Author: James Johnston

Abandoned Farm Houses in Ellis County, Texas

Sadly many left and forgotten farm houses are lost to history. In the past many of these homes were the dream homes for homesteaders, their happy places, and for some just a place to earn a living. Many of the families living in these old houses moved on, upgraded to a bigger and better place, and some lost them to the bank. So many of the of the abandoned farm houses have stories to tell us but no one knows them. At Vanishing Texas we try and find those stories and share them. But in many cases even the...

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Battery Croghan, Fort San Jacinto, Galveston, Texas

At one time parts of the Texas coast was protected with coastal gun battery emplacements. The gun displacements were part of the coast defense program and were deactivated around the end of World War II. Some of these batteries were transferred to civilian use, the coast guard, or abandoned. One of the batteries that was abandoned was Battery Croghan, Fort San Jacinto, Galveston, Texas. Battery Croghan, Fort San Jacinto, Galveston, Texas Battery Croghan was part of Fort San Jacinto’s coastal defense system. The guns were mounted so they could protect the shipping lanes and protect the harbor. Construction for...

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Abandoned Farm House and Old Ford Fairlane in Navarro County,Texas

Almost three years ago I had the chance to explore some of the rural areas of Navarro County, Texas. I came across many abandoned homesteads and a few that still had the original farm houses that was built over a 100 years ago. During my explore I came across an abandoned farm house and old Ford Fairlane sitting in the barn. Abandoned Farm House and Old Ford Fairlane in Navarro County, Texas When I first discovered this old farm house, I wasn’t planning to stop but as I drove past, I noticed an old Ford Fairlane nose sticking out...

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Denison Central Ward School in Denison, Texas

The Denison Central Ward School in Denison, Texas was in operation from 1917 to 1979. For a short time after the school closed a manufacturing business operated in there. But for the last 20+ years the school has sat abandoned and slowly deteriorating a little more each year. Denison Central Ward School in Denison, Texas – History Denison Central Ward School was built so they could consolidate the Stevens and Burleson Schools in 1917 (another sources says that the Stevens Schools was to be abandoned the children were going be sent to Central Ward in 1927). On January 11th,...

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September 2017 West Texas Rural Explore Road Trip

Its been a few years since I have been out on a true road trip and in the last few months, I was able to make 3 day trips that were more than 3 hours away. I plan to share those trips and the places as I find the time to edit those images. Today I wanted to give a sneak peak of one our 750 mile round trip West Texas Rural Explore Road Trip that started in my small town of Blue Ridge, Texas to where I met up with a friend in Decatur, Texas and then traveled...

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