The Mostly Abandoned Ghost Town Terlingua

The Mostly Abandoned Ghost Town Terlingua

Stark buildings lay off the route 170, along Terlingua Ghost Town road, Brewster County, Texas.

The Mostly Abandoned Ghost Town Terlingua

Terlingua is part of the National Register of Historic Places. It began in 1888, when Jack Dawson produced the first Mercury from the land after the discovery of Cinnabar. A post office was established in 1899. Howard Perry began the Chisos Mining Company here in 1903 and 3,000 residents populated the town.

Chisos Mine shaft No. 9 ended up mining rich ore deep within the ground that ran into Rainbow mine in 1930. Howard Perry ended up buying this mine in 1938. In 1934, the Chisos Mine underwent accusations of poor pay in bad mining conditions. Described as terribly, horribly hot with no ventilation. The mine produced 100,000 flasks of quicksilver by the time it closed.

In 1942, Howard Perry had to file for bankruptcy as his payments were delinquent. Come 1943, the mine closed. The infrastructure consisted of 17 levels with 3 shafts connecting 23 miles of workings.

There are several nearby capped and closed mines through out the area.

The Mostly Abandoned Ghost Town Terlingua
The cemetery entrance

The Terlingua Cemetery dates to the early 1900’s. The burial counts include residents, mine workers, those of gun fights and the 1918 influenza epidemic. The cemetery is still used by locals and on November 2, many gather to celebrate the Day of the Dead. Today, the resident population is less than 60.

The Mostly Abandoned Ghost Town Terlingua

Terlingua, Texas was featured in the film; Paris, Texas. It was the focus of the NGC show; Badlands, Texas.

Chili Cook-offs take place here every year.

The Mostly Abandoned Ghost Town Terlingua
The Mostly Abandoned Ghost Town Terlingua

Where is the Ghost Town Terlingua located? You can find it with these coordinates. 29.319571, -103.615223.

The Mostly Abandoned Ghost Town Terlingua

Image 1 by Brandon Burns / Flickr. Used under CC BY-NC 2.0.

Images 2 – 6 by Jack Parrot. Used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

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