I am not sure what purpose this building used to have, but it was lovely to look at – nice proportions, plenty of natural light (especially since there plenty of broken windows to let in even more light), some graffiti to read.
Plan ahead, if you want to go to Barstow, Texas, because not every place will take credit or debit cards. Also, I don’t think Venmo is an option at this particular location.
A mirror. I found a mirror in the corner of what’s left of this building. The ceiling was gone and so was the roof. None of the windows had any glass left in them. But the mirror was fine.
Sometimes it is hard to understand what I find.
Those two bottles of Coke (the good kind, from Mexico, it looks like) are keeping each other company on the bottom shelf of the cooler.
But also: what happened to the carpet? It looks as if disaster has struck.
There’s almost nothing left here, and what is left has a good chance of having been burned, like the old school.
But back in the day, some interesting things went on here:
In 1942 Pyote Air Force Station was constructed at Pyote south of Highway 80 on land owned by the University of Texas; it was used for bomber training. After World War II more than 4,000 bombers and fighter planes were sent to the Pyote base for melting into scrap metal. Among those stored there were the Enola Gay, which dropped the first atomic bomb, and Swoose, General MacArthur’s plane. However, those two famous planes were rescued from destruction by the Smithsonian Institution. (Texas State Historical Association)