Frank A. Mills

"Ineffable Texas"

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Elgin, Texas

Elgin, Texas

“Ineffable Texas” takes us on a journey through a rapidly vanishing Texas— Through nearly vanished hamlets and once grand main streets, by roadside attractions and tourist traps fallen on hard times, gasping eateries and filling stations, fallen barns; all of it, a vanishing Texas.

Roads were not the only "ribbons" that connected Texas. There were the steel rails that seemed to connect to every town, and if they didn't the neglected town often moved to the rails. People travelled between small town and big cities, visiting family and shopping. The rails brought supplies and carried away local produce, livestock and manufactured goods to the nation's markets.

Native Americans, Spanish explorers, and early settlers followed the waterways of Texas along the Gulf Coast and into the interior, sometimes with boats and barges, but most often on foot, horseback and wagon. In time, pleasing spots along these ribbons of blue gave birth to Texas towns, provided water for livestock and crops. Along these same blue ribbons dams were constructed, mills established,and industry was born.

Today the rail network of Texas is gDISTORTED REALITYtly diminished and trips are rarely made by rail. Today few of Texas' rivers see commercial traffic; Today we are prone to travel the Interstates, yet there are still remnants of varicose ribbons to follow, rusted rails to discover, and rivers to explore.

This is what "Ineffable Texas" is all about— Discovering and exploring the lyrical stories of Texas and documenting them photographically as we travel her back roads.

[My Texas sojourn was interrupted by a move to Ohio, but I will return and continue to photograph an Ineffable Texas.]