There is nothing to do in Pasadena. I lived right on its southern edge for a year and, when I did venture in it was for reasons such as going to traffic court, going to the social security office or general exploration.
The Washburn Tunnel is not a "thing to do" as such but, rather, something that should be noted.
In 1995, the Baytown Tunnel, crossing the Houston Ship Channel between Baytown and La Porte since 1948, ceased operations, having been replaced by the wider, prettier and more impressive Fred Hartman Bridge. The expectation was that the "Grand Parkway" would soon be pushed across the waterway along this route. Also, the tunnel had long ago far exceeded its traffic capacity and was generally a parking lot, particularly at rush hour.
But that closure left its slightly younger, less used cousin, the Washburn Tunnel, as the only underwater tunnel in Texas, and one of only a handful in the South (the tunnels in Mobile are the only ones I could come up with).
The Washburn, particularly from its southern shore in the empty and decaying Downtown Pasadena, is difficult to reach and not well signed. SH 225 to the south towers over its small feeder streets, giving no real indication that the tunnel is there. And, for many people outside of Pasadena and Galena Park, the tunnel may as well not exist.
Just to change things up on my weekly drives to The Woodlands while I was living there in 1999 and 2000, I would often take the tunnel to avoid the traffic of the freeways and the tolls of the Beltway 8 bridge. There's something inherently fascinating, at least to me, about tunnels. Maybe our natural claustrophobia, to which we're all susceptible to an extent, attracts me to them. Many people won't even go in them at all, choosing a life of tunnel-less neuroticism (your loss). But it made the drive a little more attractive.
The Washburn is an especially claustrophobic tunnel, with the occasional dead stops from cars in the front, it is just two, narrow lanes (one in each direction) in a structure that, although sound, certainly looks its 60 years.
In 2008, much to my pleasure, the structure was added to the National Registry of Historic Places, sealing its place in suburban eastern Houston as the tube that most people have never heard of.
There's plenty of cat fish to catch just outside of Pasadena, this is one of Brother Love's favorit past times.
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This is a big landmark in town, all the big blockbusters of Hollywood are played here, we prefer to stay away from reading subtitles or watch filthy profanity that others call art.
Most of y'all out there probably didn't realize that, you may of thought of oil or our movie theater, but I bet you haven't thought of the many different size, shapes and colors people in this city come from. Here's a photo of our most precious resourse. Our children.
When in Pasadena, do as we do, get yourself out to a Longhorns game and see why they are Pasadena's finest. You can see them at our Rose Bowl Statium one of our many beautiful landmarks. If you see me, since I preach about the evils of alcohol, I'll buy you a hot dog.