Swearingen, Texas, where this ruined farmhouse sits, is a Texas ghost town. Named for the owner of the OX Ranch, the town was founded in 1908. By 1913 it was thriving—by 1930, the ranch was dissolved and the town began its decline.
One man remembers this house: “The farmhouse shown on your website belonged to my grandparents – John Tannahill and Nora Stockton Tannahill. And my sister and I grew up going to that house as a weekend getaway from our home in Wichita Falls, TX. It never did have running water – but did get electricity. We also had butane. Our mother, Laura Tannahill Doing, often talked about how the school teacher would live in one of the downstairs rooms of the house. John Tannahill was a ranch manager and also had the grocery store in Swearingen.”
Via TexasEscapes Photo by Erik Whetstone.