The Index


Brazos Buildings & Businesses (formerly College Station Roads and Retail, and briefly In, Around, and About the Brazos Valley) is a historical (with commentary!) blog about the city of Bryan-College Station. Keep in mind that the Main Index isn't updated enough as the main site, so check the main page, there may be a post or two that isn't covered here. There are several indexes as of this writing and have been since 2015, the "New Index" (updated since 2015, or approved as such), the "Unupdated Index" (pre-2015 posts which may not meet quality standards), "Miscellany", "Special Collections", and "Other Items". As of 2019, work has once again resumed on the site's upkeep. Many of the URLs (especially older pages from before 2013) do not match up with the main title of the page due to further updates on the page, and (in rare cases) a page may be removed entirely. Send me an email if you stumble across an old link before I do.

This is the list of articles "approved" or updated for 2015 (and beyond). This will eventually completely replace the other lists below. If you don't find what you're looking for, check the list below.

4/17/19: Former Circuit City
3/13/19: America's Country Store
3/10/19: Jack in the Box, Texas Avenue, College Station
3/8/19: 215 University Drive
3/4/19: 1501 Texas Avenue
2/28/19: Southgate Village Apartments
2/24/19: Shiraz Shish Kabob
6/14/17: Café Eccell's Former Domain
6/10/17: Gumby's Pizza, Dominik Drive
5/9/17: Falling by the Wayside, A Look at Former Restaurants at 102 Church Avenue
1/9/17: Dominik Drive Whataburger
10/30/16: Veronica's Country Corner
9/19/16: Goodbye to 711 University, So Long to the BB&T...
7/4/16: Leaning Tower Pizza / Primo Pizza / My Daily Bread Bakery
1/22/16: Handy Burger / The Onion Ring / The Deluxe / Chimy's Cerveceria
12/4/15: Pooh's Park, Tinsley's, and Others Replaced by a Shopping Center
11/1/15: The Loupot's Building
10/25/15: 413 Texas Avenue, A Distinctly Former Pizza Inn
9/25/15: 108 College Main
8/30/15: Jimmy Jackson's Exxon
12/20/14: The Safeway at the Health Department
10/25/14: 4300 Texas Avenue
10/11/14: The Burger King at the End (or the Beginning) of Texas Avenue
9/16/14: A Rare Gas Station Revival
9/1/14: The Last Days of the Diamond T Stables
8/28/14: The Nightlife at Doux Chene Apartments
8/26/14: Luby's Cafeteria
8/20/14: Circle K Truxtop
8/6/14: Barbecue, Catering, and Tires at 2319 Texas Avenue
7/9/14: Heep Center
6/30/14: 110-112 Nagle
6/6/14: 301 College Main
4/6/14: Played Out
3/21/14: H-E-B Pantry / Gattitown / DSW
2/14/14: Ardan Catalog Showroom / Rolling Thunder / Gattiland / Thunder Elite / Planet Fitness
1/22/14: The Last AppleTree
1/29/14: Reed McDonald Building
1/15/14: Dulie Bell on a Rainy Day
1/9/14: Torchy's Tacos and the Story Behind 1037 Texas Avenue
11/20/13: Square One
10/30/13: The Rise at Northgate
10/22/13: Shiloh Inn, Now the Days Inn on Texas Avenue
10/16/13: Westgate Center
10/9/13: Fort Shiloh
10/2/13: The Best Little Creamery in Aggieland
9/13/13: The Building Formerly Known as Fitzwilly's
9/6/13: Rosenthal Meat Science Center
8/21/13: Battle for the Promenade - 301 Patricia
7/29/13: Grins at 4410 College Main
7/22/13: The Grapevine
7/17/13: 4405 College Main: Thai Taste, Vietnamese Taste, and a Laundromat
7/11/13: Wickes Lumber
7/5/13: McDonald's & Blockbuster
6/28/13: Junek's Grocery / Wellborn Grocery
6/27/13: Ken Martin's Steakhouse / Ken Martin's Safari Grille
6/22/13: Furrow Building Materials
6/20/13: 1704 George Bush Drive East (1704 Kyle Avenue South)
6/17/13: Holiday Inn College Station / Four Points by Sheraton
6/8/13: Lester's at 2504 Kent
6/5/13: College Station Hilton
6/3/13: Pelican's Wharf / Pasghetti's / Royers' College Station Café / NailSpa
5/30/13: Seafood Mama's / Yum Yums Texas Style / Oxford Street / Steak & Ale
5/28/13: Northgate Chevron
5/27/13: 303 Boyett: Forgettable Mexican Food But Good Beer
5/25/13: The Commons
5/23/13: Before, During, and After Texadelphia
5/22/13: First American / Citibank / BB&T at 2818 and Texas Avenue
5/21/13: Taco Bell on University
12/3/12: Sbisa Dining Hall
11/26/12: Confucius Chinese Cuisine
11/3/12: University Apartments
7/7/12: College Station Conference Center
5/31/12: Sunset Gardens
5/28/12: Southwest Crossing
5/12/12: Before (and After) Taste of China
5/11/12: Putt-Putt Golf & Games
8/10/11: Campus Theater
1/28/12: Target College Station
1/22/12: Special Services Building
1/14/12: Tales of Defunct Restaurants at 1045 South Texas Avenue
9/10/11: (Formerly) Village Foods
8/27/11: Southgate Chevron
5/31/11: Ramada Aggieland Inn
2/27/11: Parkway Square
2/17/11: Blue Baker Dominik Drive
1/30/11: From Country Grocery to Living Water Pottery
1/22/11: Wolfe Nursery (Before, During, After)
1/4/11: College Station's Kmart / College Station Shopping Plaza
6/4/10: Randall's / Albertsons

This is a list of miscellaneous older posts from 2014 and before. Many (but not all) are in dire need of updates and will be moved to the list above.

12/21/14: Kyle Field
12/19/14: Scoates Hall
12/18/14: Zachry Engineering Center: End of an Era
8/11/14: Newport Condominiums
8/8/14: Palace Theater
7/30/14: The Exxon on Boonville
7/18/14: Post Oak Mall Part 3 - The 1980s and 1990s
7/13/14: Fuego and Other Buildings South of University Drive
6/25/14: Park Place Plaza
6/22/14: Marion Pugh Drive
6/14/14: North of University Drive and South of Bryan
5/12/14: Townshire Shopping Center
5/9/14: Redmond Terrace Shopping Center / Texas Avenue Crossing
4/30/14: FedMart (Chimney Hill Shopping Center)
2/20/14: 104-115 College Main
12/15/13: Weingarten Supermarket, Bryan
12/4/13: Post Oak Square, featuring Weingarten
12/11/13: A Look at Boyett Businesses
8/27/13: Alta Vista Christian Academy
8/5/13: Skaggs Albertsons / Skaggs Alpha Beta / Jewel-Osco / Albertsons
7/31/13: McDonald's at Northgate, The Area's First
7/24/13: Saber Inn
7/14/13: The Captain's Half Shell Oyster Bar / The Boat / Shipwreck Grill
7/12/13: Mr. Gatti's on Northgate / Rao Drive Inn
7/4/13: George Bush Presidential Library & Museum
7/2/13: Brazos Blue Ribbon Bakery in Bryan
7/1/13: Post Oak Mall Part One - The Anchors
6/25/13: G. Rollie White Coliseum and Read Building
6/24/13: Manor House Motor Inn
6/19/13: College Station Business Center
6/18/13: Texan Restaurant
6/1/13: Travel Kleen and Summit
5/29/13: The Older Shell at Harvey Mitchell and Villa Maria
5/24/13: Other Buildings Demolished for Northpoint Crossing
5/19/13: Heirloom Gardens
5/14/13: Rolling Ridge Grocery
5/11/13: Sparks Building
2/10/13: Villa Maria and Texas Avenue
1/17/13: Ace of Aggieland and Other Stores at Navarro
1/12/13: Church Avenue
1/6/13: Checkers
12/20/12: Manor East Mall
12/14/12: Bryan's Kroger (Family Center)
12/1/12: Texas 707 / 707 Shopping Village
10/16/12: Culpepper Plaza
9/30/12: Circle Drive-In
9/23/12: Eastgate
9/9/12: The Buildings of Luther Street and Wellborn Road
7/9/12: Grand Station Entertainment / Wolf Pen Bowling / Lowe's
6/20/12: Der Wienerschnitzel
6/2/12: Ramada Inn / University Tower / Plaza Hotel
5/16/12: At Park Place and Harvey
4/29/12: Memorial Student Center
4/16/12: YMCA Building
2/17/12: The Former Fajita Rita's, The Building of Which Later Burned Down
10/19/11: East 29th and Texas Avenue ~ The Ex-Greyhound
1/17/11: Tom's BBQ and Steakhouse
1/13/11: University Square Shopping Center / Legacy Point
1/5/11: Walmart, Albertsons, and Other Stores
6/23/10: H-E-B College Station

These are the non-building posts. There used to be a lot more of them pre-2013 and they were updated in 2013, but I plan to dismantle this section in the future nonetheless.

1/4/13: Easterwood Memories
12/31/12: The Year in Review - 2012
12/21/11: Post Oak Mall Superpost [moving to]
12/17/12: All Hail the Late, Great Madden's Street Cuisine
7/26/12: Stories of the West Loop
9/30/11: Just Train Crazy
9/26/11: Turkey Creek: FM 2513
9/22/11: George Bush Presidential Library and Museum: The First Ten Years
9/16/11: Texas A&M...OF THE FUTURE!
8/29/11: Commercial Building Permits College Station Late 1980s
7/28/11: Holleman Drive: A History
7/4/11: The Greatest Freeway That Never Was
5/27/11: Aggie Food (about TAMU food options)
4/15/11: Around Tejas Center [will be transformed into new Tejas Center post]
1/2/11: The Actual Koppe Bridge
1/2/11: What We Know of "LoTrak"
12/7/10: The Disappearing Railroads of Hearne

As part of integration toward Carbon-izer, this links back to that site.
Renamed, Rerouted, and Closed Roads

I used to collect a few newspaper articles with commentary. As I don't intend to add anymore articles this way, each is listed by its publication date (not when it was posted on the blog).
10/26/85: TI Plant Closes
7/5/70: City of Bryan vs. Shack City