Enter If You Dare: Check Out These 7 Texas Ghost Towns
Driving back down to Abilene from North Texas the other weekend, I took some back roads. After all, Texas is huge and I was in the mood to see some of it I hadn't seen before. As I made my way from town to town, there were some I have never even heard of and I'm a native Texan. The cool part to me was seeing all the remnants that were left behind. Old crumbled buildings with rusted-out gas pumps, old signs, and cemeteries. Signs of a past community.
That got me thinking about some of the ghost towns in Texas and believe me when I tell you there's plenty. In my research, I've found where it numbers in the hundreds. Take a look at some of the ones I uncovered.
ENTER IF YOU DARE: CHECK OUT THESE 7 TEXAS GHOST TOWNS
Glen Rio started out as a small railroad community named Rock Island but was renamed in 1908. Its original structures were made of adobe. This ghost town sits on the Texas-New Mexico border.
When I drove through this ghost town the only thing in sight was an old gas station, some crumbled buildings, and a couple of inhabitable houses. It does kind of have that creepy abandoned feeling.
Catarina is a town trying its hardest to cling to life. Although the population here is just over 100 people, it has plenty of abandoned buildings and no post office.
This one lands close to home, located between Abilene and Buffalo Gap. It was settled in 1889 by the Kincaid family. Then, in 1901 the Kincaid school was opened growing to about 30 students. The cemetery is all that remains.
This ghost town at one time had a population of up to 5,000 people. But, in 1875 a powerful hurricane struck destroying the town. It was rebuilt only to be leveled by another hurricane in 1886 which was followed by a fire. This town has not had the best of luck.
There's not much left of this ghost town that was settled in the mid-nineteenth century by a man named Van Horn Wells. The area was known for its wells and at the time, the only water sources within a 100-mile radius. The town has been abandoned since 1991.
Terlingua is an old mining town located close to the Rio Grande. It was mined for cinnabar from which mercury is extracted. All that remains are old mining remnants...and one old and amazing cemetery.
The above is just a splash in the bucket compared to how many ghost towns are in the Lone Star State. To me, abandoned places have always been interesting and just a little on the creepy side.
If you find history interesting and you enjoy a good spooky legend, check out below for some good ones from right here in Texas.