Abandoned Texas: Empty Spaces And Forgotten Buildings

Manda Schoolhouse | © Stacey Pumo
Manda Schoolhouse | © Stacey Pumo
Photo of Stacey Pumo
9 February 2017

Texas is home to a lot of ghost towns, and exploring those places has become a passion for many. We may never know the stories behind the mysteries, but it’s always a thrill to speculate what once was. Below is a glimpse into my experiences of these unusual, uncommon beautiful old places.

Driftwood Gas Station | © Stacey Pumo

Talk about being at the right place at the right time. I took my picture and pulled out of this old gas station in Driftwood, when I saw an elder man pull up in this classic truck. He told me he traveled many miles just to see his prized possession in front of the old Texaco. I asked him if he wouldn’t mind me snapping a picture as well. The man lit up with pride and said, “It would be my pleasure” This old station is one of the few remnants of a bygone time.

Littig TX Carwash | © Stacey Pumo

I stumbled across this old, beaten up “Wash Wonderful Detailing” carwash in the quiet little town of Littig, Texas. I wonder how good of a job they do?

“You may delay, but time will not.”

— Benjamin Franklin

Abandoned House | © Stacey Pumo

The trees surrounding this abandoned home in Giddings, Texas whisper their secrets about what lies inside. If only these old walls could talk.

Walburg Bank | © Stacey Pumo

Old buildings have many lives. The Walburg State Bank, c. 1913, has been inactive since 2000.

“Time does not have the same appeal for everyone.”

— William Shakespeare

Walburg Country Store | © Stacey Pumo

This is an old storefront in Walburg, Texas that’s long been closed for business.

Manda Schoolhouse | © Stacey Pumo

Settlers of the small town Manda arrived in the late 1800s, and its population was only recorded as 20 people. Today, only the Manda Cemetery and this school remain.

“Lost time is never found again.”

— Benjamin Franklin

Bastrop Boat | © Stacey Pumo

There is no evidence of any survivors. Bastrop, Texas

“Some places speak distinctly. Certain dank gardens cry aloud for a murder; certain old houses demand to be haunted; certain coasts are set apart for shipwrecks.”

— Robert Louis Stevenson

Bastrop Boat | © Stacey Pumo

I drove past this old dancehall/bar off of Highway 71 near Smithville, Texas, and then, I decided to trespass and wander in to see what they had on tap. It was my first experience entering an abandoned spot and I learned the importance of having a flashlight handy, real quick! Searching abandoned places is fun until you remember how fast you have to sprint once you turn out the lights.

Manor House | © Stacey Pumo

I spotted this old, empty house off a road in Manor, Texas. It was breathtaking, as the golden hour was approaching, but I was alone and too afraid to enter (and had no flashlight!) so I knew I had to come back another day.

“Time is the longest distance between two places.”

— Tennessee Williams

Manor House | © Stacey Pumo

I finally convinced my best friend to take the trip back with me so we could do some further exploring.

Manor House | © Stacey Pumo

It makes you wonder why these homes are left to rot and decay when there once was so much beauty. It’s as if the owners left suddenly without looking back. Perhaps they only meant to leave for a short time, only to have it unexpectedly stretch into eternity.

Manor House | © Stacey Pumo

“Carry me back to the places that I knew.”

— Chris De Burgh

Ghost Town | © Stacey Pumo

Lorraine Ghost Town is a re-created version of the original J. Lorraine that stood just a few miles from present day Manor, Texas. The town was a neutral territory for outlaws and lawmen alike, until it was burned by outraged moral citizens from nearby.

Burnet Gas Station | © Stacey Pumo

This old gas station now lies on private property in Burnet, Texas.

“Old places have soul.”

— Sarah Anderson

Giddings Barn | © Stacey Pumo

I found this little barn off a county road close by Giddings, Texas. The cow appears to be the only resident.

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