Ghost Towns of Texas by T. Lindsay Baker

By T. Lindsay Baker

"The indefatigable T. Lindsay Baker has now grew to become his huge, immense psychological and actual energies to the topic and has dropped at view - if to not lifestyles -eighty-six Texas ghost cities for the reader's excitement. Baker lists 3 standards for inclusion: tangible continues to be, public entry, and statewide assurance. In every one case Baker reviews concerning the town's founding, its former value, and the explanations for its decline. There are maps and directions for attaining each one website and diverse images exhibiting the earlier and current prestige of every. The modern photographs have been taken, in such a lot circumstances, via Baker himself, who proves as adept a photographer as he's researcher and writer....Baker has performed his paintings completely and good, inside of limits imposed by means of necessity. He evidently had a good time within the strategy and it exhibits in his prose."---New Mexico old assessment

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During the preparation of this book I have driven over 25,000 miles in all parts of Texas to locate and document abandoned towns. As I told my friends, it was a magnificent excuse to visit scores of places that I had heard about but never seen. During these five years I have averaged about one month out of every twelve camping as I sought out ghost towns. While conducting the fieldwork I visited over three hundred abandoned towns throughout Texas. They ranged from virtually intact but empty towns to bare sites in cultivated fields indistinguishable from any others nearby.

The Texas Military Institute operated as an adjunct to the school to provide military training for the young men. Belle Plain College flourished for a few years, but the severe West Texas drought of 1886-87 dealt it a blow from which it never fully recovered. As the fields and pastures seared from the heat, many residents of the area were forced to leave just to find employment. Already facing financial problems, the school floundered though it did not close its doors until 1892. Belle Plain College, however, outlived the town of Belle Plain.

At each site the town had a different post office name: Deland, Tucker, and finally Calf Creek. In its final location the town had its post office, a store, a dry goods and millinery shop, two cotton gins, a seven-grade school, a large cemetery, and even a telephone exchange. During the early years at Calf Creek, its families generally went by wagon to the county seat at Brady only twice a year, to buy clothes for winter and for summer. The men in the community took turns traveling into town for supplies, someone going about every two weeks and bringing back staple groceries and other goods for himself and everyone else.

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