Old School, Catarina, Texas

by Brian Cofer March. 28, 2013 13153 views

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.

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Stormfish 6 years, 4 months ago

very "spanish". or mexican, for that matter. i've tried to find similar abandoned places on my recent trip to california, from which i'm just back, but much to my dismay, i was either not cruising off the beaten tracks enough or california's backwater simply don't have such marvelous places as you find there in TX.

also, couldn't really get hold of nice old street signs. in general, they look much smaller than your booming ones and by far less spectacular. oh well...

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Melissa 6 years, 4 months ago

I have really enjoyed your whole series. Your photos have made this history geek's day!

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Jay 6 years, 4 months ago

Number 8 goes into my favorites because the coloring, and the pretty outline of the roof with the cacti below. Really nice.

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