“Postcards” : Terlingua Abaja

Posted on Aug 16, 2012
“Postcards” : Terlingua Abaja

The current exhibit at the Center for Architecture is called ” Postcards”. It is an exhibit of places that have influenced local architects. My family spent more vacations than one could keep track of visiting Big Bend National Park. Several places that we explored there made an impression, and all had strange names like Ernst Tanaja, Luna’s jacal, and Castillon. My contribution is a photo taken @1995 of an old wall of a farmer’s residence in Terlingua Abaja. There are several other photos from probably the same camera roll attached here.
Terlingua Abaja was a farming village from 1900 until the 1930′s. The rock and adobe ruins dot the hills along a creek that flows into the Rio Grande near the mouth of Santa Elena Canyon. When this land was settled there were cottonwoods that lined the creek and fertile soil for crops. A sign posted at the entry to this area of the park ends with this statement: “Man has taken a heavy toll on this land”. It is an unworldly place, hills of shale and no soil, abandoned ruins and broken bottles.