290 and the Sam Houston Tollway in Jersey Village, facing west along 290, March 2013).
Thank you for visiting the West Houston archives, a place where Houstonians can find photographs and memories specifically focused on the western portion of Harris County, Texas. In 2005, I began this website as a tribute to the Copperfield area where I grew up, but as time passed, I began to learn a lot more about the small towns that made up Harris County, and felt obliged to include them in my website as well. Most historical information about the Greater Houston area seems to be focused on downtown, and the inner loop. There was certainly no shortage of historical information available online, or in books.
My hope was to host a website that only featured information about the western portion of Harris County, because finding information about its history can be somewhat difficult unless you know where to look. Houston has expanded tremendously to the west and to the north since the 1950's, and trends indicate that this growth will continue in these directions in the decades to come. As this once rural landscape slowly turns into parkways, upscale living communities, and business strips, I am aware of the value of capturing the undeveloped areas on film for future generations to reflect on, and to tell the tale of the beginnings of settlement in West Houston.
My pages are regularly updated with new information an photos as new subjects come to light, and while I cannot aspire to photograph every square mile of Houston, I have selected a handful of major or historically significant roads to focus on. The homepage contains an updates section that informs viewers of recent changes to the website. I hope you enjoy the tour!
Sincerely, John Williams
Please feel free to contact me via e-mail at the following address if you have any questions, comments, photo submissions, or requests for specific information: firstname.lastname@example.org
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