Thurber Ghost Town, Thurber
1. Visit the Smokestack
The smokestack is one of the only remains of the town still standing.
2. The Smoke Stack Restaurant
Housed in the old Texas & Pacific Mercantile Building, the Smoke Stack Restaurant is a terrific place to grab a bite to eat.
3. Thurber Bricks
Explore around the town for traces of Thurber Bricks, which were produced in Thurber. The bricks can also be found in Fort Worth’s Stockyards and Camp Bowie Blvd, the Seawall in Galveston and Congress Ave in Austin, among other places! Now, we always check any old bricks for the Thurber stamp.
4. Thurber Cemetery
Obtain a key from the Smokestack Restaurant to the gate of the Thurber Cemetery (leave your driver’s license) and explore the lives of those who lived, worked and died in Thurber. There are many unmarked graves, and many of the graves are over 100 years old. The cemetery is divided into 3 sections, African-American, White Protestant and Catholic, and makes a very realistic history lesson for older children.
5. W. K. Gordon Center
Learn about the history of Thurber through photos and items from the town at the W. K. Gordon Center. Open Tue – Sun., click HERE for times and more information.
6. New York Hill
New York Hill, so named because it was home to the nicest homes, is on the south side of the interstate. It includes the W.K. Gordon Center, and the New York Hill Restaurant, which has many photos and artifacts from Thurber.
For more history on this location, click HERE.
7. Thurber Historical Park
Located on the south side of I-20, the Thurber Historical Park is the home of a Miner’s House and a church, as well as a train car.
Things to do in the Thurber area
Ringling Lake Park in nearby Eastland offers hiking trails, fishing and an archery club on land once owned by the circus king, John Ringling. Click HERE to read more.
Thurber is home to both the Smoke Stack and New York Hill Restaurants.
Mary’s Cafe in nearby Strawn always seems to make the BEST OF list by various food critics around the state for both their chicken fried steak and their hamburgers. They don’t have a website, facebook page or anything else, but they always have a line.
The turrets of Greystone Castle can be seen from the I-20 on the South side of the highway, almost covered by the tops of the trees. It’s a 6,000 acre game ranch, which also offers facilities for tours and weddings. Click HERE to visit their website.
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