The Astrodome at Fifty

The Astrodome turns fifty this week, and you’ll be hearing a lot about the building–and the Astrodome Book— in the news.

You might want to begin by turning your clock back fifty years with this excerpt from the book, recalling early April of 1965, and the week that the Houston Astros moved into their brand-new ballpark and found a few problems.

Next, move on to the Houston Chronicle’s Bayou City History Blog, and a new piece by author Jim Gast about the Dome’s close call at the polls in 1962.

Then take a look as Chronicle columnist Lisa Falkenberg thinks big about the Astrodome’s future, and includes several quotes from the book.

But there’s no time like the present, and you won’t want to miss a rare opportunity to visit the Dome on Thursday evening. Harris County Judge Emmett, Preservation Houston and the National Trust for Historic Preservation are sponsoring a special 50th birthday party for the “Eighth Wonder of the World,” offering a free celebration of music, food and drinks, followed by a rare opportunity for the public go inside the historic Astrodome for a photo with friends and family.