Saturday, February 17, 2007

Ike & The Shamrock Hilton

My mention of President Eisenhower in the post below, made me think about a memorable experience back when I was in the first grade at Sutton Elementary School in Houston. This had to be in late 1959 or early 1960, so I was either 6 or 7 years old at the time.

My parents took the family (which at the time was Mom, Dad, me and my two sisters) to the venerable Shamrock Hilton Hotel in the Texas Medical Center to watch the President's motorcade go by. I can still vividly recall standing outside the Shamrock waiting for Ike to come by, and finding my teacher, Mrs. Webb, was there also.

Built in the 1940s as one of Houston's most elegant hotels, The Shamrock Hilton was torn down in 1987 to make room for a parking lot, much to the chagrin of many Houstonians who loved the old landmark, myself included. How sad to lose such a wonderful piece of Houston's recent history, and for a parking lot no less. Its spot near the corner of Holcombe Boulevard and South Main Street has never been the same since.

You can read more about the Shamrock at the Handbook of Texas Online by CLICKING HERE. To read about Sutton Elementary (which is still in operation) CLICK HERE. Interestingly enough, that history of the school even mentions the principal I remember, Raymond Roebuck.

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