Here's the third and last post in my series on Catarina, a near-ghost town in South Texas, not too terribly far from the Rio Grande. This was once a substantial town with 2,500 residents on the eve of the Great Depression. The old school must have once been a majestic sight with it's Spanish architechture and red tile roof. I'm not sure when it was closed, but looking at old population figures, it was probably during the 1950s or '60s. Trying to get to the building was quite a chore as the grounds were overgrown with mesquite and cactus. Rattlesnakes are also a constant hazard in this part of the country. Antying that lives here either sticks you bites you. Love the tile work. Some very attractive touches like this on the building that elevated it above the average 1920s, small-town school. I can imagine this building in its prime with a nicely kept front lawn, and kids scampering across it.