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Fry Road Corridor

  

(Above photo: Fry Road at Tuckerton, entrance to Cypress Creek Lakes community, August 2012)

 I chose to chronicle the development of Fry Rd. in West Harris County due to its striking resemblance to the development of FM 1960.  I was too young to capture volumes of photos of FM 1960 before it became what we travel on today, but Fry Rd. is going to be a similar story, and I felt priveleged to be able to start from the beginning.

   Fry Road originally began at I-10 in the early 20th century, and gradually expanded north and south over the years. The road had a northern terminus at FM 529 until the late 1990's, and grew south past Westheimer Rd. into George Bush Park.  In the beginning of the 21st century, Fry Rd. began to expand north of 529 to serve the new Cy-Springs High School.  By 2005, construction on Fry Road took off like a shot, and cut all the way to US 290, merging with the old Cypress Rosehill Rd.  I remember first traveling the new six mile stretch of Fry after it first opened, and there wasn't a traffic signal for the entire distance between FM 529 and US 290.  The speed limit was posted at 45mph, but the traffic was moving at an average of 60mph.  It was perhaps the best length of road for test driving a car in the whole western half of Houston.

   I began documenting images of Fry Road between FM 529 and US 290, starting in late 2005 after the new expansion opened.  Everything south of that had already begun to develop.  This new section of road was completely bare...just bright white concrete, power lines, and miles and miles of open prairie on either side of the road.  Gradually, I began noticing some streets extending out to Fry Rd.  Longenbaugh, Tuckerton, Bridgeland Lakes Parkway...one by one, the traffic signals started going up.  By early 2012, the new Cypress Creek Lakes neighborhood was well under development, with acres and acres of land being carved out to support the new community.  There were not a lot of homes yet, but most of the major roads had been carved out, as well as the numerous lakes, ponds, and community centers that populate the area.  

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FM 529 TO US HWY 290

2005
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2005 001.jpg : Northbound on Fry Rd. shortly after the segment between FM 529 and 290 opened.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2005 002.jpg : Northbound on Fry Rd., a discard photo that I later felt justified in adding to the page.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov 2005 010.jpg : Southbound on Fry Rd. in November 2005.

2006
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov2006 008.jpg : Standing on the northeast corner of Fry & Longenbaugh, Oct. 2006, facing Woodie Coker Andre Elementary School, named after the female principal Woodie Andre who presided over Lowery Elemetary during my years there as a student.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov2006 009.jpg : Facing east along Longenbaugh from Fry Rd., Oct. 2006.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov2006 010.jpg : Facing south along Fry from Longenbaugh towards the southeast corner, Oct. 2006.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov2006 011.jpg : Distant shot of the northeast corner of Fry & Longenbaugh, Oct. 2006.

2007
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2007 005.jpg : The intersection of Fry Rd. & 290, facing south from 290 overpass, Jan. 2007.  The little road that branches off from Fry on the left of the photo is the southern tip of Cypress-Rosehill Rd., which was consumed by the expansion of Fry Road to 290.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2007 006.jpg : The undeveloped southwest corner of Fry Rd. & 290, Jan. 2007.

2008
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Mar 2008 015.jpg : Facing the northwest corner of Fry & Hempstead Rd., March 2008.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Mar 2008 016.jpg : Fry & Hempstead Rd., facing west along railroad tracks, March 2008.  In the distance is the old rice drier that once stood at the entrance of Black Horse Ranch.

2009
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 16 Pic 07.jpg : Facing south along Fry from N. Bridgeland Lake Pkwy/Cypress N. Houston, Apr. 2009.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 16 Pic 08.jpg : Cypress Ranch High School, southeast corner of Fry & Cypress N. Houston, Apr. 2009.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 16 Pic 09.jpg : Facing west along N. Bridgeland Lake Pkwy. from Fry, Apr. 2009.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 16 Pic 10.jpg : Northeast corner of Fry & Cypress N. Houston, Apr.2009.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 16 Pic 11.jpg : Southwest corner of Fry & N. Bridgeland Lake Pkwy., Apr. 2009.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 16 Pic 12.jpg : A shed at the northwest corner of Fry & N. Bridgeland Lake Pkwy., Apr. 2009.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 16 Pic 13.jpg : A walking trail leading into Bridgeland community from Fry, Apr. 2009.

2011
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 16 Pic 14.jpg : Intersection of Fry & Mound Rd., facing the northeast corner, June 2011.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 16 Pic 18.jpg : Eastbound on N. Bridgeland Lake Pkwy. approaching Fry Rd., June 2011.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 16 Pic 22.jpg : Southbound on Fry Rd. somewhere north of Tuckerton, south of Bridgeland, June 2011.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 16 Pic 23.jpg : Southbound on Fry Rd. at the curve just north of Tuckerton, June 2011.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 16 Pic 24.jpg : Southbound on Fry Rd. at the curve just north of Tuckerton, which is in the distance, June 2011.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 16 Pic 25.jpg : Southbound on Fry Rd. approaching Tuckerton Rd., June 2011.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 16 Pic 33.jpg : Southwest corner of Fry & Longenbaugh (Cy-Springs HS in the distance), June 2011.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 16 Pic 35.jpg : Advertisements for Canyon Lakes West on the southeast corner of Fry & Longenbaugh.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 16 Pic 36.jpg : Facing south along Fry between Longenbaugh & Tuckerton, June 2011.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 16 Pic 37.jpg : Facing north along Fry between Longenbaugh & Tuckerton, June 2011.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 16 Pic 40.jpg : Intersection of Fry & Tuckerton, facing north, June 2011.  Tuckerton was not opened up yet.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Album 16 Pic 44.jpg : Undeveloped southeast corner of Fry & FM 529, facing north along Fry, July 2011.

2012
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Feb 2012a 080.jpg : Fry Rd. & FM 529 facing east along FM 529 (black & white), Feb. 2012.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Feb 2012a 081.jpg : Fry Rd. & FM 529 facing east along FM 529 (black & white), version 2, Feb. 2012
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/May 2012a 063.jpg : Facing south along Fry at Tuckerton, with new Cypress Creek Lakes entrance sign under construction on the left, May 2012.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jun 2012a 020.jpg : Facing north along Fry at Tuckerton from the southeast corner, June 2012.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jun 2012a 022.jpg : The Cypress Creek Lakes entrance sign at Fry & Tuckerton southeast corner, June 2012.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jun 2012a 023.jpg : Facing north along Fry at Tuckerton from the southeast corner, June 2012.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jun 2012a 024.jpg : Facing south along Fry from Tuckerton from the southeast corner, June 2012.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jun 2012a 040.jpg : Intersection of Fry & FM 529, facing the northwest corner, June 2012.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jun 2012a 041.jpg : Intersection of Fry & FM 529, facing west, June 2012.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jun 2012a 042.jpg : A brand new supersized Shell station & Timewise store at southeast corner of Fry & FM 529.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2012a 085.jpg : Southbound on Fry, approaching Tuckerton Rd., Aug. 2012.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2012a 149.jpg : Fry & Tuckerton, facing west, Aug. 2012.  This is the current terminus of Tuckerton Rd.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2012a 187.jpg : Northbound at Fry & Longenbaugh, facing the northeast corner, Aug. 2012.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2012a 188.jpg : Northbound at Fry & Longenbaugh, facing the northwest corner & Andre Elementary, Aug. 2012.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2012a 190.jpg : The northeast corner of Fry & Tuckerton, Aug. 2012.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2012a 191.jpg : Northbound on Fry Rd., just north of Tuckerton, Aug. 2012.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2012a 192.jpg : Northbound on Fry Rd., just north of Tuckerton, Aug. 2012.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2012a 008.jpg : Cypress Creek Lakes entrance sign at Fry & Tuckerton, facing south, Oct. 2012.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2012a 024.jpg : Facing south along Fry from Longenbaugh, Oct. 2012.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov 2012a 032.jpg : Intersection of Fry & FM 529, facing east along FM 529, Nov. 2012.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Nov 2012a 033.jpg : Exxon station at northeast corner of Fry & Tealbrook Dr., Nov. 2012.

2013
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Jan 2013a 030.jpg :Cypress Creek Lakes entrance sign at Fry & Tuckerton, facing south, Jan. 2013.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2013a 050.jpg : Aerial photo of Fry Rd. at Tuckerton, Oct. 2013.  Tuckerton ended here.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Oct 2013a 051.jpg : Aerial photo of the curve in Fry Rd. between Tuckerton and Bridgeland Lakes Blvd.





DEVELOPMENT FROM 2014 ON

2014
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 093.JPG : Facing north on Fry Rd. at a new intersection south of Tuckerton., Aug. 2014.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 094.JPG : Facing east along the new road from Fry., Aug. 2014
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 095.JPG : Facing west along the new road from Fry, towards Grand Parkway, Aug. 2014.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2014a 096.JPG : Facing south on Fry Rd. at the unnamed intersection, Aug. 2014.

2015
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2015a 055.jpg : A new HEB Grocery store nearly finished with construction, Fry & Tuckerton, Aug. 2015.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2015a 056.jpg : A new HEB Grocery store nearly finished, Fry & Tuckerton, Aug. 2015.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2015a 057.jpg : The new gas pump island at the Fry & Tuckerton HEB store, Aug. 2015.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2015a 058.jpg : Facing south along Fry Rd. from the HEB parking lot at Tuckerton, Aug. 2015.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2015a 059.jpg : Traveling northbound on Fry Rd. from Tuckerton, Aug. 2015.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/theoldcopperfield/Aug 2015a 060.jpg : Traveling northbound on Fry Rd. approaching Warner Smith Blvd., Aug. 2015.