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“Interesting, unique and educational” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Terlingua

Terlingua
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Owner description: Town which was abandoned after the mercury deposits were depleted.
Wichita, Kansas
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8 reviews
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“Interesting, unique and educational”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2013

The ghost town of Terlingua is a must see if you're in the area-just a few minutes can teach you so much-the history of the interactions for so long between people on each side of the border, the old mine, the old cemetery, the huge gift shop with an array of books about the West and Southwest. Glad I stopped, made me think about the people who really shaped this area.

Visited March 2013
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Youngstown, OH
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173 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Off the grid”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2013

If you are visiting Bend Bend NP and don't stay at the fine lodge in the park you will likely stay in Terlengua a couple of miles west of the park entrance. There are a couple of hundred permanent residents of this quirky collection of jumbled buildings. It is hard to tell the ghost town from the real town. There are a few places to stay and some pretty good places to eat. It is somewhat of an artists conclave with a lot of refugees from the '60's. They have live music at many of the eateries and some of it is pretty good. We stayed at the Chisios Mining company (a budget place once step up from tent camping) and the Bar-B-Q shack next door was pretty good. The palce is really dark at night and with little to no clouds most days the sky at night is like a planetarium. Lots of biker types can be found.

Visited March 2013
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New Iberia, Louisiana
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18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Terlingua Ghost Town”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2013 via mobile

An old cemetery, old buildings and The Starlight Cafe make Terlingua an excellent place to visit. It is in close proximity to Big Bend National Park. We booked a room at The Holiday Hotel which has themed rooms in which to stay. We really enjoyed our stay here.

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San Antonio, Texas
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83 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Quirky.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2013

When Austin is too bland, there is Terlingua. Guys who make $500 per year sitting on a bench enjoying a sundowner with a guy making $500 per hour. Hint, they both are probably rich. Plan on staying long enough to browse the store, have a coldie, and hit he road. There is a popular restaurant there. I've never had a good experience there, but others have. They will misrepresent the wait times, plan on 4 or 5 times longer.

Visited March 2013
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Yellowstone Nat. Park
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19 reviews
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“Change of pace from the Big Bend wilderness”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2013

When your permitted two weeks in Big Bend is up, and you need a day outside the park, Terlingua Ghost Town is the place. It is a pretty entertaining place for a visit of about a day. Good lodging at the Big Bend Holiday Hotel. Good meals at the Starlight, some even great, and some good local music. The publicity given to "characters" is a little overdone -- I know towns with more characters -- but it is a pretty friendly place overall and the porch can be good for a chat. Farmers market once a week (currently on Saturday) is worth a peek for organic eggs and fresh greens. I could have easily spent the day shooting photos of the ghost town buildings all over the place. Some very good LOCAL art at the little gallery. Check out the general store, too -- arts and crafts range from skilled local work to tacky touristy doodads. The store has one of the best book rooms I've seen in quite a while. So, all in all, a fine place for an entertaining day.

Visited February 2013
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