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Old Posted Feb 5, 2014, 8:43 PM
austlar1 austlar1 is offline
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Yeah, a lot of railroad towns went into serious decline once the interstate highway system was up and running and passenger/parcel freight rail virtually disappeared. I'm sure the arrival of Walmart like shopping also sealed the fate of these downtown areas. Downtown Texarkana is a stunning case in point. It has a multiple abandoned or empty 10 to 20 story buildings including two or three hotels, at least one largish and abandoned department store, and a handsome and very empty passenger train station. It is kind of like a ghost town. I am sure there are other cities in Texas that present a similar picture. Brownwood had a very nice downtown and must have been quite nice at one point.
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