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Right up to the door

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Last growing season, the crops went right up to the door of this old place. In a few more years, it’ll be all crop and no house. It’s the way things go out here.

near Pettit, Texas
photographed 2.16.2014

What happens when high schools die

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According to this site, the school in Pettit has been closed since the 1960s, when it merged with the school in the nearby town of Levelland. Closing the school is generally the dying gasp of a town; of course the declines don’t start with a school closure, but seem be exacerbated by them.

Nowadays, the old school buildings are fenced and cattle and goats wander freely around what’s left of the place.

I can’t explain the wrecked pickup.

Pettit, Texas
photographed 2.16.2014

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