Then and Now, Chicago-Mayfield

1958–Chicago Avenue @ Mayfield Avenue, view west

2019–the same location

Our location is one long block east of Austin Boulevard.  The Chicago Avenue streetcar line had its western terminal at Austin, so over the years, a number of businesses sprang up nearby.  By 1958 electric trolley buses had replaced the streetcars and were using an off-street turn-around closer to Mayfield Avenue.

In 2019 motor buses running on Chicago Avenue use an off-street terminal back at Austin. Many of the older buildings along this block are gone.  Here at Mayfield, Chicago Avenue is now flanked by two churches—Greater Holy Temple on the north side, and Family Altar Baptist Church on the south side (out of the photo).


5 Responses to “Then and Now, Chicago-Mayfield”

  1. 1 Garry October 10, 2019 at 6:49 pm

    You are torturing me with all the photos of trolley buses. I really miss them!

  2. 3 benson October 11, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    While not torture, these photos make me crave more photos from that part of Austin. Google is great for looking at what everything looks like now, but do you know of any other websites or FB groups (other than your own) that focus on that area of Austin? (Lake St. to Chicago Ave./Laramie to Central or Austin.)

  3. 5 benson October 15, 2019 at 2:41 pm

    Thank you. Love the google then and now slider bar on the What was here site.

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