Terlingua, Texas is a small town on the edge of Big Bend National Park. We drove over to Texas’ most visited ghost town one day to check it out. The Terlingua Cemetery was first on our stop. I read somewhere that this is one of the most photographed cemeteries in the country. It’s full of simple stonework, and small grottos with plenty of handmade decorations. At just over an acre, it didn’t take long to stroll through and notice all the dates. The earliest looked to be 1903. A lot of the people buried here were miners who succumbed to the toxicity of the mercury they worked with. Afterwards, we moseyed on over to the Trading Post and the Starlight Theatre Restaurant and Saloon also.
Drinks at La Kiva
It’s a nice chill, relaxed area that we found charming. There are NO chain restaurants, or chain anything for that matter and that’s just fine with us. We had drinks at La Kiva (the cave) one night. I got to talking to a patron and learned the ominous story of a murder at La Kiva. On stage the band consisted of a guy on guitar strumming and singing countryish music, and the most fantastic spoons player I’ve ever heard!
We’re Going to a Wedding, Y’all
Who gets invited to a wedding in Terlingua? We did! The wedding took place on a 160 acre property out by the Lajitas trails we rode last week. It was a very picturesque backdrop for the short ceremony and long party. Derek and I had a great time talking to a bunch of Texans and celebrating such a fun day.
When we were at Starlight Theatre we saw a flyer/poster advertising a party called Alien Abduction at the Goat Pens. Intrigued, we went. It turns out this was the second annual! I learned from the bartender, a lady who had moved to Terlingua from Bend!, that her boyfriend owned the 160 acre property called “the Goat Pens” and hosted some events. There was a stage and a few bands playing, and then Terlingua Burlesque performed. This is the stuff we love…stumbling upon different local events in places we visit.