On day 2 of our journey, just outside of Abilene, we found the very old Town of Sylvester, TX. It’s not only old, but it actually seems to be melting into the ground! The buildings are deteriorating, with no new construction replacing it!
The Bluebonnet Cafe
As we pulled into town, the old Bluebonnet Cafe was the first building to catch my eye. With pieces of the signage drooping down to meet the ground, my jaw dropped as my head turned to follow it, as we drove by.
The Gas Station
Then I saw the reflection of the gas station in the puddle by the road, (see the photo at the top of this post) and knew that I had to pull over immediately!
We Met the Postmaster
We met the woman that was working at the post office. While she didn’t exactly introduce herself as the postmaster, she did know a lot about the town! As she talked about the buildings, I added the information to my photos, but didn’t catch it all! Brittany, if you’re reading this, please add your comments below!
The current post office is as modern as any you’d expect to find in a small town. Neither sleet nor snow nor diminishing towns shall keep the postmen from their appointed rounds!
The End of an Era
According to my memory, she said the land could only be purchased by members of the family…or something like that…making it difficult for the town to actually grow!
We were surprised at the current population: Did she say 66? (When does a town become a Ghost Town?) The old post office was located in the adjacent lot. Beyond that was the old grocery store. This is fascinating! We are observing history in the making, and this is most likely the end of an era for the Town of Sylvester, Texas.
Roby is Sylvester’s Neighbor
Although it’s not much bigger, the Town of Roby is just 10 miles up the road. It has a little more to offer along the line of services (like gas, for example). But it’s still a small town.
Many stores all over America are closed, and the stores of Roby are no different. While I did not interview anybody to ask WHY the stores were closed, I assume it was due to the ongoing pandemic.
See what I mean? This business, like so many others across America, has closed its doors!
Back on the Road
But at this point in our day, we had barely gotten on the road, so we didn’t hang out too long. Sylvester Texas (and its sister-town Roby) were delightful, but our goal is Trinidad, CO by nightfall. So get back in the car!
Have you ever been to Abilene? Sylvester? or Roby? Please tell me about it in the comments below!
4 thoughts on “The Town of Sylvester TX”
My grandmother on my dad’s side was born in Sylvester in 1911. They were traveling farm laborers and they came to Sylvester for the annual cotton harvest. By February or March they move on to the Arizona laborer camps.
Traveling farm laborers! That’s quite a life/style! Thanks for your comments!
I’m Heaven, while my Grandmother didn’t grow up there, she does own a house in Sylvester where I grew up most my youth. She used to work for an older lady who lived there who gave her the home when she passed. I played in the streets, abandoned buildings (like the school), and even went to the school of Roby. We still own a PO Box in Sylvester where we have to check for her mail even though we live in Abilene. I came across your post while also looking into the history of that old little town my Grandma lived in!
Awe! Sweet memories! Thanks for sharing!