Where the Streets Have New Names: 20 Houston Streets That Change Names


West Gray Street/Inwood Drive

I imagine that, at some point, West Gray probably ended at Shepherd because there is such a dramatic difference between it and Inwood Drive. From four lanes to two, shopping centers to mansions. Perhaps the most interesting changes in the city.

Westheimer/Elgin Street

In yet another very long road beginning way out west of town, it begins as Westheimer and traverses strip malls, the Montrose and, eventually, the Fourth Ward near the University of Houston after becoming Elgin.

Bissonnet Street/Binz Street/Calumet Street

And now we move into the streets that change names multiple times. And you thought two was weird. Bissonnet makes for the longest stretch, connecting the far west part of Houston with the Museum District, the Medical Center and even the area around Texas Southern University.

San Felipe Street/Vermont Street/Willard Street

After splitting off from Memorial Drive, San Felipe passes through the Galleria area and River Oaks before becoming Vermont and, ultimately, Willard in the Montrose.

Claremont Lane/Buffalo Speedway/Willowbend

Once again, River Oaks lays waste to a street name as Claremont Lane leaves that moniker behind at Westheimer, where it turns into Buffalo Speedway. In one of the stranger changes, it becomes Willowbend at a random bend in the road out near South Main.

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marmer
marmer

I know you gave the disclaimer that divided streets don't count, but the impact that the West Loop has on Braeswood can't be ignored.  When driving west from Southside Place/Braeswood Place:  Holcombe turns into Bellaire, as you mentioned, North Braeswood turns into Beechnut, and most confusing of all, South Braeswood turns into North Braeswood.   A new South Braeswood springs off of the bottom corner of the West Loop feeder road.  Then, past Hillcroft, North Braeswood combines with South Braeswood and continues with the South Braeswood name.   At the other end of Braeswood in the Med Center, Braeswood turns into MacGregor.

MichaelTMyers
MichaelTMyers

11th St. and Pecore. This may be a case like 20th and Cavalcade, in which they weren't originally the same street and were eventually expanded toward each other to meet at a not-perfectly-aligned point at the common cross street (in Pecore's case, Michaux). 


Curious: the westbound Metro bus route #40 is called "Pecore" despite traveling on that street for only 3 blocks between Watson and Michaux. 

mollusk
mollusk

For years Montrose Boulevard ended at Buffalo Bayou, and Studewood ended at White Oak Bayou.  The connector that eventually got built to hook them together just borrowed both names, hence Studemont.

Valerie181
Valerie181

Cavalcade/W. Cavalcade -- E. 20th/W. 20th

currentlyvince
currentlyvince

Just remembered this one while driving today: Harwin Drive -> Alief-Clodine Road

skquinn1
skquinn1

Clay/West 43rd changes names more times than listed. East of Shepherd, it becomes Crosstimbers/East Crosstimbers, then Weaver (briefly), then Ley Road, then Green River Drive for the last mile or so before unceremoniously petering out into some industrial property.

gossamersixteen
gossamersixteen topcommenter

Forgot a couple like Kirby becomes Allen Parkway, or Shepherd becomes Veterans Memorial, and later Stuebner Airline. Oh and FM1960 is Cypress Creek Parkway or something nowadays.

Hanabi-chan
Hanabi-chan topcommenter

How about Richey>Winkler>Monroe out in the the SE side? (Side note here, it drives me batshit crazy when traffic reporters say Richey St when they mean to refer to Richey Road. They are not one and the same and are on opposite sides of town. )

I used to work on Renwick, very near the intersection with Westpark. No matter how many times I gave directions to delivery drivers, the concept of Fountainview changes names to Renwick once you hit Westpark seemed to cause nothing but confusion.

b0004
b0004

"Soon, 6th Street will finally connect Shepherd with Yale Street -- something [some] folks in the Heights have wanted for years"


I (as a Heights folk) have neither wanted a 6th street connection nor a north side feeder road (TxDOT, the gift that keeps on giving - like herpes).


for historical reasons … White Oak changes to Quitman because it crosses the Little White Oak Bayou.  Quitman does not change to Liberty, it is connected to it. The two both exist parallel to each other for several blocks on either side of the connection.

johnnybench
johnnybench topcommenter

Hirsch Rd -> Broyles St -> Altoona St -> Waco St. -> Hirsch Rd (redux?) -> N. York -> Scott St.

johnnybench
johnnybench topcommenter

Reveille/Telephone/and the N. Main of south Houston/Pearland. 

rich5371
rich5371

May not count since it may be officially going into Stafford, but we also have Wilcrest - Murphy aka FM 1092.

johnnybench
johnnybench topcommenter

Beechnut/North Braeswood/North MacGregor too.

Sylvia Lawler
Sylvia Lawler

There's also 20th/Cavalcade the weird N and S Braeswood switch.

currentlyvince
currentlyvince

Bammel North Houston -> North Houston Rosslyn -> Bingle -> Voss -> Hillcroft (eventually feeding Fort Bend Tollway) is another good one.



Caz1
Caz1

@mollusk  That's the most insight I've read off this website in years.  Thanks!

jeffbalke
jeffbalke

@gossamersixteen  Yeah, I have the 1960 one on the list. Shepherd doesn't actually turn into Veterans. Shepherd merges with the freeway and you go left to get onto Veterans which, moving south, merges with the feeder road. All technicalities that don't make it any less confusing.

jeffbalke
jeffbalke

@Hanabi-chan  I looked at Richey (which by the way is Richey Street off 45 S and Richey ROAD off 45 N - ack), but one person pointed out to me that Richey and Monroe aren't technically the same road. Again with the technicalities. Good idea for sure.

jeffbalke
jeffbalke

@b0004  When I lived over off Shepherd and 11th, I always wanted that thing to cut through and I hated not having a feeder road. To each his own.

jeffbalke
jeffbalke

@johnnybench  Another good one. I think that Telepone technically merges with the Beltway, but still good pull.

jeffbalke
jeffbalke

@rich5371  Good one. I did not have that mentioned to me or see it myself, but a good add. Thanks.

jeffbalke
jeffbalke

@johnnybench  This was a tricky one I considered, but because Braeswood splits in half and connects to both Beechnut and Bissonnet, I decided against it. It is hella confusing though for sure.

gossamersixteen
gossamersixteen topcommenter

Technically headed north on Shepherd there is a light before the freeway and the street veers slightly to the left but it easily could be taken for the same street. Let us not even try to tackle the logic behind TC Jester, that's truly a WTF were they thinking road.

Hanabi-chan
Hanabi-chan topcommenter

You are probably correct, but to me they are one continuous street.

Here's another possible addition to the list: Texas>Harrisburg>Broadway.

(Edited to add: Doesn't Memorial Drive turn into Texas Ave after I-45?)

dyww
dyww

@jeffbalke @currentlyvince  Love this post.  Actually, Bingle does not become Voss, it merges with a little side street called Voss.

currentlyvince
currentlyvince

@jeffbalke Whoa! I would swear that wasn't there the first time my browswer loaded the page! :) Then I'll just add that it's not unprecedented action to "fix" something like this. What was North MacGregor -> Cambridge Street -> Holt Street all got renamed to just Cambridge Street a few years ago.

jeffbalke
jeffbalke

@gossamersixteen  Oh, agreed completely. The whole thing is totally bizarre. I drove Shepherd every day for like 20 years and I drive TC virtually every day now. I'm blessed I guess.

MichaelTMyers
MichaelTMyers

@dyww @jeffbalke @currentlyvince  True, Voss and Bingle run parallel to each other for a few blocks between I-10 and Westview. North of Westview Voss becomes Bracher St.

b0004
b0004

@jeffbalke there are costs associated to residences and (mostly) businesses that are on roads that change their name. (just something that is to be weighed before doing it)


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