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The Cistern at Buffalo Bayou Park is a former drinking water reservoir built in 1926 for the City of Houston. As one of the city's early underground reservoirs, it supported the municipal water systems goals of fire suppression (water pressure) and drinking water storage. After operating for decades, an irreparable leak was discovered and, after a few years, the reservoir was decommissioned in 2007.
Buffalo Bayou Partnership has opened this industrial relic, with future plans to present temporary art installations in this unique public space.[Valerie, 06/29/2016]
From the website: "The space is only accessible via small hatches that open to 14-foot ladders creating enormous logistical difficulties in viewing and navigating the area."
Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern
- 105 Sabine St., Houston, TX
- Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern. Just northwest of downtown. From Old Katy Rd turn south onto Sawyer St., drive about a mile, then turn right onto Sabine St., then a quick right into the parking lot.
- Free to look. Tours $2. Reservations recommended.
There are giant sunglasses outside an optometrist office![Stephen Francia, 06/29/2016]
- S. Allison Ave., Xenia, OH
- West side of downtown. On the southbound side of S. Allison Ave., one block south of W. 2nd St.
- Dallas, Texas - Giant Eyeball
There is construction in front of the eyeball, so pictures are difficult from the street. We didn't try, but the best view is probably from the upper floors of the hotel across the street. We were disappointed we couldn't get closer to it.[Steve, 06/29/2016]
- 1607 Main St., Dallas, TX
- Downtown. On the north side of Main St. between N. Ervay and N. Akard Sts. Gated, but visible from the street.
- Corona, California - Fender Guitars Visitor Center
The Fender Visitor Center has closed for now. We love having a place for our customers to visit and tour our facility, and we thank everyone who has come to experience the Visitor Center and Fender factory tour with us. We plan to reopen as soon as we create a new Fender Experience.[Paul Tomlinson, 06/29/2016]
Fender Visitor Center
- Fender Visitor Center, SR-91 to Corona exit 47 north to Auto Center Dr., right on Railroad St. to Cessna Cir.
- Temporarily closed for remodeling. (Call to verify)
- Tours adults $10.
- In Transition
Living in Lubbock at the time, I stumbled upon the Dan Blocker memorial when stopping for gasoline. I was told that it is not just the head of the man. Dan was six feet, four inches tall. The base of the statue represents his body height, then add his head with the hat to reach the total height of Dan as if standing face to face.[Greg Wilson, 06/29/2016]
- 9th St., O'Donnell, TX
- I-20 exit 177. US 87 north 45 miles to Lamesa, then another 20 miles to O'Donnell. Take Hwy 76 (9th St.) east into town. Left on Doak St. The head is one block north, in "Heritage Plaza," a small lot turned into a park, at the corner of 8th and Doak.
- Museum: M-Sa 9-11, 2-5, Su 2-5. (Call to verify)