This was one of the first times I’d been brave enough to walk into an abandoned building to take some pictures. But I am glad I did: this place is boarded up now.
This place has an interesting history that involves millionaires, Postum, and planned communities. Wikipedia has this to say:
The rare motorist that happens to pass through the remote small town of Close City today may be unaware that, at the turn of the century, the town site was chosen as the original location of Post City, a model community and grand social experiment conceived by C. W. Post, an American breakfast cereal and foods manufacturer. In the early 1890s, Post developed a popular caffeine-free coffee substitute called Postum and later made a fortune on breakfast cereals such as Grape Nuts and Post Toasties. As Post’s wealth grew, his interests began to expand into other areas. One project that had always intrigued him was the creation of a planned community of model homes and industry. His success in the prepared foods industry provided the financial resources to make this dream a reality.
The Close City schoolhouse is two stories high; this auditorium is on the second floor. The building was in use from 1919 to 1965, when the school closed and students went to nearby Post, Texas, for school.
Close City School
Garza County, Texas
The school in Close City is about all that’s left of the town, which was intended to be a planned community of model homes and industry. It was, however, too far away from the center of the county to serve as the county seat and was abandoned in the early 1900s.
The school building is mostly boarded up now, but at one point, it was easy to get inside and wander around, either to spray-paint important messages on the walls (actual message: For a good time call me. Ask 4 Aimee.) or to take pictures. You can probably figure out what I did when I was inside…
Western Garza County, Texas