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The Grove, Texas: A Museum Ghost Town

What is a Museum Ghost Town?

Its an abandoned town that has been lovingly restored to what it was in its heydey. Welcome to the museum town of The Grove. Its been closed down for many years as it waited for a new owner to hopefully one day open it back up to the public. As of now, its a museum piece as much as it was once a museum.

The Grove Texas

Saloon and Blacksmith shop at The Grove, Texas

The Grove Texas

Main Street-The Grove Texas

The Grove was established sometime around 1859. Its name came from a  grove of Live Oak trees near the center of the town. By the 1870’s the town boasted a post office, 2 general stores, a saloon, blacksmith shop and a sheriff’s office.

The Grove Texas

Inside the blacksmith shop at The Grove

A General Store at The Grove

A General Store at The Grove

When a major highway came through, The Grove was bypassed and by the late 1940’s. Several farmers were also forced to leave the surrounding farms due to the building of an Army training center at Fort Hood.  This caused the population to further decline to the point where the post office was shut down. in 1946, The Grove owners, W. J. and Martha Dube (DOO-bee) sold the town to a man named John Graham who owned it until 1972, when Moody Anderson an antiques dealer, came to town one day and asked if it was for sale. Graham didn’t like the idea, but it was Graham’s daughter who talked him into selling it. For the next 38 years, Anderson packed the little town with antiques.

The Grove Museum

The Museum at The Grove in Texas.

Moody Anderson had so many antiques that he ended up leasing them to several film production companies and even to the movie Lonesome Dove.

The Blacksmith Shop at The Grove

The Blacksmith Shop at The Grove in Texas

As of 2010, the 82 year old Anderson placed the town up for sale at an auction. The town was sold to the granddaughter of W. J. and Martha Dube, Fran Moyer, of San Jose, California for $200,000.00 in 2010. Her plan so far is to not do anything with it other than preserve it. There is talk that the town will be open to concerts. The town has been closed for many years since it became a museum town back in the 1970’s and is designated as a historical town by the Smithsonian Institute. The town was highlighted by Forbes magazine in a 2008 cover story.

General Store at The Grove in Texas

General Store at The Grove in Texas

Branding Iron Symbols

Branding Iron Symbols

The Well at the Grove in Texas

The Well at the Grove in Texas. It still has water in it. This well was dug in the late 1800's.

Sheriff's Office at the Grove

Sheriff's Office at the Grove in Texas

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If you go, please be respectful of the town and the residents who live near it. Its a really quiet and beautiful place in the hill country of Texas.

Abandoned Military Base: Treasure Island

Abandoned Barracks at Treasure Island

Abandoned Barracks at Treasure Island

Treasure Island is for the most part abandoned. The Island started life as a spot for the World’s Fair of 1939. Much of the Island was created on existing muscle shoals located in San Francisco  bay. The landfill from the building of the Oakland Bay Bridge was then trucked in and dumped into the shoals. After the 1939 World’s Fair, the city of San Francisco had plans to use it as an airport, but then WWII happened and the island was turned over to the military to use as a base. The base closed down in the 1990’s and has many abandoned buildings.

Broken window panes at Treasure Island

Broken window panes at Treasure Island

Abandoned Bowling Alley at Treasure Island

Abandoned Bowling Alley at Treasure Island

Abandoned Movie Theater at Treasure Island

Abandoned Movie Theater at Treasure Island

This is by far the biggest abandonment I have ever seen! Everywhere you look are rows and rows of buildings that are boarded up.

Abandoned Barracks at Treasure Island

Abandoned Barracks at Treasure Island

An old walkway at an abandoned barrack

An old walkway at an abandoned barrack

Abandoned Warehouse

Abandoned Warehouse

Abandoned Swimming Pool at Treasure Island

Abandoned Swimming Pool at Treasure Island

Interior of one of the barracks

Interior of one of the barracks at Treasure Island

Burned up building on Treasure Island

Burned up building on Treasure Island

Shot of the Oakland Bay Bridge from Treasure Island

Shot of the Oakland Bay Bridge from Treasure Island

Processing Station at Treasure Island

Processing Station at Treasure Island

Abandoned Warehouse at Treasure Island

Abandoned Warehouse at Treasure Island

A shot of Alcatraz Island from Treasure Island

A shot of Alcatraz Island from Treasure Island

Amazing Views of San Francisco can be seen from Treasure Island

Amazing Views of San Francisco can be seen from Treasure Island

The Ghost Town of Keeler California

“We are not ghosts!”

The lady said as she was walking toward me. “Do I look like a ghost?” She asked. I said “No you look real to me. Wait, let me take a photo to make sure.” I snapped a quick photo and  looked in my viewfinder and sure enough she was there.  She was only kidding of course, but she told me it’s frustrating that Keeler is considered a ghost town when in fact it still has  residents.  Some are even descendants of the original settlers in the area. She told me about 30peope still live there full time.

I have passed through this area many times on my way to Death Valley and decided that it needed to be explored and documented. Owens lake is now a dry lake bed, but unlike many of the lakes in the area that have been dry for thousands of years, Owens Lake actually had water in it up until 1924, when the Owens River was diverted into the Los Angeles Aqueduct. This area around the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range proved to be an excellent location for processing ore from the nearby mines. The lake and the river also provided a way for shipping and before long the towns of Lone Pine and Keeler sprang up to meet the needs of the mining operations.

Owens Lake California

Owens Lake Today. In the background is the Sierra Nevada mountain range

The Carson and Colorado Railroad Company built  two sets of tracks on either side of the river to meet the demand for ore processing. A train depot and large mill were constructed near the lake in Keeler.

Old Mill in Keeler California

Old Mill on the Shores of Owens Lake in Keeler California

Abandoned Carson and Colorado Railroad train depot in Keeler, CA

Abandoned Carson and Colorado Railroad train depot in Keeler, CA

The Main Street in Keeler California-Ghost Town

The Main Street in Keeler California

Abandoned Gas Station in Keeler California

Abandoned Gas Station in Keeler California

There are no services in Keeler! Apparently people have stopped at the abandoned gas station before and asked for gas and even if there was a place to stay! If you go, be respectful of the remaining residents and no, they are not ghosts!

Abandoned Mill in Keeler California

Another Shot of the Abandoned Mill in Keeler California

Peyton Colony

Near the town of Blanco Texas is the ghost town of Peyton Colony. Save for the church, its completely abandoned. The settlement was founded around 1865 by Peyton Roberts who acquired the land by preemption. According to the Preemption Act of 1841 just about anyone could obtain federal land and claim it.

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Peyton Colony School

The Colony is unique in that it was built solely by black freed men at the end of the civil war. Between 1872 and 1874 Peyton Colony built its first church on land donated by a man named Jim Upshear, who came with his wife to Peyton on a wagon train from Virginia. Around that same time a schoolhouse was built. Peyton Colony existed well up into the 1990s and many of the residents at that time were descendants of the original settlers.

A Classroom in the Peyton Colony School

Here are some interior shots of the school. I was able to gain access to the inside. Really serene spot on a small bluff overlooking the hill country.

Peyton Colony School

Window View of the School

Peyton Colony School

Peyton Colony School-Main Room

Mount Horeb Baptist Church

Mount Horeb Baptist Church-First Church Built in Peyton Colony

All that is left in Peyton Colony is the school and the church and some overgrown foundations. Its definitely worth a trip out to see it.

The Batteries at Fort MacArthur-Palos Verdes California

The California coast is littered with old WWII bunkers. At the time, America feared attack from foreign entities so the US Government poured millions of dollars into building them. many of the bunkers are abandoned the bunkers you see here are now a park near the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Even during war time, I want to think the soldiers who were stationed here must have loved the view!


Long narrow hallways made out of thick concrete

Old military truck inside the bunker

The Bunkers

Ordinance Area

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