Photo-Mashing Old & Modern Houston, Volume 6: Astrodome Edition

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For our sixth installment of vintage photos mashed with their present-day locations, we entered the doomed Reliant Astrodome with photos from a 1968 Astrodome tour guide. It highlighted numerous events the dome accommodated It opened in 1965 as the Harris County Domed Stadium. From being the home of the Houston Astros and the Oilers, it was also host to three-ring circuses, boxing matches, rodeos and basketball games. Billy Graham set records with a 1965 visit, and the Dome hosted a political rally featuring President Lyndon B. Johnson.

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All photos by Abrahan Garza.
8. Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus (at this time was owned by the families of Roy Hofheinz, Irvin and Israel Feld)

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7. President Lyndon B. Johnson visits the Astrodome.

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6. Billy Graham's Crusade for Christ in 1965 brought over 61,000 people to the Astrodome.

Here's an interesting video showcasing the visit:

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Cool photos, one can only wonder how we let this landmark fall into such a state of disrepair.

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