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Fentress, Texas, just a shell of a once thriving small town............(Part #1)
Posted by: Kelley (Texas)
Date: May 25, 2008 10:40PM
I decided to brave the heat today and ride the motorcycle to a small town by the name of Fentress, Texas, located in Caldwell County. This town was established in 1860 along the San Marcos River and was named Riverside. In 1892 it was renamed Fentress in honor of the town's first doctor, James Fentress. The Post Office was opened in 1893. This town never had electric service until 1902. According to the 2000 census, the population at that time was 291 folks. I do not know what it is at the present time...probably about the same.

The former business district was located about a half mile from State Highway 80. Just driving on the highway, you would never have known this town was here as per se. I rode around for a few minutes before I spotted a street sign for Main Street. I finally located what was once the main business district, and believe me, there is not much left of it. When you view the following pictures, you will have to agree with me.

I believe that this old building must have been a hotel. The second picture shows stairs leading to the second floor. The little blue sign on the front of the building is for the Masons in Prairie Lea, Texas which is a small town just a few miles to the east of Fentress, Texas.




This old building appears to have been a gas station, but I am not sure.


This old building may have been a grocery store or maybe a hardware store. There seems to be trash everywhere around these old buildings.




This appears to be the complete police force for Fentress, Texas. The Constable came out of his home and I said hello to him and told him that I was taking a few pictures of the town. He waved and said that was OK and to have a pleasant day. I was across the road and just about this time a couple of dogs made their appearance and I moved on to the next building.


(Please go to Part #2)


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Re: Fentress, Texas, just a shell of a once thriving small town............(Part #2)
Posted by: Kelley (Texas)
Date: May 25, 2008 11:03PM
I think that this could have been the town bank. If you look closely, you will see a small safe in front of this building. This could also have been an office for an attorney. It is very difficult to figure out what some of these old buildings could have been.


These are two pictures of empty lots with the curbs still in place. Goodness knows what could have been here.




This is an old church located at the end of the business district. It appears to be a Presbyterian Church and the sign states 1924. The church was empty and there is a "no trespassing" sign in front of it.






A short distance from the church was the San Marcos River. The heat was starting to take it's toll on me and I did not feel that it was in my best interest to walk the distance required to take a picture of the folks swimming in the river. While I was taking pictures of the old church, several people wearing swimming suits walked by me while heading for the river.

I decided to cut the visit short and head back to San Antonio because the heat was just too much for me at the moment. I did enjoy myself and would like to come back to Fentress, Texas for another visit. I do plan on doing some research prior to another visit. Please have a great day! Kelley (Texas) :)


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Just think of the detecting possibilities in that town;
Posted by: Mikie
Date: May 25, 2008 11:05PM
decades of people living and [probably] no person has gone over it yet!!!

Thanks Fred for the trip

Calm seas

Mikie



"There's no present like the time"

"A dog is better than me, for she has love and does not judge"

"Sometimes the things that may or may not be true are the things a man needs to believe in the most; That people are basically good; that honor, courage, and virtue mean everything; that power and money, money and power mean nothing; that good always triumphs over evil; and I want you to remember this, that love... true love never dies. You remember that. Doesn't matter if it's true or not. You see, a man should believe in those things, because those are the things worth believing in"


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It seems as though every town city, village had a church... Those are great shots Fred..
Posted by: Mikie
Date: May 25, 2008 11:08PM
And I would be willing to bet that somewhere near the river would be some sort of a recreation area!!

Sunny skies

Mikie



"There's no present like the time"

"A dog is better than me, for she has love and does not judge"

"Sometimes the things that may or may not be true are the things a man needs to believe in the most; That people are basically good; that honor, courage, and virtue mean everything; that power and money, money and power mean nothing; that good always triumphs over evil; and I want you to remember this, that love... true love never dies. You remember that. Doesn't matter if it's true or not. You see, a man should believe in those things, because those are the things worth believing in"


very interesting Fred....
Posted by: ojm bc
Date: May 25, 2008 11:12PM
where I live there is only one or two such towns,if I get a chance I will post a few snapshots.I always feel relaxed when I'm in these abandoned streets.I was at a ghost type town last month,I saw a magestic deer in the grass field,went to get my camera and in a second had no idea where it went.It was just getting light so could have been my imagination.Thanks for taking time and sharing your snapshots with all your buddies here.I will not say who ,but I heard one of the regullers here found a very very hard to find treasure type silver coin,I hope it will be posted soon,I don't think he will mind the little cliffhanger:smile:

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Mike, I would think that someone with a metal detector would be in hog heaven..............
Posted by: Kelley (Texas)
Date: May 25, 2008 11:51PM
in this small town of Fentress, Texas. I did notice that some of the folks watched me like a hawk as I rode up and down some of those streets. I would like to explore that swimming area down at the river, might be able to find some rings or other good treasure things. While I was taking the pictures of that church, two good looking women in swimming suits parked a car and walked down to the river to swim. As I was leaving, another car with a family pulled up to park and go swimming at the river. With so many people swimming there, surely rings and other good things have been lost down there. Please have a great day! Kelley (Texas) :)

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Wow! Amazing , how time just passe's by, these towns.
Posted by: Ron J
Date: May 26, 2008 06:06AM
Like stuck in a moment of history. How can any of the residents survive, unless your employed by government? Great shots Fred, You are on a roll!

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Fred those old towns have true character and .............
Posted by: Wayne in BC
Date: May 26, 2008 10:10AM
beat the heck outta burger joints and malls! Thank you for the photos they take one back to a simpler time:thumbup:



A liar will assume you are lying

fred,next to the old grocery/hardware
Posted by: david(tx)
Date: May 26, 2008 11:02AM
it looks like there is an elevated foundation for another building that is gone now.fires and other things can take them out.i'm amazed how as i drive the back roads how many houses i see that are not lived in going to ruin that could probably be fixed up.no for sale signs, nothing.i think people by land around it and don't care about the house or some type of ownership dispute exists where someone may have died.enjoyed the ride fred.

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Wayne, yes, these old towns have true character ...............
Posted by: Kelley (Texas)
Date: May 26, 2008 11:09AM
They remind of a simpler life when compared to the "me" society that we now live in. I grew up saying "yes sir" and "no sir" along with "thank you." That has been replaced with "pizz on you, I want it, and I want it now!" Times have changed, small towns are dying while Wal-Marts are growing...eventually we will not have a name, only a number. Please have a great day! Kelley (Texas) :)

from the front
Posted by: david(tx)
Date: May 26, 2008 11:11AM
the old building in the first picture looks like it could be revived with a little work.

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David, like you, when riding the back roads, I often see old houses going to waste .............
Posted by: Kelley (Texas)
Date: May 26, 2008 11:13AM
I kinda wish those old houses could talk...would love to hear their stories. Please have a great day! Kelley (Texas) :)

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Ron, I am enjoying seeing some of these old towns before they are completely gone............
Posted by: Kelley (Texas)
Date: May 26, 2008 11:18AM
At the same time I experience sadness knowing that they will soon be gone forever. Please have a great day! Kelley (Texas) :)

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OJ, I would love to see the snap shots of those two old towns! :)N/T
Posted by: Kelley (Texas)
Date: May 26, 2008 11:20AM

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Mike, yes, this old town would be hog heaven for someone with a metal detector..........
Posted by: Kelley (Texas)
Date: May 26, 2008 11:23AM
Surely there would be some good treasure to be found there...also at that swimming hole. Please have a great day! Kelley (Texas) :)

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