Five Abandoned Places in Northeast Texas



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Above is what one might call, “the Last Swann Song” as this once promising community of shops now sits empty with boarded up windows on Swann Street near downtown Tyler.

Photo by Stan Johnson

There’s something eerie, yet beautifully intriguing, about old structures covered up with nature or decay because humans no longer care for them. Once thriving operations, one can now only speculate about the memories made in these locations.

Photographer Stan Johnson shares here a few of his favorite forgotten places in the Upper East Side of Texas. 

Above is what one might call, “the Last Swann Song” as this once promising community of shops now sits empty with boarded up windows on Swann Street near downtown Tyler.

  Next is an old railroad bridge rotting away in Scroggins. The town began in 1850 and grew up around a sawmill and was a shipping point on the East Line and Red River Railroad constructed through the area in 1877.
Then there is an old bait house that sits next to the abandoned country store in  Coke, located at the intersection of FM 69 and Highway 515.  
  The art deco Overton Theatre building is next. It closed in 1965 and was used in the past as storage for a former furniture store. Owners John and Loretta Posey talk about fixing it up one of these days.
Finally, there is an inside shot of the auditorium of former Talco High School where many games and performances took place long ago.  
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