Top Gear was an amazing show from 2002-2015, and during that time the presenters had several adventures throughout the world where they would do things like have road trips on motorcycles, off-road through the Amazon, or duel with crocodiles in Florida. Those trips inspire us to spend a thousand dollars on some beater car and limp it across thousands of miles of peril, or at least want to.
What can do you though, when you aren’t backed by a massive budget can’t afford a car as broken as $1,000? If you live in a massive state like Texas, you don’t need to model Top Gear and go to Botswana or Vietnam to find adventure. Texas is rich with tons of history begging to be uncovered and is big enough to make it an adventure. While there are several options available, there are a lot of abandoned sites to witness in Texas. These are a few possibilities we came across.
No matter what road trip you’re going to take in Texas, you’re bound to hit a couple ghost towns. There are more than a thousand ghost towns in Texas, and if that’s your thing then Texas is the place for you to be. A few of them were railroad towns, but some were the result of successful mining operations dating back to the early 1900s and even the late 1880s. It wouldn’t be hard to plot a road trip around Texas with the goal of seeing a few ghost towns.
Less than 100 of these were made, and there is a couple still around in Texas. The Futuro Houses were designed by Matti Suuronen and built during the 1960s and ‘70s, all around the world. The Futuro House was built to be portable but was met with a lot of hostility because of its strange appearance. As a result supposedly 60 Futuro Houses remain scattered around the world, where others have been vandalized and/or demolished. Finland, Australia, and North America are just a few countries that still have them around somewhere. Some are still up for sale.
Set to be the largest particle accelerator in history, the Superconducting Super Collider was a project that was abandoned during construction in the early 1990s. It sat attempting to be sold several times until 2006 when it was made into a data center. You can still drive up and see the multi-billion dollar project.
Old abandoned speedways are haunting. To know that cars and motorcycles once bled rubber into the pavement at life-threatening speeds is enough to expedite chills through your nerves, and the Texas World Speedway has become one of them. Built in 1969, the Texas World Speedway was only one of seven super speedways in the US. To go to this decommissioned racetrack is to see where the great Bruce McLaren claimed his 1969 Can-Am series victory. The track has been slated for demolition since January 2016, but as of July of this year the demolition hasn’t yet begun, so if you hurry you may be able to catch it.
Only one of a kind, the house belonging to the late, great Robert Bruno still stands, albeit now as a tourist attraction, on Canyon View Drive in Ransom Canyon. Built almost entirely by Bruno himself, construction of the all steel house began about three decades prior to Bruno’s death in 2008. It has since been unoccupied and unfinished.
Like we said, there are plenty of other things to do in Texas. Mystery abounds though, and there is so much history that you’re bound to hit at least one of these destinations on our list throughout any road trip you decide to take in Texas.
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