The terrazzo star under the dome of the Texas State Capitol is the zero milestone
Downtown Austin streets running north and south (skipping
Congress Avenue) are named for Texas rivers: Sabine, Red River, Neches, Trinity,
San Jacinto, Brazos, Colorado, Lavaca, Guadalupe, San Antonio, Nueces, and Rio
The first letters of streets intersecting Main Street heading southeast from
the center of town spell "ALL WELCOME".
(Adams, Llano, Lincoln, Washington,
Elk, Lee, Columbus, Olive, Mesquite, and Eagle)
The first letters
of streets intersecting Main Street heading northwest from the center of town
spell "COME BACK".
(Crockett, Orange, Milam, Edison, Bowie, Acorn, Cherry,
A set of McAllen avenues are named alphabetically for trees:
Beech, Cedar, Date Palm, Ebony, Fir, Gumwood, Hackberry, Ivy, Jasmine, Kendlewood,
Laurel, Maple, Nyssa, Orange, Pecan, Quince, Redwood, Sycamore, Tamarack, Upas,
Vine, and Walnut.
After skipping a few avenues, they go at it again
Camellia, Daffodil, Esperanza, Fern, Gardenia, Hibiscus,
Iris, Jonquil, Kerria, Larkspur, Mangold, Nolana, Orchid, Primrose, Quamasia,
Redbud, Shasta, Tulip, Ulex, Violet, Wisteria, Xanthisma, Yucca, (passing Y-Z
avenue of all things), Zinnia.
Finally, I see a set of birds, (roughly
in same area of town, not as neatly placed, but generally in order):
(tough to find), Bluebird, Cardinal, Dove, Eagle, Falcon, Flamingo, Goldcrest,
Hawk, Heron, Jay, Kiwi, Lark, Martin, Mynah, Nightingale, Oriole, Pelican, Robin,
Sandpiper, Swallow, Thunderbird, Toucan, Umar, Umbrellabird, Verdin, Warbler,
Xenops, Yellowhammer, and Zenaida.
Whitewing is between the trees
and flowers for some reason.
(Subject: Addition to "Street Name Trivia"
Please add the following to "Street Name Trivia" for McAllen
by Joe Foster.
McAllen is one of the easiest towns to navigate. The town
plat was based on the railroad and the canal. Old Business 83 paralleled the East/West
set of avenues in Weslaco were named for mostly NORTHERN states on the north or
both sides of town, and a few southern states on the southern side. They run north
to south, with a few other Texas nationalistic terms thrown in:
Colorado, REPUBLIC STREET/CALLE DE LA REPUBLICA, Oklahoma, Ohio, Georgia, Louisiana,
Indiana, Nebraska, Missouri, TEXAS BOULEVARD, Kansas, Illinois, Iowa, Tennessee,
Florida (next to ORANGE Ave.), Michigan, Oregon, Utah, and Nevada.
Joe Foster, Austin, Texas
shoe horses, don't they?" June
23, 2005 Column
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