By T. Lindsay Baker
"The indefatigable T. Lindsay Baker has now grew to become his huge, immense psychological and actual energies to the topic and has delivered to view - if to not existence -eighty-six Texas ghost cities for the reader's excitement. Baker lists 3 standards for inclusion: tangible is still, public entry, and statewide assurance. In every one case Baker reviews in regards to the town's founding, its former importance, and the explanations for its decline. There are maps and directions for achieving every one website and diverse pictures exhibiting the prior and current prestige of every. The modern images have been taken, in such a lot cases, via Baker himself, who proves as adept a photographer as he's researcher and writer....Baker has performed his paintings completely and good, inside limits imposed by means of necessity. He evidently rejoiced within the strategy and it indicates in his prose."---New Mexico old evaluate
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And worthless for anything but firewood. In the evening went with Bryant up the river five miles. . " Occasionally Benjamin F. Bryant was called upon to lead local men against bands of warlike Indians that raided the vicinity. This occurred in 1839 when he commanded fifty-two settlers in a hand-to-hand fight with members of a war party who already had killed and scalped two families in the neighborhood. The Texans followed the band and attacked an encampment of approximately sixty warriors.
Page 5 Adobe Walls Adobe Walls was a community of merchants, clerks, cooks, and laborers, which prospered for a few months on the north side of the Canadian River in the Panhandle during the days of the great buffalo hunt. Its purpose was to serve the crews of buffalo hunters and skinners who were operating in the area. Today it is best known as the site of the 27 June 1874 Battle of Adobe Walls between the occupants of the post and about two hundred Plains Indians. After the hide hunters in 1872-73 had decimated the western Kansas buffalo herds, they began shifting their operations southward across the Arkansas and Cimarron rivers into the Texas Panhandle.
Today the old Acme gypsum plant is owned and operated by Georgia Pacific Corporation. Formerly making plaster products, today it produces primarily gypsum wallboard for the construction industry. It is shipped throughout the United States. The town of Acme has virtually faded into the past. There are ruins of several commercial and residential buildings, the concrete foundations from the former company store, and vast surface refuse left behind by the former residents. The area contains several scattered rural residences, two of which are surviving examples of former gypsum company houses built for employees years ago.
Ghost Towns of Texas by T. Lindsay Baker