Continued from yesterday's post....
(Click on any of the photos to get a closer view)
On this road through Pinto Canyon Ranch, a ten mile stretch of private property, I stop several times, turn the engine off and just look and listen. Only the sound of wind and bird and maybe your own heartbeat disturb the absolute silence. Though parts of the road are so rough that you can only creep along some it is surprisingly smooth and fast. Shortly after the turnoff for Chinati Hot Springs the road widens and begs for high gear.
Strangely, houses seem grouped in small clusters separated from each other by fields or pastures as if the original settlers were unsure about where the town should be. A small church loosely defines the center of town, assisted by the water tower and the cemetery, an apparently the school, as announced by a sign painted on the salvaged hood of a 60’s era sedan mounted against a power pole declaring “we are proud of our skool.”
Our thanks to Monte Riggs of Marfa, for sharing his impressions and images on possibly the least visited community in the Texas Mountain Trail Region!