OLD Austin photos

UT 1924

SOCO 1914

Congress Ave being paved with bricks 1905

Congress Ave. 1900

Austin skyline 1931

Stephen F. Austin hotel being built 1924

Congress Ave view from the Capitol 1890’s ¬†Photo credit: ¬†Wilkinsonranch.com\

Congress Ave. 1915Congress Ave. 1938

Congress Ave. late 1940’s

Congress Ave. 1960

At the corner of 6th and Congress – the heart of Austin.

An old view of the Governor’s Mansion

Congress Ave. 1940

Austin Skyline 1940

Hotel San Jose 1940’s

Hotel San Jose today

UT 1940’s

1935 Flood over Congress Ave.

1935 Flood, South Austin

1940 Congress Ave. Christmas

Congress Ave. today 2009

Arial S. 1st street 1968

Austin National Bank

Capital Metro is born 1875

Trolly car accident 1913

Capital Metro, known at Austin Railway Company adds bus service in Austin 1940

Bus service for Austin 1940

Continental Trailways Bus System – 1952

The capitol is seen in the background. – 1952

Before IH 35 was built

IH 35 being built at 6th street 1960

IH 35 at Riverside 1957

Stephen F. Austin Hotel showing the lounge

Stephen F. Austin Hotel showing the lounge

Austin gets it’s first Air Port October 1930

Photo of a Braniff DC-4, the 1st DC-4 in Austin, Texas – 1946

Customers wait in line at ticket counter at Mueller Airport – 1961

Passengers and crew wave goodbye on the tarmac before departure at Mueller Airport – 1965

Photo of back of train and Sam Wah cafe during Harry Truman’s Whistle Stop tour. Austin, Texas. – 1948

Light Rail today in Austin 2010

As you can tell, I LOVE AUSTIN! I hope you will share the excitment with me. I’d love to hear from you! – Gregg


  1. I love the photos. Can these be purchased? If so, I would love to purchase them.

    • incredible ! can these photos be purchased?

    • Most if not all could be purchased at the Austin History Center.

  2. I’ve been studying designs for over 10 years. It is safe to say that this building is the most marvelous one on the planet. Visit it once and you will agree with me!

    • which building are you referring to as most marvelous on the planet?

  3. It’s a nice blog you have over here! It’s very usefull information for me and I just want to thank you for that! If you post more threads as this one, I’ll follow your blog active!

  4. I am bookmarking this asap! Thank you very much ;)

  5. where did you get all of these photos? I would love to buy/find these prints!

    • Most are from a friend of mine who’s way into Austin history. Others are from the cities web site.

  6. These are priceless…. Thanks for sharing them, Gregg!!

    • Your very welcome! Glad you enjoy them.

  7. Great collection. Being a 7th generation Austinite, born here in 1940, can really appreciate those…and especially the shot of old East Avenue before the I-35 monster arrived, and the UT campus one…oh yeah, those smelly old buses I used to ride!

  8. makes me homesick …i grew up in Austin in the ’60s….i miss the way Downtown looked- I finally left 10 years ago, sadly to say-When I go home , now, I am lost- sigh.

  9. I was born at St David’s when it was on 15th St. I grew up there & it was a wonderful place. My grandparents ran the Hutch House at 1916 Speedway, then ran the old Longhorn Lodge in the 3500 block of Guadelupe. I love these old pictures. Thanks so much for posting them.

    • actually, the old St. David’s Hospital I recall in the 1940’s was on the north side of 18th St. between Nueces and Rio Grande….not on 15th St.

  10. I was raised in Austin. Have always missed it. Enjoyed the pics and would like to use a couple of them in a little fiction story I am writing about my days living there and my Grandparents. I will give credits to your site?? Not sure how to handle this request. I was searching for a photo of name of a cafeteria from the 1965 era. Thank youDiane Jungbluth-Ogden

  11. Wow these are great pictures. I moved to Austin in 83. Although its gotten a little crowded for me, I’ll always love Austin. Its so cool to look back to see the way the city used to be.

    Thanks for posting them.

    • No problem Teresa! It’s true, Austin is growing so fast, these pictures just emphasize how much a city can change and transform…the newbies have NO idea ;)

  12. A few years ago, I watched an online video of a streetcar running up Congress towards the Capitol. Or at least I thought it was here in Austin, but I could have been mistaken. Do you know of any such video?

    • No, I do not–Would love to see it though!

  13. I love having a hometown and I love that it’s Austin. My brother and I are only first generation Austinites born in the old Brackenridge Hospital building (Brack babies) but the town is part of me as much as I’m a part of it.

  14. We love texas from the first day of my wife and i been there evry year in a row from 1996 and this time we been there in may and looking for a house.

    • Jacob, Texas IS great! Love it so much, glad you may join our community. If you are looking in the Austin area I would love to help you out! Give me a call 512 653 0488

      • Go Arkansas Razorbacks. Beat Texas.

  15. These are awesome! thank you! I sure wish I lived back then….

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