The Astrodome

The Eighth Wonder of the World

Designed by architects Hermon Lloyd & W.B. Morgan, and Wilson, Morris, Crain and Anderson and built at a cost of $35 million (1965 dollars), the Astrodome opened in 1965 as the “Harris County Domed Stadium.”  Eighteen stories tall, covering 9 ½ acres, and with a dome of 710 feet in diameter, it was built as part of the deal to bring Major League Baseball expansion team, the Colt .45s (later renamed the Astros) to Houston – the city’s subtropical climate required an air-conditioned indoor stadium to make summertime sports viable.  
 
Conceived as a multi-use arena, the Astrodome was also home to NFL team the Houston Oilers and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.  It was also the site of many notable music concerts and political events, including Hubert Humphrey’s 1968 campaign rally and the 1992 Republican National Convention.  No longer in regular use, for two weeks in September 2005, the Astrodome served as a temporary shelter for Katrina evacuees from New Orleans. 
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“Game of the Century” Retrospective (1982)
KPRC-TV segment reflecting on the 1968 basketball game between the Houston Cougars and UCLA Bruins at the...
Thomas F. Freeman Collection, no. 61 - Christmas at Mt. Horem, Evel Knievel at the Astrodome (1...
Home movie footage of Christmas 1970 and Evel Knievel’s historic 13 car jump at the Houston Astrodome in ...
Thomas F. Freeman Collection, no. 58 - The Jackson 5 at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo (197
Home movie footage of the Jackson 5 playing the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo in 1974
The Tyrrell Historical Library Collection - Coach Bum Phillips (1980)
PM Magazine segment for Beaumont’s KFDM-TV about Bum Phillips, head coach for the Houston Oilers
The Steve Douglass Collection - Trip to Houston (1976)
Home movie capturing some of the Space City’s top attractions, such as the Astrodome and Johnson Space Ce...
The President, November 1968
Footage of the activities of President Johnson in November 1968
The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips, October 14-17, 1968
KHOU news clips from October 1968, including press conferences with General Bernard Schriever and Governo...
The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips, January 26 - February 23, 1968
KHOU news clips from January and February 1968, including segments about the release of a American prison...
The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips, August 21, 1971
KHOU-TV news clips from August 21, 1971, including an interview with Houston Oilers quarterback Dan Pasto...
The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips, 1965
KHOU news clips from late 1965, including the return of astronauts Jim Lovell and Frank Borman following ...
The KHOU-TV Collection - Billy Graham Sermon at the Astrodome (1965)
Unedited news footage of a religious service led by Christian evangelist Billy Graham at the Astrodome, w...
The John Henry Kirby Family Collection - Astro Grand Prix Midget Racing (1969)
Home movie of the Astro Grand Prix of Midget Racing at the Houston Astrodome
The Jeoffroy Collection - Astrodome, Pecan Farm, Cotton Field
Home movie scenes of the Houston Astrodome shortly after it was constructed and a pecan farm and cotton f...
The Gray Collection - Elvis Presley at the Astrodome (1970)
Home movie of the King of Rock and Roll's return to touring with a live concert at the Houston Livestock ...
The Banuelos Family Collection - AstroWorld (1983)
Home movie of a visit to Six Flags AstroWorld in Houston, including a ride on the Texas Cyclone roller co...
LBJ Hears Graham: President Attends Crusade for Christ (1965)
Universal Newsreel reporting on President Johnson attending Billy Graham’s “Crusade for Christ” at the As...
Houston...and then some
In this 1976 production, Harris County Commissioner Bob Eckles speaks to Houston-area residents, explaini...
Houston Astros and the Astrodome
KPRC news clips from the 1960s and 1970s capturing construction of the Astrodome as well as events held i...
Football - NC State vs. Houston
North Carolina State University pulls upset of week, topping heavily favored University of Houston 16 to 6.
Ernie Terrell vs. Cassius Clay (1965)
Newsreel footage describes the upcoming bout between world heavyweight champion Cassius Clay and challeng...
Commissioner Jim Fonteno Presents A Precinct 2 Training Film - New Employee Orientation (1990)
Orientation film familiarizing new employees with the organization of Harris County government
Cassius Clay in Texas (1967)
Newsreel footage relating Cassius Clay’s appeals to the Draft Board.
Brewster McCloud Original Trailer (1970)
Theatrical trailer for the feature film Brewster McCloud
Behind the Scenes with the Derrick Dolls (1994)
Behind the scenes footage of the Houston Oilers’ cheerleaders preparing for a game at the Astrodome
Baseball Underway: Houston’s Stadium is This Year’s Star (1965)
Universal Newsreel reporting on the “spanking new” Astrodome in Houston and LBJ throwing out the first pitch
Austin Airwaves - Katrina Alternative Media Project (2005)
Home video documenting the work of the Katrina Alternative Media Project and stories from Katrina evacuee...
34th Annual Houston Rodeo
Bull and broncos invade Houston's Astrodome to take on the cowboys and as usual the animals have the bett...
1977 National Women's Conference: A Question of Choices
Film documenting the National Women’s Conference held in Houston in 1977