If you've driven across Texas, chances are you've driven through several abandoned towns. There are more ghost towns in Texas than in any other state in the United States, roughly 511, according to a recent study by GeoLab.

What's the definition of a ghost town?

Ghost towns are defined as deserted towns with very few residents or no residents at all. They usually contain remnants of remaining buildings and infrastructure, and they are typically abandoned because the popular economic activity in the area has ceased to exist for whatever reason.

So, why are there so many ghost towns in Texas?

When you live in a small Texas town for oil, gas, and mining, and those money-making resources disappear, it's time to pack up and leave. Lots of old bustling Texas towns were left empty because there just wasn't a reason to stick around anymore. You gotta follow the money, honey.

You can find a full list of Texas ghost towns on Wikipedia by clicking here. If you're into photography, you might enjoy visiting a few of these creepy old towns for a photoshoot. Lots of cool eery stuff to capture.

Do you have a favorite Texas ghost town? I'd love to see your photos! Feel free to email me at Chrissy.Covington@townsquaremedia.com for the chance to have your images featured in a future article.

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