Located near New Braunfels, this small German farming enclave couldn't withstand the Great Depression and subsequent Dust Bowl Years. Many of the original buildings are still standing, including a dance hall built in 1878 that is still used for concerts to this day.
Terlingua - Photo by Sean_McGee
Built in 1852 to protect the nearby settlers, this fort is now a state historic site. Originally called Camp San Saba, some of the fort's brick buildings “ which were abandoned in the 1880s – have been restored to what Gen. William T. Sherman once proclaimed “the prettiest post in Texas.”
If you're a country-and-western fan, you can probably hear Waylon Jennings crooning this town's name. Originally a German farming community, this hill country settlement is one of Gillespie County's oldest. It also has a renowned dance hall for those looking for a Texas State of Mind and general store that has been serving customers since the town's inception in1849.
Only in Texas would you call a silver mining town Shafter (named after Col. William R. Shafter, who was then the commander of nearby Fort Davis). This West Texas camp was established in the 1880s but has since been abandoned. Movie buffs might recognize the town from early scenes from the sci-fi flick The Andromeda Strain.
Not far from the Big Bend National Park, this former mining town has seen a renaissance: artists' studios and cafes line the dusty streets of this desert paradise.
By Anna Philpot