Lee Road is shown by Google to be in both Humble and Houston. I find that fact quite interesting, considering that Lee Road is only a few miles long. This short roadway connects Spring Creek and U.S. Highway 59/Interstate 69. It has only two lanes with a center-turn lane in some spots, but it provides easier access to George H. W. Bush Intercontinental Airport for those who live along the eastern section of FM 1960.
However, in the 1940s, Lee Road was a dirt pathway which provided a faster drive to Hwy. 59 South for those who lived more than 2 miles west of Humble. On rainy days, the dirt road became a muddy, frightening path for those of us riding a school bus. The bus never slipped into the ditch, but it did slide around at times. I don’t remember when it was paved, but a level roadway was a blessing to those who shared the long bus ride to Aldine schools.
Lee Road began just south of the banks of Spring Creek and it ended at Hwy. 59. From Spring Creek to FM 1960 was vacant fields except for one house, a barn, some small storage sheds, and an outhouse on the east side. This property belonged to Mr. Romer. He rented it to families who cared for his livestock and property. If the family included children, they became our friends and we trekked through the woods for visits and play times.
We also walked along the road to Spring Creek to swim on warm summer days. Our last walk to the creek was the day a car full of young people passed us on the road. We were going home; they were going for a swim. The car, traveling at a high speed, passed us again before we reached FM 1960. We later learned that a woman who was with the group had drowned in the creek that day.
In the 1940s and ‘50s, about 2 miles south of FM 1960, our bus passed Francis Dairy on the west side and the Fred Henry Dairy and another dairy on the east side. The children of the owners and employees of the dairies became our friends as we shared the bus ride to school. Farther down Lee Road were the Log Cabin Restaurant and a few private homes. Otherwise, the road bordered vacant properties.
In the 1960s, things changed dramatically for Lee Road. The City of Houston and the Federal Aviation Administration purchased the dairy farms to build the Houston Intercontinental Airport which was later renamed George H. W. Bush Intercontinental Airport. While the airport was under construction and after it opened, people would park along Lee Road to watch the airplanes land and take off. There was a nice viewing area just north of Greens Road. But that didn’t last.
With terrorism came added security for airports. The section of Lee Road south of Will Clayton Boulevard was rerouted. When looking at the map, Lee Road seems to connect to Kenswick Drive at Will Clayton. Actually, from the south, one has to make a U-turn on Will Clayton about where Kenswick Road ends and drive west to get to Lee Road on the north. The road on the south curves around an airport runway. Lee Road is no longer a straight path from FM 1960 to Hwy. 59. There continues to be some small residential subdivisions along Lee Road south of the airport; however, there are no viewing areas, just warning signs to not stop on the side of the road.
The access to Spring Creek has been blocked, and Mr. Romer’s property is now a residential neighborhood with a subdivision on the west side of the road. Lee Road from FM 1960 to Will Clayton is now heavily traveled by traffic going to and from the airport or those trying to miss the congestion that is now at the intersection of FM 1960 and Hwy. 59. The Lee Road of my memories no longer exists.
May you have a Happy New Year and the roads you travel lead to many new adventures in 2021.