Old buildings in towns along US 287 in Texas

Old homesteads can be seen from the highway US 287 as we travel its length from Fort Worth to Amarillo.


This old house and barn are from long ago and an example of structures that dot the wide open prairies.


Old railway cars are used on some ranches to store salt licks, feed, horse tack, saddles, and other items necessary in running a ranch. These old rail cars have been abandoned for quite some time.


The small towns of Quanah, Vernon, Memphis, Chilicothe, and Childress have buildings of architectural interest. Odd shapes and angles built in the town proper to showcase the jewel it was at the time.




Old gas stations still stand in testament of days gone by when US 287 was the major road to anywhere before I-40 was built.


Traveling the roads off the interstate always have something to offer as you go through the small towns. A glimpse of life as it was lived in the old days when life was harder and everyone knew their neighbors.

Hope you are enjoying your long weekend and traveling safely.



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I am an over the road truck driver in Drive-Away Transport part of the year, and the sole bookkeeper of this operation the other part of the year. I do a lot of whining until I can get in my craft room and play with paper and glue. View all posts by Message In A Fold

8 responses to “Old buildings in towns along US 287 in Texas

  • aspot2stamp

    Hi there 🙂 Love the old homestead and barn with the windmill looks like a painting I’ve seen. I imagine many homes looked alike in the way they were built for the functionalality not to be the prettiest house on the range. We have many old barns dotting the countryside when we take country rides with the kids. Back when Brian was a photo takin maniac 🙂 lol he would take us all over to get a good photo. Things seem to be way to busy on him lately to get away but we are hoping to take the kids on a small outing next weekend coming along are Jereme and Jordan , Melissa and the kiddies.
    Keep safe and thanks for sharing your adventures with me 🙂
    Tell Joe hello from all of us and hope you have nice holiday weekend although you’re out on the road.

    Love and Hugs,

    • Message In A Fold

      Sounds like a weekend spent tramping the countryside is enjoyed by all :-)b you even get to have your two oldest to hike along with. Excellent!

      Photo taking maniac. That is too funny. I bet Brian is good at it, too. Taking photos not the maniac part 🙂

      Enjoy your family time. I know how special it is to have all the kids gathered and just listen to them talk.

      Love you – Leslie

  • Pati Mishler

    Always, people need to make a living, alas, in days gone by, people worked hard. Good times came, that little gas station was at one time probably a real busy hubub of a place, people knew to go there to get their fuel, and probably something to eat, hear how the weather was, got to know everyone by name. Now, that day is long gone, there is no need for the little gas station any more, it looks all alone. Thats the way of lots of buildings, time passes, things change, some good, some bad. Enjoy being a passenger sis, lol. Tell Joe hi, be careful on the road you two. Love you, P

    • Message In A Fold

      You know first hand how important a gas station is to a small community. The gathering place for news and events.

      Hmmm, that might be a topic you may want to share some stories about. I bet you have one or two funny wild Kansas storm stories just itching to get out 🙂

      Love you Sis

  • gardenpinks

    I love looking at old buildings and wonder about the people who lived in them or worked in them. Have safe travels Leslie and Joe. Is Joe’s knee better now?
    Love and hugs
    Lynn xx

    • Message In A Fold

      When I see old buildings like that I think of clothing flapping on a clothespin line, a dog laying in the shade of the house while children ran around laughing and squealing.

      Then I get really bonkers and wonder if the old house feels the loss of a family so much it causes the place to fall in. Crazy thinking.

      Love you – Leslie

  • Suzanne Cook Taylor

    I’m so happy to find your blog. My husband and I have traveled along 287 several times when we leave our home in Utah and drive to see our daughter who lives near Dallas. We would much rather drive than fly!

    I have always wondered about those small towns and the old buildings. I’ve tried to picture in my mind what they would have looked like fifty years ago. I always feel sadness that so many of the communities are abandoned. Some of the homes were quite nice and were most likely someone’s dream at one time. I’ve wondered what made their efforts fail and where they may have gone.

    Thank you so much for your effort in posting your photos and information.

    Best wishes,
    Suzanne Taylor from Utah

    • Message In A Fold


      Thank you for leaving a comment on my blog, I appreciate you. That is one long car ride for you guys! Guess I should say TWO long car rides, since you have to get back home 😉 Have you stopped in Albuquerque, New Mexico and gone to the Old Town? If you take US 6 on your trek, personally, I think you get to go through the section of our world where I think God sat for a spell while he was creating our earth. The Four Corners area of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona on US 6 is spectacular. The different colors of the earth – reds, blacks, grays, and browns – and the topography of the landscape is nothing short of amazing.

      Safe travels to you and your husband everywhere you go.


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