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Treasures of ‘Frost Town’ Unearthed Near Minute Maid Park

The Texas Department of Transportation does more than build roads and paint yellow lines. TxDOT also preserves sensitive archaeological sites in the path of highways and bridges. The man in charge of that is Jason Barrett. He’s an environmental specialist in archaeological studies in TxDOT’s environmental affairs division. Lately, he’s been learning about one of […]

Houston Matters microphonesThe Texas Department of Transportation does more than build roads and paint yellow lines. TxDOT also preserves sensitive archaeological sites in the path of highways and bridges.

The man in charge of that is Jason Barrett. He’s an environmental specialist in archaeological studies in TxDOT’s environmental affairs division. Lately, he’s been learning about one of the earliest neighborhoods in Houston’s history: Frost Town.

Long since buried by the railroad and other signs of modern progress, the original “Frostown” settlement predated the Allen Brothers. And by the early 20th century, it was a working-class neighborhood with a largely immigrant population.

Barrett shares what he’s learned about it.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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