One time, when a winter storm closed the roads, we spent Christmas night sleeping* in the basement of the Methodist church in Post, Texas. It was not nearly the spiritual experience one might anticipate, even with the heavy symbolism of taking refuge and etc.
And, then last Christmas Eve, I explored the Catholic church in Marathon, Texas, where I suppose a Mass was held later that night. This time it was just me and the little Pope there on the windowsill. Neither of us snored.
St. Mary Catholic Church
*Sort-of sleeping, I guess. Many, many people snore, as it turns out. And church basement floors are very cold.
If you use the definition of ghost town as “so far off the beaten path that there’s no Google street view”, this place fits the criteria.
If you use the definition of ghost town as “located ten miles from the nearest paved road”, this place fits the criteria.
If you use the definition of ghost town as “there were more owls than there were people”, this place fits the criteria.
If you use the definition of ghost town as “places my dad mentioned from his boyhood but that I can’t recall what he said exactly”, this place fits the criteria.
But then: it still has a post office. The ZIP code is 81080, and apparently there’s been a post office there since 1889. (Open weekdays from 10:30 to 12:30, and 8:30 to 10:30 on Saturday.)
And there’s also this church, with the cross taking a decided tilt toward the north. (“What does the inside of the church look like?” you should be asking yourself. Good thing I can help with that totally not at all self-serving sentence.)
Do you or someone you know struggle with knowing where to store those crosses in the off-season? Have you thought they should be kept inside, away from the weather? Do you worry that leaving them outside might be somehow considered sacrilegious?
We here at One Day | One Image share those concerns, and are happy to report that – apparently – it is perfectly acceptable to store them on the back of the parking lot, leaning against a storage shed.
St. William’s Catholic Church
Denver City, Texas
Denver City, Texas