Disappearing Towns of Northwest Texas - Ghost Towns in the Making

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Published 2020-11-12

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  • Water Bug
    I'm considering finding such a declining town to move to. I'm retired and a hermit and I find such a place attractive. Cheap homes and lots of building material salvage, good infrastructure. I'm retired now so it's doable for me. I like the apocalypse look without the pesky zombies.

    The only trouble is home prices don't reflect the decline. Prices are low, but people keep asking too much so houses stay vacant, decline over the years, then they lower the price but not enough. Then some throw up their hand and drop the price to rock bottom but by then almost no one wants it. Currently there are no homes listed for sale in Paducah TX on Zillow. Guess people don't even bother trying.
  • Gary Pence
    Having been born and raised in Texas it is sad to see the possible end of small town life. Small towns have a charm all their own.
  • John Giromini
    Having been born and raised in Amarillo, my wife and I have seen a large share of Small Town USA in the Texas Panhandle: from Texline to Canadian, from Adrian to Shamrock, from Muleshoe to Paducah, these small towns were just parts of our life. As a college student, I worked at McKesson Robbins and part of my job was delivering to those towns, like Fritch, Pampa, Borger, Dumas, Hereford, and Canyon. Being in HS in Canyon, we played basketball in Tulia, Happy, Dimmitt, and Bushland. It's said that change is inevitable; there's no mention of the sadness involved.
  • Gwen
    I had a feeling Paducah was in this list. I used to travel there for work and stayed in the Hunters’ Lodge, a former funeral home. It’s lovely. First time there, I rode with my supervisor. He dropped me off at the lodge and stayed somewhere else. On foot during the few days I was there, I explored Paducah after work and met some residents, all friendly. The courthouse is beautiful and interesting, one of unique courthouses designed by architects Voelcker & Dixon. Really something. I wonder (hope) if more people working remotely, like me, means the revival of some of these towns. I considered moving there for the low cost of housing and living. Childress is only 30 minutes away and offers quite a bit. Nice video.
  • Paul Smethers
    I had forgotten how many Texas towns have the red brick roads in their downtown squares. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.
  • Walter Conn
    A lot of these towns were created 30 miles apart along railroads so the steam engines could fill their boiler with water.
  • BigTexan7
    I was born in Abilene and lived all over west Texas and the Panhandle. These towns are all in a perpetual state of winding down for good. If they're lucky, they still have a Dairy Queen to lure weary travelers off the highway and there's almost always a closed down Higginbotham-Bartlett lumber yard, a neat little church, grain silos (the tallest structures in town) and the remains of a cozy town square and courthouse surrounded by uneven brick paved streets. If you took the time to listen, all you'd hear is the roar of outbound interstate traffic and the howling of the wind.
  • Jay Norris
    It's sad. The empty buildings and homes were someone's hopes and dreams....
  • sal1701
    So i come from a migrant family, and I remember spending some summers there in Memphis back in the late 70's early 80's. My family's job was to walk down what seemed to be miles of cotton fields, and pull the weeds out with a garden hoe, from dawn to dusk. I was too young to work and get paid, but helped the family by being the water boy. I used to wear an old army belt with 3 canteens full of water. When one of my family members canteen was empty, I'd replace it with a full one, and walk all the way back to the station wagon and fill them back up. As an adult I think back at what a strong woman my grandmother was, she'd get up around 3am and make breakfast, and lunch for everyone ( there was 8 of us)go out to the fields and work all day out in the hot Memphis sun, and come home and cook dinner. Sure do miss my grandma. I still stop by Memphis once in a long blue moon when I drive from Ft Worth to Colorado Springs to visit my old army buddies.
  • My wife and I watched this last night on our tv. She was particularly interested in your video and really liked it. I really like seeing these cool little towns. Its cool seeing how even though the town seems to be dying, there is still some cool parts and architecture of each to see. The brick roads and town squares are really neat. Its a neat part of Texas. Thanks for the video.
  • Kirk Keller
    My mother was born in Memphis, TX, I had a girlfriend in Borger in the early '80s. I grew up in Clayton, NM, at the junction of Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma. I don't think there's any towns in the panhandle and surrounding areas in Oklahoma and NM that aren't going through similar issues.
  • Elsa Johnson
    I grew up in a dying town here in NH. I had to leave at 18 because there was no work. Its painful to watch the death of a town.
  • UDM P
    I grew up in Seagraves, Tx. It’s another small town community that has suffered from population decline. My folks are buried there. It’s very sad to see the decline when we go to visit them at the cemetery.
  • I live in central Tx but I drive a truck and I’ve been to all these towns. I hate to see this happening. The panhandle and west Tx are my favorite places.
  • Shannon G
    I stayed in paducah for 3 days at the hunters lodges motel, and went to their friday night fish fry, then traveled over to Roaring springs. The people in those 2 towns are so sweet and welcoming. In Roaring Springs I got to talk to a real Texas ranger who at the time was in his 90s, you can tell his mind was slipping, but when he started telling us about his work as a ranger his eyes lit up so much. He showed us his old badge and everything. These little towns have some really cool gems hidden, if you just take the time to talk to the locals.
  • Doug Ro
    Love this area.....been through Texline, Dumas and Dalhart, Texas a bunch, and also Guymon, Boise City and other places in the OK Panhandle. It’s nice to get off the Interstate and major highways and see these small towns outside of the larger cities. It’s sad seeing these places crumbling away, but you can see the way things used to be.
  • Victor Guzman
    I went to school in McAdoo back in the late 70's. I often go back just for the memories. I remember the whole school letting out early at times to eat watermelon just to the west of the gym. Great times
  • DSBac
    For years I've been hoping that the internet would help make it possible to save some of these towns from getting totally wiped out. A lot of these places no doubt still don't have great internet access, but that could change in time. And with people being able to work remotely, perhaps some of these places could gain new residents some day. I know a couple of people who have left DFW for smaller towns well outside the metroplex because homes were more affordable and they're now working from home permanently. (And this is pre-covid.) One of the Texas towns my ancestors lived in became a ghost town over a hundred years ago. About the only thing left is the cemetery. And even that has crumbled significantly over the decades. Anyway, thanks for the video.
  • Ryan Wolf
    So sad to see these little towns get destroyed by the big corporations that now own the farms and ranches.
  • Gil Mangus
    Borger? I remember, at age 11, taking a chartered train from San Angelo, Texas, to frigid Borger to see our San Angelo Bobcats play a nonconference game there. Those Borger Bulldogs were tough. They beat a superb San Angelo high team that went on to the playoffs. The train ride, 5 hours each way was fun. Students sold food and drink in one train car. My dad, now 94, always talks about our trip together to see the mighty Bobcats and Bulldogs play.
    This video on virtual ghost towns is soooo melancholic...