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windmill & shed
"Windmill & Shed"
This old windmill use to sit on Ranch to Market 1431 (Round Rock). Sadly it no longer stands, nor does the shed.
I have always wondered if it was once part of a homestead or just their for the convenience of the cattle.

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“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 greatly 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.

Ineffable Texas Photo Stories (The stories woven around the images.)  |  Full Ineffable Texas Image Collection



Game of Rings, Bertram, TX
"Game of Rings" (Bertram, Texas)
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11th Street, Bandera, TX
"Eleventh Street" (Bandera, Texas)
Bandera, Texas brands itself as "The Cowboy Capital of Texas" because the large number ranches located nearby.
For me, "Eleventh Street" reminds me of what the old west, and Bandera, was once like.

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Waxahachie, TX feed_store & 31_Ford Deluxe
"Feed Store" (Waxahachie, TX)
I was wandering about the old Waxahachie Depot when I happened to notice this 1931 Ford Deluxe Sedan pull up in front of old feed store.
It presented a story of a time past that had to be captured. As you view the image, let your imagination roam free through your memories.

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Off we go to grandma's house; what's left of it.
"To Grandma's house we go
What's left of it, that is"
I saw this old abandoned house along a Texas country road. The light shining through the scrub on this old abandoned house is what caught my eye as wandered along a Texas country road. The first thought that came to my mind was that this was someone's grandma's house. I thought of grand children visiting grandma over the years, and wondered if they ever return today , and if they do, what memories they have of this old house?

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tin can water tank with windmill.
"Tin Can Water Tank & Windmill (Jarrell, Texas)
This "tin can" water tank supplied the small town of Jarrell faithfully until recently, when a much larger water tank was erected. Not too many years before that, the windmill still pumped water into the tank. There is a different version of this shot below.

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tin can water tank with windmill.
"Tin Can Water Tank & Windmill (Jarrell, Texas)

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Bandera General Store Soda Fountain
"Bandera General Store Soda Fountain
The quintessential soda fountain. Soda fountains such as these use to dot the landscape of Texas and elsewhere. These days not many are of them are left.
The Bandera General Store is a relative newcomer to Bandera. The building use to house, among other things, a dance hall.

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Texas Plaza, Decatur, TX
"Texas Plaza" (Decatur, Texas)
Buildings created out of petrified wood can be found a good bit of Texas. The Texas Plaza is probably the most famous of all such buildings.
The façade of the café, gas station and motel is petrified wood.

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Privilege Creek Valley, Bandera County, TX
"Land of Contentment"
(Bandera Wilderness, Bandera County, Texas)
If you ask people outside of Texas to describe Texas, this seen would fit the description that many would give. Of course, not all Texas is like this. It varies from lush woodlands to sandy beaches and barrier islands, to mountains, deserts, and plains.

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