Texas Over Time: McLendon Hardware and Higginbotham Hardware Company Building, Waco, Tx

August 16, 2018 geoff_hunt

Texas has changed quite a bit over the years, as is readily seen in our vast photograph and postcard collections. To help bring some of those changes to life, we’ve created a “Texas over Time” series of Meta Slider’s that will illustrate the construction and renovations of buildings, street scenes, and more. Our collections are especially strong on Waco and Baylor images, but look for some views beyond the Heart of Texas, too.

Higginbotham Hardware/McLendon Hardware Building, Waco, TX

The former McLendon Hardware and Higginbotham Hardware Company building located at 3rd and Mary Streets was completed in 1911.This building has served many uses throughout the years despite being damaged by the deadly tornado of May 11, 1953. After extensive repair, renovation, and repurposing to this structure it is now home to the Shops at River Square Center and has as one of its anchors Ninfa’s Mexican Restaurant.


1910s Photo by Fred Gildersleeve, and recent Photo by Geoff Hunt, The Texas Collection, Baylor University.
General Photo Files: Waco-McClendon/Higginbotham Hardware


The Higgenbotham Hardware Building can be seen in the lower middle portion of this aerial image from circa 1950.
General Photo Files: Waco Aerials-1950s


Damage shown as a result of the Waco tornado of May 11, 1953-3rd and Mary Street view-Higginbotham Hardware ceased operations due to damages soon after the event.
General Photo Files: Waco-McClendon/Higginbotham Hardware


Waco News-Tribune July 18, 1953

Text and Meta Sliders by Geoff Hunt, The Texas Collection, Baylor University.

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