Historical Sights and Architecture Across West Texas
by Chad Hauris, Retro Electronics and Audio Lab, Midland TX. 2/21/06,
In Feb. 2005 I traveled across
West Texas and had my new digital camera
with me. Here are some of the sights I saw on the trip.
If anyone can offer more information about the buildings and sights
seen here, please email us at
and we will include it.
1. This first page includes Big Spring, Texas.
International Loadstar 1600 Truck and Dodge 1970's Van in Coahoma
3. Colorado City, Texas
4. Decatur, Texas (coming soon!)
5. Baird, Texas (coming soon!)
I first traveled from Midland to Big Spring. Big Spring was once one of
West Texas' most prosperous cities but seems to have fallen on hard
First, here is the 1978 Grand Marquis parked on the Big Spring town
square. (Click the photos for larger views).
The first thing that caught my sight was the Petroleum Building. The
building appears to be vacant, though still in fairly good condition.
It may have been built at about the same time as Midland's Petroleum
Building, in the late 1920's.
Engraved sign above the door of the Petroleum Building:
Next I walked down the street and saw an old bank building which also
Turning the corner, you can see the main entrance of the bank building:
Across the street is the old Big Spring hardware store. It is now an
antique shop which is heated by a woodburning stove.
Further down the street is this old brick and stone building. The Hotel
Settles can be seen in the background.
1950's style pavilion and Antique shop. This shop specializes in war
surplus and military antiques.
Old theater that is now a bail bonds office. There were several
bondsmens' offices around the courthouse, some of which had gone
Here is another old theater in Big Spring that I believe is still
operating. This was taken through the car windshield.
Hotel Settles in Big Spring. This 15-story hotel was built in
1930 but is now defunct, though there are plans to restore it. It
closed in the late 1970's or early 80's.
is a Texas Escapes article with more photos of the hotel.
American Newspaper article about hotel restorations
Bottom floors of the hotel:
Continue to next sections...
Loadstar 1600 truck and 1970's Dodge Van in Coahoma, Texas
3. Colorado City, Texas
4. Decatur, Texas (Coming Soon)
5. Baird, Texas (Coming Soon)
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