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This church, first known as the Swedish Free Mission Church, was built in 1915. The services were conducted in Swedish until the 1940s.

The church is currently called the Evangelical Free Church and services are held every Sunday afternoon at 4:00.

Melvin, Texas
photographed 6.15.2020

Cabinet

I have an endless fascination for the things that get left behind when a place is abandoned. It started in Floydada, Texas, when I spotted a single spatula left in an out-of-business hamburger stand, and I haven’t gotten over it yet. I understand that maybe the last people who lived here didn’t really mean to abandon the place, but a sofa? Or an electric skillet, a cooler, some jars, and all the other stuff that I couldn’t see well enough to identify?

Melvin, Texas
photographed 6.15.2020

Love, too

That old plywood serves as the town’s message board, from the looks of things…

Melvin, Texas
photographed 6.15.2020

Ponytail

The wind, coming through the broken glass, had whipped the windowshades into a weird ponytail of desolation.

Melvin, Texas
photographed 2.25.2018

A great deal of confusion

Every time I drive from Lubbock to Austin, I go through the tiny town of Melvin, Texas. Almost the only thing there is an out-of-business store, and it’s been out of business since I can remember. And if you can believe it, with my love of out-of-business businesses, I’d never even stopped to look around.

But last month, I had the opportunity to rectify my error. It was worth the stop – this confusing situation right here, with reflective glass and boarded-up windows, made it worth the brief delay in getting home.

(The place is for sale if you’re interested.)

Melvin, Texas
photographed 2.25.2018

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