by Jann Alexander ©2013 Heartbroken Music
We’ve lost many of our cherished Austin, Texas landmarks, but they remain forever memorialized in the Pull out the kleenex, turn up the volume and settle back with Simple Minds to take in the show of our lost (but not forgotten) Austin landmarks. Click any image to start a slide show, and click play to hear Vanishing Austin photography series. Don’t You (Forget About Me).
Lest you get too teary-eyed, Austin survivors abound, and they’re featured here: We Are The Champions.
Overtaken by Jann Alexander © 2004
Stylin’ High by Jann Alexander © 2013
Trading Places by Jann Alexander © 2011
Too Late to Look for the Spear by Jann Alexander © 2013
Remember the Alamo by Jann Alexander © 2010
Frost Sunset by Jann Alexander © 2009
The End for the Bitter End by Jann Alexander © 2014
Moody Blues by Jann Alexander © 2013
Backstage and Beyond by Jann Alexander © 2010
Going Gingerly by Jann Alexander © 2012
Irish Motherlode by Jann Alexander © 2010
Noodlin’ Around the Warehouses ©2012 Jann Alexander
A Hole in the Heart of Texas by Jann Alexander © 2012
Heartbroken Music by Jann Alexander ©2013
Bye Bye Bertha by Jann Alexander ©2013
Bitchin’ Threads by Jann Alexander ©2013
Blessings at the Spoke by Jann Alexander ©2004
Highballin’ Out by Jann Alexander ©2013
Lonely Star by Jann Alexander © 2013
Last Supper by Jann Alexander © 2010
No More Groceries by Jann Alexander © 2010
Starlite Lit Out by Jann Alexander © 2010
Warehouse Blues by Jann Alexander © 2010
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Farewell from Lucy’s by Jann Alexander © 2013
Scuttled by Jann Alexander © 2011
Gridlocked by Jann Alexander © 2014
Whitley’s Went by Jann Alexander © 2010
Ribs and Music by Jann Alexander © 2013
Big City, Little Coffee by Jann Alexander © 2013
Click It or Ticket by Jann Alexander © 2010
Since 1931 by Jann Alexander ©2010
Tiny Bar, Tall Tower by Jann Alexander © 2013
Avenue G by Jann Alexander © 2010
So Long SoCo Trailers by Jann Alexander ©2013
Come to Naught by Jann Alexander ©2010
Mr. Clean Gene by Jann Alexander © 2013
Booted Out by Jann Alexander © 2013
Guitars on Speed by Jann Alexander ©2013
Martin’s Signs Off by Jann Alexander © 2013
No Parking by Jann Alexander © 2013
Frisco Gold by Jann Alexander © 2013
Yes, Austin, we’ve lost many of our icons. But if there is a silver lining to all of our upscale urban development, it’s that many of our beloved touchstones, and their signs, still thrive. Dry your eyes and take a look at them all here : We Are The Champions! ♣ Which Austin landmark do you miss the most?
Endangered Species of Austin poster
About my Vanishing Austin series: While many Austin landmarks are lost, many are survivors still. Admire them all in a slideshow, HERE. Prints start at $35.
You can marvel at what’s lost and what’s survived in my Endangered Species of Austin poster, featuring 16 Austin icons, and sized at a handsomely large 24 x 36,” available for $25, HERE.
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As publisher of my creative work, I find my ideas in exploring and recording life's details—just as I've done in writing my historical novel, Dust, and its predecessor, A Habit of Hiding.
My photography focus is the scenic gumbo that is my Vanishing Austin series, and the many other thematic photography collections I've created. In my paintings, I capture the colors of the American southwest and Mexico. For my blog on creativity, Pairings, I explore Texas and beyond, and sometimes indulge in time travel.
I bring it together at JannAlexander.com, where my art meets tech.
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Great shots of gorgeous signs! I keep saying that I’m gonna spend a day taking photos of all my favorite signs up here near Fort Worth. I returned from a trip last year only to discover that one of my favorite retro motel marquees had been demolished – so sad!
aka @TuiSnider, popping by from #ArchiveDay on Twitter!
I was just at the Fairgrounds last weekend for the Cotton Bowl, and wished I’d had some time for Vanishing Dallas. I can only imagine Fort Worth takes the cake–get that camera handy! The iPhone always works in a pinch. Thanks, Tui.
Got some neat ones there, Jann!
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Thanks, Mitch, signs are like a box of chocolates to me!
I could think of some funny Forrest Gump lines, but I’ll spare you. 🙂
Wow Jann, these are simply spectacular. I was in Austin for the first time this spring. Sure wish I’d seen your post before heading there!
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The spring wildflowers often distract visitors from the signs. Next time you visit, get in touch for a guided tour of Vanishing Austin!
I’ve only been to Austin once for a teaching conference that took place there. I would LOVE to go back today and see so much more. My group didn’t want to do much other than shop, but not me. It was also Mardi Gras when I was there too and looked like so much fun, but not when you’re with people who go to bed at 9:30 😉
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There’s plenty of fun to be had in the wee early morning hours in Austin, too, if you roll (out) that way — which I don’t, usually. But I hope you get back. Shopping (local, of course) is great in Austin, but even better is the people-watching, sky-gazing, funky clever architecture, the unique mix of arts and eats and culture and drinks, and the mingling of the new urban hipsters with the old-timer keepin’ it weird hippies and the occasional real Texas rancher in boots and hat.