(Above photo: Aerial view of Barker Cypress Rd., facing north from the intersection with I-10/Katy Freeway, August 2013)
Barker-Cypress Rd. runs north and south between the towns of, yes that's right, Barker and Cypress; two railroad towns that were active in the turn of the 20th century. However the present-day route of Barker-Cypress Rd. is somewhat different from the original. At the end of the 1970's, the original Barker-Cypress route was simplified by adding a bypass segment through the woods that would eliminate a whole bunch of doglegs and left/right turns. The bypassed parts of the original Barker-Cypress became known as Saums, Greenhouse, Old Greenhouse, and Gummert.
In Cypress, the road originally came to intersect with Hempstead Rd, and continued no further north. After the extension of the 290 freeway into and beyond Cypress, Barker-Cypress Rd. was extended further north, serving many newer residential and commercial developments.
For me as a child growing up in Copperfield, Barker-Cypress Rd. represented the edge of the world. My family didn't often drive that far west for any reason, and my friends and I would occasionally ride our bikes along Longenbaugh until we hit Barker-Cypress and turn around. It was just two lanes surrounded by nothing but tall grass and random houses. Some time around the end of the 20th century, Barker-Cypress was widened, and had one sharp curve smoothed out between West Rd. and 290. After that, neighborhoods like Riata Ranch began popping up alongside the street, and soon, businesses followed. Now, Barker-Cypress is growing rapidly, similar to the way Highway 6 did.
I wish I had the foresight to have gotten some photographs of Barker-Cypress before it began growing, but I only began taking notice around 2005. I have posted everything I could find in my photo archives of Barker-Cypress.
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: Aerial photo of Barker-Cypress Rd. at I-10, facing north. Notice the curved access road on the south side of Barker-Cypress. This was part of the original intersection design in which I-10 stayed at ground level, and Barker-Cypress passed over it (similar to the present-day intersection of Barker-Cypress with 290). This configuration was changed during the I-10 overhaul from 2006-2008.