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“Ghost town....”
Review of Terlingua

Terlingua
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Owner description: Town which was abandoned after the mercury deposits were depleted.
West Linn, Oregon
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272 reviews
137 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
“Ghost town....”
Reviewed April 15, 2013

This little ghost town could use a little makeover. It has great potential....just needs a little lovin!

Visited April 2013
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San Antonio, Texas
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“Rednecks and adventurers paradise”
Reviewed April 3, 2013

I happen to appreciate the "unblemished" or rather the unpolished part of Americana when we are traveling and Terlingua fits that. If you prefer Scottsdale to exploring Route 66 then this is not your kind of place. It is rustic, rough, dusty, and unpolished in every sense. Keep in mind the whole area was a mining town from the turn of the 20th century until as recently as the '70's in some cases. It is easy to imagine in the '70's through '80's that it must have been a dead back road dust bowl kind of place, but it is clearly breathing itself back to life as an outdoor adventure kind of place. The best way I can describe it is if you picture Moab Utah before it was cool. There are no fancy hotels and it is dusty and in the middle of nowhere, but we drove to Big Bend and to Presidio and the Rio Grande and went horseback riding and took a Jeep tour of an old mine. If you want to get out and explore it is great. If you are wanting green grass and umbrellas in your drinks this is definitely not the area.

Visited March 2013
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Wichita, Kansas
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8 reviews
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“Interesting, unique and educational”
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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172 reviews
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“Off the grid”
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
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Terlingua Ghost Town”
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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