November 2018 Photo Contest
Focus on Texas: Abandoned Buildings
Don’t neglect the additional reader photos of abandoned buildings

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    Rebecca Daughtry, San Patricio EC: Travel the back roads of Texas and you’ll find this abandoned treasure from generations past at the corner of FM 796 and 797.
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    Reagan Ferguson, Central Texas EC: Inside an old West Texas schoolhouse.
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    Amber Benson, Grayson-Collin EC: Sunset at Big Bend Ranch State Park.
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    Boyd Dreyer, Pedernales EC: An old farmhouse.
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    Carol Holbert, Concho Valley EC: Bob’s Oil Well in Matador.
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    Web Extra: George Gilchrist, San Patricio EC: “Abandoned gas station utilized local petrified wood as decorative and functional veneer. Folklore has it that during Prohibition, the station sold more moonshine than gas.”
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    Web Extra: John Hobbs, Bryan Texas Utilities: An old farmstead on U.S. 79 near Thrall.
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    Web Extra: Paul Lauder, Farmers EC: Abandoned barn along Highway 5.
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    Web Extra: Bobby Norris, Pedernales EC: “The Old Crawford Mill is located on FM 1105 near Walburg. It was the movie set location for the filming of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre in 2003.”
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    Web Extra: Tim Benson, Lyntegar EC: Old grain elevator in Anton.
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    Web Extra: Rick Roberson, United Cooperative Services: “Facing the western sky, this old home has witnessed many a sunset in the small town of Lingleville. This particular evening did not disappoint as the setting sun cast its glow onto the crumbling facade with the eastern clouds offering a stunning backdrop.”
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    Web Extra: Linda Pratt, Pedernales EC: A barn on U.S. 183 in Leander.
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    Web Extra: Rick Blackmore, Pedernales EC: Set of Contrabando in Big Bend State Park.
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    Web Extra: Amanda McCuistion, Central Texas EC: Old school in Premont.
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    Web Extra: James YBarbo, Deep East Texas EC: Abandoned Airstream in Terlingua under the Milky Way.
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    Web Extra: Russell Marwitz, Heart of Texas EC: An old gin in Sharp, Milam County.
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    Web Extra: Linda Blezinger, Farmers EC: “Buzzard has decided this old barn is home.”
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    Web Extra: Pat McNabb, Lea County EC: “There are so many old abandoned houses around our area as times changed and people moved away or moved to ‘town.’ Always makes me wish the walls could talk and tell the stories of the families and good times from long ago.”
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    Web Extra: Arbret Yager, South Plains EC: Near Lorenzo.
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    Web Extra: Danny Vivian, Nueces EC: The old Isaacks Glass Company building in Beeville.
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    Web Extra: Melissa Metz, Lamb County EC: “All the rustic cabins at this place were long since abandoned, but I just loved the old sign.”
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    Web Extra: David Largent, HILCO EC: The Dorgan House was the home of flood plain farmers in the Big Bend.
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    Web Extra: Cody Watson, Taylor EC: The old house across the street.
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    Web Extra: Renee Robnett, Farmers EC: “The original Gober, Texas, post office established in 1879. It has been moved down the road to a modern facility.”
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    Web Extra: Brooke Skahan, Trinity Valley EC: Terrell State Hospital.

Once vital parts of the community, abandoned buildings now stand quietly as we go about our daily lives. Amidst the ruin there is beauty, as the surrounding landscape slowly takes over.

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