Tuesday, February 24, 2015
What happened to the Barker Store & Post Office?
So an incredible Saturday found me hung over on Sunday and in no condition to challenge personal records on Strava. I still needed to get out and get some time on the bike. So I rode through George Bush Park, around the reservoir, to where Highway 6 and Terry Hershey Park meet. I decided I would make frequent stops and enjoy the park. Usually my rides on this route are a hurried commute or a test of how fast I can ride. It had been two years since I actually rode through the park to appreciate the park. Damn if I didn't miss a major change.
On Barker-Clodine Rd as you exit the park to the North there is an old church. Next to the church stood the Barker General Store and Post Office established in 1898. I loved that this old building was still standing. Clearly it has moved from its original location on Barker St but that was great. Someone in Houston gave a shit. Someone cared enough to preserve this old piece of history. Well it’s gone now. I have been banging away at Google but can’t seem to find anything about a planned relocation. Good god don’t tell me this building became firewood. Between this building disappearing and no-one seeming to give a shit that TXDOT has a plan to destroy the bike path through the park, I don’t think I can take much more.
A coworker said he saw the building being put on a truck for moving. Can anyone confirm this or where it went? Here is an article about Barker, TX and some pictures I took of the building a couple years ago.