Ghost Town Wednesday: Stiles, Texas

GhostTownWednesday  “It isn’t likely that a tourist will ever see the old Reagan County Courthouse at Stiles unless he is looking for it, or just flat lost.”  That’s what a contributor on the Ghost Towns web site had to say about Stiles, Texas.  It’s a bit off the beaten track these days.

Stiles had a storied history dating back to the mid-seventeenth century when Captains Diego del Castillo and Hernán Martin were sent out to explore an area which would later be Texas.  Castillo and Martin passed through the area and camped a night or two near where Stiles was eventually located near the Centralia Draw.  A short-cut to the Santa Fe Trail would later be carved out nearby as well.

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