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The floor could use some work


To be fair, though, it’s not just the floor. The roof looks like it needs a bit of attention as well.

But at one time, this was a thriving business. It even had separate entrances for the drug counter and for groceries.

Maple, Texas
photographed 2.16.2014

Off road


Because I am sure you want to know, here’s a short explanation of what “off road diesel” is.

“Off road diesel” is diesel that is for use exclusively for off road uses. Like farm vehicles or diesel generators.

It’s dyed (red, usually) to distinguish it from non-off-road diesel. It’s cheaper than regular diesel because its price does not include federal highway taxes. And, while you can burn it in your diesel car, for example, without harming the engine, you’ll be risking some tax evasion charges.

If you want more information – and who WOULDN’T want more information?! – you can go here.

Maple, Texas
photographed 2.16.2014



Just across the road from this place, there’s a little building that I am sure used to be a church. There’s not a sign in front, and the maps I’ve found don’t provide any information, but I am just certain that’s what it used to be. Maybe it’s the dimensions of the building – longer than it is wide. Maybe it’s just me, making up some “facts.” But anyway, the front door is locked, with a rusting wheel pushed against it for good measure.

Around to the side, a new-ish metal roof contrasts with the peeling paint of the stucco wall and boarded up windows. And an electrical line, and its shadow, cut through the scene. The side door? It was so secure it didn’t even have a doorknob on the outside!

Maple, Texas
photographed 2.16.2014

A smattering of light


I didn’t even know there was a town called Maple, but there it was. Well, sort of. The Maple Co-op Gin appears to be still operational, and there are a couple of houses that are inhabited. But the rest of the place is left to the elements.

The town is not named after a popular locally-sourced syrup: this is cotton country, after all. Rather, it got its name from Mr. (I’m guessing on that part, actually) Maple Wilson, an early settler. It was founded in the early 1920s and the population peaked in the 1940s at approximately 600; at its peak the town had six businesses. The 2010 census listed the population at 56.

This is one of the six businesses Maple had at its peak; this one had two entrances and you can still read GROCERIES painted beside one door and DRUG COUNTER by the other one. I like the way the bits of light, from the holes in the roof, let the light play against the wall.

Maple, Texas
photographed 2.16.2014

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