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More Texas Ghost Towns: Hadacol Corners, Best, and Texon

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We did this ride last weekend. I was surprised at what we found near Hadacol Corners, namely an entire abandoned ballpark and and the ruins of an old filling station that was mostly steel construction.

At one point, I know Downs was building a database of Texas ghost towns with Basecamp. If that project is still active, here are the coordinates:

Ruins just east of Hadacol Corners (31.640768, -101.804925)
Texon (31.222387, -101.692625)
Best (31.224403, -101.620909)

Here's the ride:

[ame="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j69gh5VNAwc"]Exploring Abandoned Places | Texas Ghost Town Ride No. 22 - YouTube[/ame]
 

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HAH! Been subbed for a while, didn't consider looking for you over here.
Oh yeah, I've been a regular around this little corner of the Internet for well over a decade now. LOL. It truly is a small world.

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Enjoyed the video. To answer your question about Esso stations. My Dad owned two Enco stations in the 60's in the Killeen-Harker Heights area.I worked there as a teenager. Esso was east of the Mississippi and Enco was west. Sometime around 1966-67(best as I remember) they combined the names and changed them to Exxon.
 
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Love historical stuff so I looked up these towns. Hadacol Corners had a bordello in the back of the restaurant and Texon was home to the Texon Oilers, a semi-pro baseball team. Maybe you discovered their home field!
 

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Enjoyed video, thanks.
My pleasure and much appreciated. I love making these far West Texas vids, especially when I've found a ghost town.

Enjoyed the video. To answer your question about Esso stations. My Dad owned two Enco stations in the 60's in the Killeen-Harker Heights area.I worked there as a teenager. Esso was east of the Mississippi and Enco was west. Sometime around 1966-67(best as I remember) they combined the names and changed them to Exxon.
Thanks for the info. I've had lots of people explain the Exxon connection in the comments of the vid, but this is the most concise explanation yet. The main thing I remember about Esso is that it's where Wyatt and Billy stopped for fuel in Easy Rider. :)

Slim Willet wrote a song Hadacol Corners kind of catchy tune.
Yes, it's a neat tune, and the stuff of legend out here in the Permian Basin. I was gonna use it in the video, but the rights are currently owned by Sony/ATV music, and I didn't want to risk a copyright strike or revenue sharing:

[ame="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13u04OMzJAs"]Slim Willet With The Brush Cutters - Hadacol Corners - YouTube[/ame]

Love historical stuff so I looked up these towns. Hadacol Corners had a bordello in the back of the restaurant and Texon was home to the Texon Oilers, a semi-pro baseball team. Maybe you discovered their home field!
Gambling houses and bordellos were the staple of these small and camp towns. One of the worst was a still-thriving town south of Big Spring called Forsan. The unofficial motto of Best, Texas was, "The town with the best name and the worst reputation". LOL. Today Odessa has apparently taken all their places. Hahaha.
 

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Here are a few more ghost town meanderings from here in West Texas. The first is a jaunt into the Trans-Pecos. The second is a visit to a ghost town north of Big Spring that's hanging onto life:

[ame]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Js-1zbvsY40[/ame]

[ame]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Esj3BTHmzvY[/ame]
 
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