June 30, 2013, my family and I passed through Landergin, TX and stopped to take pictures of a semi-modern ghost town. This town was never very large, having a gas station, restaurant and grain silo as the only buildings on record.
According to the Texas State Historical Association (2), Landergin was established in 1906 by Pat H. and John Landergin. These brothers also formed nearby towns of Vega and Adrian, both of which are much larger than Landergin ever was.
It does not say when the grain elevator was put into place, but documents we found in the scale house showed grain receipts in 1978 through 1990, and the abandoned grain elevator still stands today. There may have been more receipts, but those were the ones that were strewn about the floor of the scale house.
Today, all that stands is a gas station, a restaurant, a grain silo, and a scale house for the grain silo, all of which are abandoned. The gas station and restaurant were closed and locked, but the front door of the scale house was wide open.
We found a few pieces of information about the silo when we looked around:
The gas station was abandoned and the gas pumps mostly knocked over and destroyed. I checked all of them for an inspection sticker- that would have at least dated the gas station within one year of abandonment. All of them were either missing or faded beyond recognition.
The scale house was its own piece of work. Open to the birds, there were feathers and droppings everywhere in it. We even found a nearby bird nest:
On the floor were several items that might help date when the scale house was abandoned. The latest inspection slip we found was 7-5-90, and we also found an old calculator. Whoever ran this scale house was also interested in aircraft, as there were several copies of amateur pilot magazines laying around, dating back to 1984.
The scale itself was an analog scale, with a dial gauge visible from both the outside and the inside of the scale house. This way, the driver and the operator could both read it. Once again, the calibration date was faded as well, but there was a “9x”, meaning it was last calibrated in the 1990s.
In the back of the scale house was a bathroom, complete with shower. It might have been a farmhouse that was converted to a scale house, or perhaps someone stayed there 24 hours a day. There was a kitchen and an office, as well as the main room with the scale. There were no beds, but several desks, couches and chairs. One of the more curious things we found was an Easter basket, and a Polariod photograph of a man carrying the Easter basket. Based on the condition of the building, we opted to bring home the photograph and try to find its rightful owner. It is likely someone’s grandfather carrying the Easter basket, and I think it would be neat if we could find the owner, and maybe get a few stories from them about the town.
Once we had completed our excursion, we took a few photos, just for fun:
If you have ever been to Landergin, or have more information about its history, please comment below. I’d love to know more!
1. maps.google.com, accessed December 04, 2013.
2. H. Allen Anderson, “LANDERGIN, TX,” Handbook of Texas Online(http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/htl06), accessed December 04, 2013. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.