Freaky Forest

Posted on September 30th, 2009

It's always fun to scare up a Texas ghost town. There are nearly 200 ghost towns in the Lone Star State, and though many are merely structural remains of houses at forgotten rural intersections, there are others with genuine ghoulish appeal.
In the East Texas Piney Woods, thousands of people thrived nearly a century ago in a busy logging community called Aldridge before abandoning the site practically overnight. Now located in a remote and dense area of the Angelina National Forest, the dead-quiet Aldridge sawmill ruins offer a completely contrary scene to its previous buzz of equipment and activity.

Once bustling with hundreds of homes and several saloons, hotels, and churches, Aldridge workers logged East Texas’ largest longleaf pines--some more than 30 inches in diameter. When the tree supply was depleted by 1920, however, the residents and their families packed up and moved on to the next swath of dense woodland, leaving behind several large-scale mill facilities.
The enormous and stark concrete walls of these buildings are all that remain, offering an eerie juxtaposition to the surrounding natural beauty of the enchanting second-growth forest that emerged in its place. Similarly intriguing are the remnants from local teenagers--graffiti, beer bottles, and flip-flops--who frequent the ghost town to do what they do best (my Forest Service guide simply noted, "A lot of innocence has been lost here.").

Though forest officials discourage publicizing Aldridge's location to deter even more teenagers from discovering and destroying it, legitimate visitors can get a map and directions from the visitors center. Just be sure to hide your cans of spray paint and beer before entering the ranger station.

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Jennifer Hritz - October 1st, 2009 at 9:26 AM
This sounds like something I'd want to do even without my son. So glad I checked out this blog!

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