Starting as a project for an advanced photography class at Rice University, these photographs are of small towns in Texas, primarily south of San Antonio and east of Del Rio. I travel extensively in my work and drive through many rural communities. When possible, I take a few moments to look around for interesting subjects that communicate small town America.
The posts are sorted by date, meaning the most recent photographs are on top.
Abandoned gas station south of Goliad.
(iPhone) Near Edinburg, Texas. This is a 1960s style motor lodge where you literally drive up to your room and park. The rooms are spacious and the prices, by modern standards, are very reasonable — $72.00 a night. I love these old hotels because they have a “throw back” vibe that’s missing in the box hotels that have popped up everywhere.
El Campo.Tx. Another old style motel.
Near La Grange, Tx.
Near Bellville, Tx.
Sabinal, Tx. I took this photo just after 12 noon. The only sign of inhabitants are the tire tracks.
Outside Hondo, Tx. Spring time in the hill country is colorful and bright.
Bishop, Tx. A large part of south Texas is agricultural. But like most farming states many small family farms in Texas have been bought out.
Daisetta, Tx. Once you drive over the tracks you’re suddenly in the woods, no suburbs.
Crystal Beach, Tx.
Daisetta, Tx. Nice to see old structures being rehabbed instead destroyed.
Skidmore, Tx. It’s common in small towns to see several businesses operating out of one structure.
Near Beeville, Tx. Signs of a failed business.
4 thoughts on ““Rural Towns in Texas” by Joe Arbona”
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Very nice collection of rural town photos!
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I’m researching my family, and I think we might be distantly related. Margaret (Pfeiffer) Arbona was my great-grandfather’s sister. His name was Emil Ernest Pfeiffer (my grandmother was Louise Pfeiffer Dixon, and my father is Ernest Dixon). I found a comment that you made on an article about the Arbona house being haunted when I was doing some research on Margaret, and I followed the link in your comment to your photography page.