Thursday, June 15, 2006

Orla, Texas

A couple I met at Brantley Lake State Park in New Mexico prepared me for Orla. "It's like a ghost town," one said. "The only thing left is the gas station."

What I wasn't prepared for: how typical Orla is. Orla's only notable for its concentration of empty buildings.

Abandoned, collapsing buildings pop up everywhere along the rural roads of west Texas. Perhaps they were abandoned, then collapsed; perhaps they collapsed and then were abandoned. The only ones who can say are no longer here.

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