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Date: Tuesday, 08 Feb 2011 15:48
  Finally here they are, the pictures of our first visited "Ghost Town", Dextra some loaded onto this post, and some loaded onto the Dextra entry which can be found by clicking HERE. Above you see a picture of the home that I noted was particularly hard to enter, as you can probably now see why. This was the first shot taken of any portion of this abandoned town, and quite impressive. This building leans a little bit to its side, but, this alone is an impressive feat seeing as it has been around, and uninhabited since the early 1900s.
See the rest of the photo's below!, But go to the original entry to see some of the finer photographs.




The two buildings I visited in Dextra, the building closest is the two story home, the furthest, is the Church.

Upon entering the window on the left side of the two story house, we found an empty bottle of "Parrot Bay"

And up the super creepy stairs we go.

And a mysterious box. What is inside? Find out in the original article.

Into the church!


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Date: Tuesday, 08 Feb 2011 13:24


  So before I get an official leg up on this blog, a few things need to get rolling. First and foremost, my car. The other week Texas got quite a good bit of snow. When I say quite a good bit, I do mean maybe 3 inches at most, but that's a lot to us. We don't see it very much down here, we considered ourselves lucky to have it twice this year. Personally, I could have done with the once. On my way to work during the snow, my car spun out of control, hit a curb, and busted the axle. Since I don't have much money, a neighbor introduced us to a "shadetree mechanic". He should have it fixed up by this week, or early next week.

  The next thing I need to get rolling is an idea on where I'm going to head out to next. Before beginning the blog, my girlfriend and I went out to Dextra, which I made an entry about earlier. Since creating this journal, I've gotten quite a lot of compliments, and a lot of praise for the idea, and I'd like to thank everyone who's already following this journal for their support. This is why I'd like you all to vote on where I head to next. I will head to one town of your choosing, and to one town of my choosing.

  I've gotten a few tips on some ghost towns around the area that I had never heard of before since beginning this journal as well from some local friends. An old friend of mine, Adelaide Matthews told me about a place called the "Aldridge Sawmill". She mentioned it being very beautiful, but with an eerie air to it, which seems to be the case with a lot of the towns I'm going to end up visiting. She says it's "Not exactly a town", but I plan to check it out nonetheless.

  I got another tip from one of my best friends who we lovingly dub "DR" despite his wanting to move on from that old nickname. He mentioned a place called "Teasleville", which is a bit of a drive southwest from where I live. Surprisingly it showed up on Google Maps, but I could find no other information on it online. I'm going to head out to the library soon to see if I can find some old factoids about it that I can share with you all, but in the meantime, let's vote on where you want me to go to next (After getting my car back, of course)

1. Walling's Ferry
   A town surrounded by a beautiful pine forest, developed around a crossing of the Sabine river, and one of the earliest communities in Gregg county. The last documented report on Walling's Ferry claims that little houses remain, and the ones that do, are very unsafe to enter as they look as though they are about to cave in.


2. Time
  A town nearly completely submerged in the Sabine river, very little is known about the town. The maximum residents they've had was a total of 75 people. It's unsaid whether any buildings or landmarks are present to give it's location.


3. Larissa
  One of the more well known ghost towns, a town that was settled by a man named "Isaac Killough" and his family in 1837. It is also the site where the entire Killough family was attacked, and massacred by indians, a tragedy now known as "The Killough Massacre"


  Now cast your vote in the comments and let me know where to to go to next! I will go to this town, photograph, and document it's history on this blog for you to read.


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Date: Saturday, 05 Feb 2011 10:12

(Photo of Dextra, 1960)

  On the 10th of November last year, my girlfriend and I decided our first stop for this project would be a little town south of Sacul called Dextra, Texas. This decision was based off a post on a website called "Texas Escapes" by a man named Bob Bowman.
"We found that the community was once called Dextra, which was settled before 1900. In the mid-1930s, the community had a school, a church and several stores. After World War II, many of Dextra’s residents moved away, but as late as the mid-1960s, the community had a store and two churches. In the early 1990s, Dextra was little more than a dispersed community."
 - Bob Bowman, www.texasescapes.com

(A map to Dextra.)

  The trip to Dextra was a bit of a long one, and consisted of quite a few wrong turns, and enough dirt roads to make my old clunker of a car just about cry. We stopped in Jacksonville for a bite to eat, and to ask for some directions, which amounted to nothing but more wrong turns. Eventually we made it there as the sun was setting, to find a very eerie cluster of old wooden homes, and buildings. A pack of dogs approached the car as we pulled up to the homes, we rolled down the windows and gave them a pet to see if they were hostile, they weren't, and were very excited to see us. We stepped out of the car and started walking towards the eerie group of buildings that made up some of the once live "Dextra"

(Photo of Dextra, 2010)



  We got out of the car and found the dogs were very friendly, but tame. We figured they must belong to someone, and because of this, didn't want to stay too long, fearing we may be on privately owned property.

  The first house we waltzed up to was a wooden two story home, still mostly in tact, but missing a portion of the front of the building, as though a cannonball had broken it down. This inconvenienced us as it made the front door inaccessible,

so we trekked through tall weeds around to the side of the house. We noticed all of the bottom windows were broken out, so we entered through one of those.

  We saw a newer looking, but empty bottle of "Parrot Bay" on the floor in front of us. Guess some kids or bums decided to hang around here at some point. We looked around, me snapping pictures of everything, watching my step as I went so as to not step on any potentially rotten wood.


  We then cautiously walked up the stairs, which looked like something straight from, a horror movie. They creaked very loudly as we took each step upwards. Much of the floor on the second floor was warped, so we decided  not to walk too far in, so as to avoid falling through the floor and getting hurt.

 I snapped pictures of what I could, which was everything set aside the interior of one closet on the other side of a large room of the second floor.


  We descended and then looked to the church across the road. The church looked to be completely in tact, windows and all. The front door was slightly cracked open, so we let ourselves in.


 Once in, we were greeted by quite a few full size pews, which I hope to go back and pick up at some point to sell, as pews tend to go for quite a bit of money. Everything looked as though the whole town immediately got up from a church service and left. There were a few very old school books, and church hymnals on the seats.


 There was also an old green piano to the left of the building. Some of the keys worked, most didn't, and those that did work sounded horrible out of tune. But I bet someone who knows their way around a piano could grab this thing, spruce it up and sell it for a nice profit.

 The stage to the back of the church had a pedestal where the preacher would stand, and to the side, a lone wooden chair, with torn and tattered red cushions. It was a bit eerie. There were two more full size pews there, obviously for a church choir,


 Also on the stage was a framed "Certificate of Appreciation", which I couldn't quite read very well.


To the right of the stage was a small walk in closet-esque room with a window at the end. Inside were abunch of hymnals, and what looked to be the torn remnants of an old robe.

  I took the photos I could, at this point the sun had nearly set, and I was a touch creeped out, so we decided it was about time to leave. My girlfriend wanted to grab herself an old hymnal so she got herself one and we left. The dogs chased us down the road a little bit, but they eventually were out of sight, as was the old town, and the starting point of this project.


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Date: Friday, 04 Feb 2011 17:39
So I scrounged for what could have been hours around for my camera cable, and finally found it. Well, I found A camera cable. Not necessarily mine. But, it worked, and I'm uploading the photos of Dextra now, to start, here's a photo of me, after finally asking for directions after becoming lost multiple times.


This was in Jacksonville I believe, my girlfriend snapped this photo as I was leaving a gas station, frustrated that no one knew where in the world to find Dextra.

Finding Ghost Towns is a lot like modern day "Treasure hunting", there are some facts here on the good ol' internet, but a lot of locating them comes from local word of mouth, rumors, tips, and "Oh, hey, I passed that place up on the way to go buy some booze". Dextra was one of these cases. I had to ask around a little bit before I finally pinpointed it's correct location. We made it there first try, but it wasn't an easy one.

My featured photos of Dextra itself should be soon on their way in the Dextra post from earlier, and I'll make another one with some extra photos.


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Date: Friday, 04 Feb 2011 15:00
  I've decided for this project I am going to visit TWO abandoned towns at a time that you guys pick. I will try to do this on a two week basis, and have your updates with pictures, maps, etc frequently. I have quite a few ideas that I will release as the weeks go on on how to further this project, gather more information on the history of these towns I visit, and to give better information on their location, etc

  For now, I am going to give you the details on what I am working with on this project.
This project, which I call "Dead West" was an idea a friend and I came up with one night, that I eventually decided to take into action, by visiting, and photographing, the abandoned town "Dextra". (As written about in an earlier post)

  To take these photos I am using a cheaper SLR, a "Canon EOS Rebel T2i 18 MP CMOS APS-C Digital SLR Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD and EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS UD Standard Zoom Lens", and a few different lenses. I am by no means a "Professional Photographer", and have never claimed to be, some may think my photography is "Mediocre", my project is to document and preserve the history that played a role in forming the society I live in today, to further my skills in composition, and journalism, and to have fun doing it!

  This is the second day of my blog, and I am very happy about the support I have received from loved ones and friends on this project. I hope you all choose to view this blog frequently to see some forgotten bits of history in it's current state, and learn where it all came from.

  Later tonight or tomorrow I plan to list out a few of the towns I can go visit soon, and will post them on here, with some already known "Information" on the towns and let YOU all decide where I go to next. Thank you all for your support, I hope this blog will end up being a successful one!

  I would also like to note that due to the nasty ice that's been on the road lately, I totaled the axle on my car when I swerved out of control and hit a curb, and had to have it replaced, so until next week I will not be able to make a trip to a local abandoned town. I will continue with updates on where I should go next, maps, and information I've learned about the town through the local library.


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Date: Thursday, 03 Feb 2011 21:22
Town Bluff is a town very close to where I live now, once when I was driving in the area, I decided to give it a casual drive-thru. As such I have no photos, but could possibly return to get some a while later. 

Also inspired by www.texasescapes.com, I learned most about the Town Bluff history through that very website

"Not that many us living here care, but the city of Houston was almost established in East Texas -- not once, but twice.
When brothers J.K. and A.C. Allen, who founded Houston, purchased land in 1837 on Buffalo Bayou in what is now Harris County, they also purchased 640 acres at Town Bluff on the Neches River, a location they considered as promising as the one on Buffalo Bayou.
But it wasn¹t in the cards for Town Bluff to become a metropolis. Instead, it became a ghost town."
-Bob Bowman, www.texasescapes.com

I didn't see much of a ghost town, in fact I saw someone wandering the streets a little bit, but most of the homes around the area did look old, run-down, and abandoned. I could not find the post office anywhere as I drove about (The post office is what normally qualified a village as a "Town" back in the day)

This ghost town was a bit of a less interesting venture, certainly not as appealing as Dextra was.


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Date: Thursday, 03 Feb 2011 20:04
Hello, I'm Caleb, and welcome to this preservation of Texas, and American history.
This blog is dedicated to appreciating and preserving, the architecture, raw beauty, and sheer mystery of the remnants of old abandoned towns around Texas. We are an East Texas based organization, all of us college students, so updates will be sporadic, but as a personal project I've been planning for a while, they will also most definitely happen. Whatever posting drought we may have, be sure to stick with us. You're bound to see some interesting stories and photos of our adventures. So follow us and enjoy!

Ghost towns dot Texas more than any other state, I realized this once while driving down a highway, and getting lost and having to maneuver through quite a few. It was night and a bit eerie, but intrigued me and inspired me to start this project which I've rightly dubbed "Dead West". So far me and my group of friends have visited two. I will post photos, some information, and our experience here VERY soon!


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Date: Monday, 01 Oct 2007 16:34
This Blog is about to be Back from the Dead, I got some new stuff coming ta nite, maybe I'll change the logo too...
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Date: Wednesday, 23 Aug 2006 06:42
Chips Ahoy is a new track by the Hold Steady. They call themselves a New York band, but fuck that, the lead singer Craig Finn and another 1/4th of the band is from MN. So I'm claiming them on behalf of the State. Plus whenever they play shows back at First Ave they sell the shit out of them. So fuck New York. Anyways, the new track is pretty good, nothing outside of the Hold Steady's realm but it's really solid and catchy, hopefully the next album won't suck despite the fact they're on a shitty label now.

The Hold Steady - Chips Ahoy
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Date: Tuesday, 22 Aug 2006 09:37
Ratatat is hard to describe. It's definately electronic and it's a little bit hiphop. It's got some of the dance new wave sound that's hit the last few years with Bloc Party and Franz. Mostly it's just really interesting. Not all of the songs are mindbreaking, but they are definately original. For someone who get's bored with music easily this was good music for me. Every track seems stripped down and yet well rounded but also continually evolves without getting pretentious. Check it out, a couple tracks from Ratatat's newest cd Classic.

Ratatat - Montanita

Ratatat - Gettysburg
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Date: Sunday, 20 Aug 2006 16:48
The new cd by the Black Keys is certainly something a little bit different then the sound on their first three LPs. I don't know what it is that quite makes it different. It doesnt have that same rolling blues sound but it's still there. They still have the fuzz on the guitar and the punding drums but once again it's all a little more controlled. At the same time the parts feel a little more wild and a little less tied to the original beat. At first listen I was dissapointed. I think I wanted more of the same and didn't know what else they can do. Listening more though I realize I dig it more than I thought and it definately will take a few listens to get used to for people who have listened to their previous material.

Here are 2 tracks from Magic Potion and Heavy Soul from their debut the Big Come Up.

The Black Keys - Strange Desire

The Black Keys - You're the One

The Black Keys - Heavy Soul
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Date: Wednesday, 16 Aug 2006 21:45
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P7110326, originally uploaded by Deadwest.

Being that I'm finally here and settled I'm going to try and kick my blog out of it's undead state. finally being in New Zealand I've been trying to go out every once and a while and find some of the local music. One of the first band I got into was the Black Seeds, a local Reggae group. What's interesting is that while reggae is the flavor it is infused with dub more then most sounds anywhere else. I would say it sounds like the laid back reggae/dub of the gorillaz. Most importantly while it sounds a little light it's a little more true to reggae then some of the limp college rock reggae back home. While I would like to substantiate that claim with names of bands, they're so bad I actually forgot.

On to the Black Seeds - Turn It Around

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Date: Saturday, 29 Jul 2006 19:57
Found a brand new track, this time by sheer laziness. While out in New Zealand I happened to catch a commercial with a great song. It turns out it's something called the Love Song by a dude named K-os. While I had heard of him somewhere around before I never took the time to listen to him and as such had no idea he whether or not he made good music, well he does. Check out the Love Song, it has one of the best beats I've heard in a long time.

K-os - The Love Song
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Date: Friday, 28 Jul 2006 08:59
Even a terrible album can produce a few decent songs and Future Sounds is defeinately catchy. J5's got 6 members, now down to 6 after the departure of ol man Cut Chemist. Now when a hiphop group has that many members some are bound to be better then others. Cut has always been the quiet one holding the groups sound together. While some might say that Chali 2na is a good MC, I think he lacks the skills to go with his voice. The real heart is Zaakir and Marc 7evenand on Future Sounds they get their time to shine, much like High Fidelity on the previous cd Power In Numbers it's almost good by surprise. It's so simple and effective. Hopefully now that J5 is dying as a group a couple of these guys will put out some solo albums. Hiphop is the only genre where a solo album can be a good thing. Here's hoping.

Jurassic 5 - Future Sounds
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Date: Sunday, 25 Jun 2006 05:10
Been out of commission due to a lan party and just being rather lazy. But I'm back with the default Soundtrack Sunday. For this segment I'm gonna find a couple things from back in 91 from the Single's soundtrack. This film came out right when "Grunge" exploded and alternative was the buzzword across the nation. Singles takes place in Seattle and features young people in their mid 20s to early 30s, some musicians, other's working to figure out what thir doing. It's a good movie from Rolling Stone writer Cameron Crowe.

The Soundtrack features everyone from Smashing Pumpkins to Soundgarden to Paul Westerberg, lead singer for the Replacements which had broken up by then. On the soundtrack is one of Westerbergs best songs Waiting for Somebody. It's a catchy way to start a solo career which never quite took off. Theres also a solo track by Chris Cornell called Seasons, his first solo recording away from Soundgarden until his solo album released 8 years later.

Paul Westerberg - Waiting For Somebody

Chris Cornell - Seasons

Mother Love Bone - Chloe Dancer/Crown of Thorns
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Date: Friday, 23 Jun 2006 00:44
Okay well so much for the US. I guess that Chuck Berry song is even more applicable now that it can be used to describe their future destination. A few weeks back I followed a link to one of the seemingly billions of Nike related soccer sites and they have a ridiculous video composed of shots that people send in of them getting a ball from off camera, then they do whatever move or whatever and then kick it out of frame and the cycle just continues on through on the clips from people all over the world. It's a really cool concept for marketing by letting people interact with your own commercial. I actually hope they throw it on tv. If they do, they might use the music featured with the videon on their website.

It's a guy who goes by the name Curumin. He's signed to Quannum, DJ Shadow's label which is also home to Blackalicious and Lyrics Born among others. He released his debut last year and it looks like it slipped under the radar. It's brazillian funk kind've mixed with his own DJ stylings. It's a pretty cool album and sounds like what I expect to hear from Cut Chemist this July.

Curumin - Guerreiro (Nike Soccer website track)

Curumin - Samba Japa
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Date: Wednesday, 21 Jun 2006 23:15
Do or die tommorow for US Soccer. Go USA go Italy. In honor of the USA I offer up the Chuck Berry classic Back in the USA. Let's hope the referees actually let the teams play the game this time.

Chuck Berry - Back in the USA
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Date: Tuesday, 20 Jun 2006 23:14
From time to time I like to watch Terrible television. The good thing about that now is that I download it. So it's commerical free trash. Which might make you think ok, now you have more time to do something productive...well, no, it just mean's you can increase your average amount of worthless trash tv quotient each day. Sigh.

Most recently I checked out a show called Fast Inc which is on MTV. It's about a business of guys who hunt down rare, weird, odd cars for Celebs or other people that need something but don't want to do the looking themselves. It's kind've interesting because it's about these guys wandering around all parts of LA and California dealing with whoever they need to talk to to get the job done. On the second episode their was a really cool song featured by a band called Tangiers. The whole cd it's featured from isn't too swell but the single Energy Jaws is a hot track. Check it out.

Tangiers - Energy Jaws
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Date: Monday, 19 Jun 2006 23:35

The first ever soundtrack sunday which may become either soundtrack saturday or featurelength friday. I'm not sure. Probably Soundtrack Sunday. For now it's soundtrack Saturday on Sunday. Just roll with it. Okay.

So I still havn't seen Devil's rejects. So maybe I should feel rather ashamed for making a post about it's soundtrack. But fuck it, I'm not. It's got such a good classic soundtrack. Makes you feel like you're living 1972 all over again...for the first time. I was born in 1984 so that's how it goes. But the soundtrack's got songs from Terry Reid who turned down both the lead singer role in Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple in order to pursue his solo career, and music from the Allman Brothers, Otis Rush, Three Dog Night, Lyrnyrd Skynyrd, and Joe Walsh. Devil's rejects the movie should be on it's way to my place via netflix, as for you, check out part of the soundtrack right here.

Terry Reid - To Be Treated


Allman Brothers - Midnight Rider
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Date: Monday, 19 Jun 2006 23:22

Come mondays sometimes you just don't quite no how to proceed. God knows you got a ton of stuff to do, a full week ahead, and arn't quite sure what the hell is going on. There's no better song about this feeling then Stormy Monday. And so begins, a brand new little theme. Every monday, and maybe more, I'm gonna be throwing down the blues upon you. So despite the fact that the week ahead might suck, or maybe the weekend was just so explosively badass, but you need to cool down, that's what the blues is for. So swing by and check it out.

First up is Texas blues god T-Bone Walker and in namesake of the post I have one of his classics, Stormy monday. T-Bpne cut tracks all over the country and despite being from the South even ended up in the Midwest blues mecca of Chicago. B.B. King said T-Bone Walker was an strong influence and most of all Texas Blues came out of his riffs.

T-Bone Walker - Stormy Monday

T-Bone Walker - Louisiana Bayou Drive
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