Tex, King of Tramps, 1933, McKee Street Bridge over Buffalo Bayou, Houston, Texas 0211121503
Houston's bridges have long provided temporary or longer term shelter, for Houston citizens, or those just passing through.
The McKee Street bridge over Buffalo Bayou, just east of downtown and at the heart of historic Frost Town, present day James Bute Park, has always been near the intersection of several railroads, which often carried transients.
I've spent a fair amount of time around the McKee bridge, on foot, bicycle and by kayak, but I'd missed something.
Last weekend, Kirk Farris, the artist and historian responsible for the recognition of Frost Town and the preservation of so many of Houston's historic places, told me about this painting under the bridge, so I took some pictures yesterday. Tex, King of Tramps, had passed here, in 1933, the year following the bridge's completion.
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