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ADOBES, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Presidio County, West Texas

FM 170 and the Rio Grande
6 miles SE of Chinati
SW of
Marfa the county seat
NW of
Presidio
Population: ?
Adobes, west Texas ghost town
A typical residence in Adobes
Photo courtesy Erik Whetstone, April 2005

History in a Pecan Shell

There isn't too much to say about Adobes. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then Erik Whetstone's photo essay is probably the most ever said about the town.

The five lines in the Handbook of Texas say that it came into being in the 1870s as "farming community" - as unlikely as that seems today. Sheep were raised as well as whatever crops they could coax from the rocky soil. But the Rio Grande did provide abundant water and in 1914 irrigation pumps allowed the residents to grow cotton. By 1930 Adobes had 750 irrigated acres.

Reportedly still operating in the 1980s, Adobes today offers the visitor a melancholy but memorable vision of what most people imagine a borderland ghost town to be.

Adobes, west Texas ruins




A former residence.

Photo courtesy Erik Whetstone, April 2005
Adobes, west Texas ghost town
Another structure.
Photo courtesy Erik Whetstone, April 2005
Adobes, west Texas grave
One of Adobes (barely-marked) graves.
Photo courtesy Erik Whetstone, April 2005
Adobes, west Texas ghost town
One building has managed to retain it's roof.
Photo courtesy Erik Whetstone, April 2005
Adobes, west Texas ghost town
Another view of Adobes
Photo courtesy Erik Whetstone, April 2005
Presidio County TX 1940s Map
Presidio County 1940s map showing Adobes
( Below "P" in "P-R-E-S-I-D-I-O")

Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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Adobes, Texas Nearby Towns:
Marfa the county seat
Presidio | Terlingua
More, see Presidio County | West Texas

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