Seagraves is a tiny town stuck in the middle of a bit of Texas that’s either referred to as “West Texas” or “The Panhandle” depending on your perspective. It’s definitely part of the large cotton producing region that makes up the High Plains., but there is enough of the oil patch as it’s on the edge of the Permian Basin field. It’s definitely a crappy place to be from, but it’s a bit brighter and cleaner than some of the really crappy places I’ve written about (for example, here, here, and especially here). I’ll be traveling out in this area quite a bit during the next few months, for a project near a tiny place called Wellman. When I drove through the area in and around Seagraves last week, the gray overcast sky and cool weather made me want to slow down and enjoy the drive. (Note: in 2010, Extreme Makeover, which is a TV show that rebuilds houses, provided a family in Wellman with a new home, a year after their daughter died from texting while driving. I’ll have to drive by and see it next time I’m there. You can look it up on YouTube, but be warned that they arranged for Justin Bieber to be there.)
This being Texas, every town has a place for football, even if your team is six-man, and the stadium holds more people than live in the town. Which in Wellman’s case, is 203 people.
The only restaurant in town has been long gone. It probably had pretty damn good chicken-fried steak at one time. Now, the nearest eating establishment is in Seagraves, which I wrote about last year.
I’ve been driving by this old carbon black plant for over 40 years, mostly back when I was attending Texas Tech and traveling home to visit my parents. I don’t see cars any more, so I assume it’s abandoned.