If you drive by the Houston Astrodome today, it looks like an abandoned building that is on its last legs. However, the Houston Astrodome was deemed the “Eighth Wonder of the World” when it first opened in 1965, and for good reason. At the time, Astro-turf was state of the art and the Dome was the FIRST indoor, air-conditioned stadium. I love to write about Houston Nostalgia just as much as Victoria Nostalgia.
It's hard to believe that it has been 23 years since the last game was played there. The final game was played on October 9, 1999, as the Braves defeated the Astros 7-5 in the National League Divisional Round of the playoffs. We hope that will not be the case this year! The Houston Astros are getting ready for what I would like to call a serious playoff run. They have secured home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with the best record in the American League. These pictures should bring back memories.
Things We Also Miss in Houston:: Astroworld and Waterworld Theme Parks
The final date of park operation for Astroworld was October 30, 2005, and it was soon demolished afterward. The site still sits vacant and is used as overflow parking for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Share what your favorite ride at Astroworld was in the Facebook comments of this post.
Check out some of the iconic rollercoasters that Astrowold brought us:
THE TEXAS CYCLONE:
Who remembers Texas Cyclone? It was an iconic wooden roller coaster that became a symbol of Houston Texas.
X-L-R-8 was the first thrill ride I ever went on. The suspended steel coaster definitely brought up the adrenaline.
TAZ'S TEXAS TORNADO:
This roller coaster didn't open until March 14, 1998, and was renamed Taz Texas Tornado. I still remember Taz in the commercials.
During its run at Six Flags AstroWorld, it featured a tunnel surrounding the first drop. The exterior had a dragon mural although most people mistook it for a Viper. I mean that is the name of the ride.
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Stacker took the guesswork out of 50 random events to determine just how likely they are to actually happen. They sourced their information from government statistics, scientific articles, and other primary documents. Keep reading to find out why expectant parents shouldn't count on due dates -- and why you should be more worried about dying on your birthday than living to 100 years old.
LOOK: Here are the 50 best beach towns in America
Every beach town has its share of pluses and minuses, which got us thinking about what makes a beach town the best one to live in. To find out, Stacker consulted data from WalletHub, released June 17, 2020, that compares U.S. beach towns. Ratings are based on six categories: affordability, weather, safety, economy, education and health, and quality of life. The cities ranged in population from 10,000 to 150,000, but they had to have at least one local beach listed on TripAdvisor. Read the full methodology here. From those rankings, we selected the top 50. Readers who live in California and Florida will be unsurprised to learn that many of towns featured here are in one of those two states.
Keep reading to see if your favorite beach town made the cut.