Saturday, April 12, 2014

Texas Ghost Towns. Part II: Independence and Gay Hill

Today I had an occasion to visit Washington County (about 1.5 h drive northwest from Houston) and explore two places that are listed as ghost towns in Wikipedia - Independence and Gay Hill. Originally I was not planning visiting these ghost towns, but fortunately they were on my way. So I stopped there and now can share some of my fresh photos from these destinations. Both places worth visiting, especially if you are interested in history of Texas.

Independence
Independence is more historic site than a ghost town. Many families are living here today. This place is rich of Texas history and attracts numerous tourists every weekend. Today the town was really crowded, so I have not experienced a feeling of ghost town at this place. But it is really nice destination to go. I am not going to go into much details about the history since you can get this information on official historic websites, but some of the photos below provide important historic remarks. So far, Independence is my favorite 'ghost town' in Texas. 




















Gay Hill
Gay Hill is located within few miles west from Independence on the same road FM 390. The name of this town has nothing to do with LGBT movement. Gay Hill was established in the middle of 19th century and was named after Thomas Gay, a local businessman and prominent resident. Today Gay Hill is a small rural community. 









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